Choosing the right Orthodontist in Dubai

If you have a sore throat you probably wouldn't go to see a Dermatologist. You also wouldn't let your Ear, Nose and Throat doctor treat a skin rash. So why do some people have their general dentists do their orthodontic treatment?

An orthodontist is a dentist who in addition to having attended dental school for 5 years, has had 3 extra years of fulltime training at a dental school or university. Orthodontist specialists diagnose and treat all types of maloccusion. This basically means they help children and adults to straighten their teeth, correct irregular bites and sometimes even assist the dentists in putting the teeth in their correct positions before having further work done, like implants, crowns, bridges, veneers etc. Orthodontists help to fix both functional and aesthetic problems.

Finding the best orthodontist in Dubai, you need to make sure the doctor meets a number of criteria:

  • The doctor should be a qualified specialist orthodontist
  • The doctor should also perform the orthodontic treatment himself/herself and not delegate it to other doctors or staff
  • Most malocclusions will have a number of treatment alternatives, make sure to discuss these in detail before committing to a treatment
  • You should feel comfortable with your orthodontist as you will be spending a lot of time together until the end of the treatment.
  • Make sure the orthodontist uses internationally recognised braces and treatment modalities. This is especially helpful if you leave Dubai and need to continue your treatment in your home country or elsewhere.
Orthodontist in Dubai

What happens during my orthodontic consultation?

  • On your first appointment, the orthodontist will listen to your complaint, take a medical history and then proceed to the examine your teeth, bite, jaws, jaw joints and of course your smile!
  • A preliminary diagnosis and treatment plan is discussed, and if the patient is interested in learning more, records are taken.
  • The records usually include:
    • photographs of the teeth, the bite and the smile.
    • A 3shape 3D scan is also taken to produce a virtual study model that can be studied in detail once you have left the clinic.
    • X-rays, the most common being a panoramic x-ray (which gives a good overview of all the teeth) and a lateral cephalogram/ profile x-ray (used to study the relation of the jaws to the teeth and the bite)
  • The orthodontist will use the records to make a proper diagnosis and based on that suggest one or several treatment options.
  • Once you agree on a specific treatment plan, the orthodontic treatment can start!
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