What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, further their education at an accredited orthodontic residency program. This training lasts at least two to three years—sometimes more. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.

Orthodontists, like Dr. Hao, diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (misaligned aligned teeth and/or jaws) and regularly treat young children, teens and adults.