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Orthodontics

Orthodontists are trained to straighten crooked teeth in order to improve your appearance and oral health.

They offer metal braces, cosmetic aligners, and other options to realign your smile over a period of several months to years.

When do you need to see an orthodontist?

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Why should you go to an orthodontist instead of a dentist?

Orthodontists Are Trained to Realign Your Bite

Advanced Training

Orthodontists study for an additional two to three years after four years of dentistry school.

Specialization

While there are many general dentists who provide orthodontic services, orthodontists focus exclusively on these treatments in order to provide the most in-depth care possible.

Optimal Bite Alignment

While many patients are primarily worried about how a crooked smile looks, it is also more vulnerable to tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth grinding. By straightening your teeth, your orthodontist is also preventing potential health problems

Thankfully, orthodontists provide a number of options to prevent these problems…​
And what about procedures to address existing issues?
  • Trays or Aligners
  • Headgear
  • Clear Braces
  • Ceramic Brackets
  • Damon™ Smile
Orthodontists use specialized tools to improve your treatment…

Diagnostic Technology Lays the Groundwork for More Accurate Treatment

Orthodontists use a number of diagnostic tools to assess your condition and plan your treatment. In addition to digital x-rays, some orthodontists have CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scanners that take a series of images to create a 360-degree replica of your oral cavity. With these images, your doctor can evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment. 

If your orthodontist offers Invisalign, they will use the associated planning software to create the impressions for your customized aligners. These are sent to an Invisalign laboratory for fabrication.

All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. American Association of Orthodontists®

Understanding Dental Insurance for Orthodontics

Unfortunately, insurance is only provided for braces in certain cases. Some states may require that insurance cover the cost of braces for children who need them for medical reasons. For example, if a misaligned bite is interfering with a patient's ability to eat, insurance will typically cover orthodontia. However, insurance coverage isn’t typically available for cosmetic reasons. An orthodontist can walk you through the different payment options and financing is often available.

Enjoy a Straighter Smile

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to realign crooked teeth and misaligned bites. If you are considering orthodontic treatment for you or your child, schedule a consultation to discuss your options with a professional as soon as possible.

Dr. Linstrom and his team

Dr. John R. Linstrom

Dr. John R. Linstrom has been providing state-of-the-art cosmetic and general dentistry for patients in Medford, Oregon since he graduated from top-ranked UCLA School of Dentistry in 1998.

He has been consistently recognized as one of the Rogue Valley’s Favorite Dentists by Medford Sneak Preview readers for the 8th year in a row!

He is pleased to be affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including the:

  • Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Endodontists, Associate Member
  • Oregon Dental Association

Contact us online or call (541) 773-4583 to set up an appointment at our office.

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