Should you ask your dentist if orthodontics is right for you?

Your dentist is oftentimes the first person who will notice misaligned teeth or bite issues. After all, you visit them every six months, and they have seen how your teeth, bite, and jaw have shifted over time. But your dentist does not have to refer you or your child to an orthodontist to get a beautiful smile!


Dentists and orthodontists work in different spheres of oral health, and this is the main reason a referral is not necessary. Both professionals have degrees in dentistry and work on your teeth, but we specialize in different areas. All orthodontists are dentists but we go through additional school and training to become specialized in aligning the teeth and jaws. Dentists specialize in maintaining positive oral health. Just as you wouldn’t ask your orthodontist to treat a cavity, you wouldn’t expect your dentist to do your braces.


It is common for dentists to recommend experienced and highly-revered orthodontists in the community to their patients if they believe orthodontic treatment is needed. But that’s not the only way you can get an appointment with an orthodontist!


Simply conduct an online search of qualified orthodontists in your area—check their reviews and see what others are saying. Check out their practice website while analyzing what sets this office apart from others. Do they offer flexible financial payment plans? Are staff members in the office bilingual? Does the office have fun reward programs for its patients? (We check the box for all three!) Look for the key items that are most important to you or your child to make the best decision in choosing the orthodontist who is right for your family.


You will be visiting your orthodontist every six to eight weeks for twelve to twenty-four months. You’re making an investment in your future to transform your smile into one that exudes confidence. Take the extra steps now in researching orthodontists to find the right one for your particular lifestyle and needs. Orthodontics should be a fun and enjoyable experience for all—we know it is at Castilla Orthodontics!


No matter if you were referred to us by your dentist, found us on social media, or heard about us through a friend, at Castilla Orthodontics all your questions and concerns will be answered in an informative and fun manner. We want all our patients to enjoy their time with us and have a beautiful, healthy smile at the end of treatment! Get in touch with us today to schedule your complimentary consultation by calling, texting, or Facebook messaging us!