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American Fork Orthodontics, PC

Alan C Carter DDS, MS and Rodney G Northrup DDS, MS


What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.  The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion, which is simply another way of saying "bad bite."

When you have a malocclusion, that means your teeth and/or jaws do not line up the way they should.  As a result, our teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly, and your jaws may look unbalanced.

To fix bad bites, orthodontists, (dentists who have specialized in the study of malocclusions), use braces and other corrective procedures, including materials often called "appliances," to achieve tooth and jaw alignment.  This correction of the teeth and their supportive structures makes for a healthy, attractive smile.

What is an Orthodontist?

An Orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.  All orthodontists are dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists.  Admission to orthodontic programs is extremely competitive and selective.  It takes many years to become an orthodontist and the educational requirements are demanding.

To become an Orthodontist,one must complete college requirements before starting a three to four year graduate program at a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA).  After dental school (where the DDS is received), at least two or three academic years of advanced specialty education in an ADA-accredited orthodontic program are required to be an Orthodontist.  The program includes advanced education in biomedical, behavioral, and basic sciences.  The orthodontic student learns the complex skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics).  

Only dentists who have successfully completed these advanced specialty education programs may call themselves Orthodontists.  They will then receive their Certificate of Orthodontics and, in some programs, may also have concurrently completed a Master's degree, receiving their MS.

FREE Initial Exam and Consultation

At American Fork Orthodontics, we want to make the initial visit as comfortable as possible.  That's why we offer a no fee initial exam and consultation to discuss your needs or your child's needs and to answer any questions that you may have.  When treatment is recommended, we will be able to give an estimate of the cost and discuss payment options as well as answer any insurance questions you may have.

We work with MANY if not MOST insurance companies and we will gladly call and find out your coverage as well as file your insurance claim as a courtesy to you, so you will be well informed to make an educated decision on any recommended treatment.  We also accept cash, check, and credit card.  We offer a payment in full discount and discounts for additional immediate family members.

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