Orthodontic FAQs Bixby Knolls, CA
Many of our orthodontic patients in the North Long Beach area have questions, so we at Orthodontics of Bixby Knolls have put together a question-and-answer page for you. If you have further questions that aren’t covered here, just ask our helpful and knowledgeable staff.
What Is Orthodontics and How Does It Relate to Dentistry?
In short, an orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in correcting misalignments. The technical name for a misalignment of the teeth and/or jaw in orthodontics is “malocclusion.” Orthodontists have special training so they can diagnose, treat, and prevent these “malocclusions.” Misalignments of the teeth and jaw can cause problems if left untreated. We usually handle misalignments with orthodontic appliances and technologies like metal braces, InvisalignⓇ clear aligners, or retainers.