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Should I Go to the Dentist or Orthodontist for Braces?

Mouth braces can be one of life’s necessary evils that no one particular looks forward to. Sure, braces for your teeth can give the highly desired outcome of straight teeth, but it isn’t always a smooth path to get there. With so many different options on the market, and so many professionals seemingly to market to those in need, it can be a confusing process to navigate. However, it may surprise you that the best orthodontist near you is right at the family dentistry you already trust.

Typically most people may think the place to start for braces is at an orthodontist’s office. While understandable, this is incorrect for several reasons–the main reason primarily being that you can elect to have many different types of procedures done with your dentist. In fact, there are a few steps you need to take before deciding to make the plunge and signing up for braces.

Head to Your Favorite Dentist

Should you see a dentist before visiting an orthodontist? There are a couple of reasons you need to get a clean (mouth) bill of health before considering orthodontics. Since investing in braces is not only a financial commitment, but also committing to braces for an extended period of time, it is best to make sure that all cavities are filled and you need no additional dental work done. If you do have any cavities that need to be tended to, or you need wisdom teeth removed, your dentist is going to strongly suggest that is taken care of first.

Consider Your Dentist First

Did you know that some dentists are able to take care of braces for you? It’s true! Your dentist will be sure to let you know what is possible in their office, and if it is not possible, they will send you along with a referral to an orthodontist they trust. However, with Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri, your local Lafayette dentist, this is a service she can provide to you without you having to leave the patient chair. This is much more convenient for patients when they are able to have this procedure without having to visit another doctor.

Braces, the Invisible Way

Of course one of the less than pleasant features of wearing braces, after their installation, is the knowledge that you will have to have wires and brackets on your teeth for a few years. However, there is always another option to straighten your teeth without the unappealing brackets. And that, as you may recall, is known as Invisalign.

If you never heard of Invisalign, it is an orthodontic treatment to be used in replacement of braces. Like the name suggests, Invisalign is “invisible”, or clear, and consists of custom made clear aligners that are gently put on teeth. They can even be taken off if need be. Due to their appearance many people can’t even tell when someone is wearing them. Again Dr. Gina Liggio Maestri offers the Invisalign procedure right in her office. While it may not be a solution for everyone, many people, including children and adults, qualify for Invisalign. You may want to check out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment. Learn more on the official Invisalign Website.

No Matter Your Brace Preference, Choose the Professional You Already Trust

Like mentioned previously, the best-kept secret of your local dentist, Dr. Maestri, is you can make your orthodontic decisions with a team you know that will treat you well. Finding a different doctor for orthodontics can be a stressful and time-consuming process. Instead contact Dr. Maestri’s team to set-up an appointment and discuss options that work best for you and your lifestyle. By using a dentist that you already know, you’ll find peace and confidence that you’ll gain that smile you’ve always wanted.

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