Board Certified Orthodontist in Kokomo, IN providing Invisalign, traditional braces and orthodontic retainers.
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Better Orthodontic Technology for a Better Smile

Think about someone you know who has a stunning smile. It’s not just about pretty teeth, is it? It makes them stand out and carry themselves with confidence. The way we accomplish an award-winning smile is through our use of modern technology combined with great and personal service. With our dependable orthodontic services, we will improve the appearance and alignment of your teeth with beautiful results.

Board Certified Orthodontist vs General Dentist 

Orthodontists understand the complexity of growth development and facial form.  Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just movement of teeth.  There’s a reason orthodontists go to additional years of highly competitive orthodontic school – to learn and perfect their ability in the specialty.  A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health check-ups, comparable to your family doctor.  Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment plans, but have not been trained or educated in the area. A board certified orthodontist is committed to the highest level of patient care including a comprehensive treatment approach to ensure quality work.  And board certified orthodontists must re-new their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to excellence. 
Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference is that all orthodontists like Dr. Emerick are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.
  • How are orthodontist and dentist similar?
The main similarity between a dentist and orthodontist is that they both focus on oral care. An orthodontist can work in a dental office and provide the same care as a dentist. So in this respect, they are quite similar. They are both considered doctors, and deal with the teeth and gums.
  • How are orthodontist and dentist different?
There are more differences than similarities. An orthodontist requires additional schooling as a dental specialty; the situation is similar to a doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon. Another difference is that orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. If a patient has an overbite, a dentist will refer him or her to an orthodontist.

Why Orthodontics?

A beautiful smile is the most obvious result of orthodontic treatment, however there are many more benefits to orthodontics. Children with misaligned teeth and jaws can experience symptoms daily such as pain, inability to eat or chew comfortably, speech problems, embarrassment, poor dental health, low self-esteem, refusal to laugh or smile, and distraction from learning. Untreated orthodontic problems also contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ problems and loss of teeth.
The professionals associated with Ladd Orthodontics understand how important it is for children to have a happy, healthy smile and that good oral health is essential to a child’s overall general health and well-being throughout their entire life.
Ladd Orthodontic's goal is to obtain excellent oral, social, personal, psychological and physical health for the underpriviledged children of our communities and ultimately improve their quality of life. Having confidence and a beautiful smile are great benefits, but what is equally important is the prevention of any health problems associated with your teeth and gums. Our Ladd Orthodontics team will eliminate your concerns about tooth decay, gum disease or total tooth loss by simple corrections and helpful advice

What Will My Orthodontic Treatment Include?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer for orthodontic treatments. Our goal is to find the perfect solution for you so that you get the result that you want and need. There are three different stages to orthodontic treatment: the planning stage, the active stage and the retention stage. All are vital to the process and important to understand. We break your options down in an easy-to-understand way, so you never feel confused or overwhelmed. Ladd Orthodontics has also partnered with Carecredit to provide our patients with as much financial flexibility as possible, and increase the availability and accessibility of orthodontic care to the Kokomo, Peru and surrounding communities.

Your Orthodontist and You

Sitting in an orthodontic seat with someone picking at your teeth can be uncomfortable. However, our caring professionals want you to feel as relaxed as possible. Our philosophy is to educate the customer on your options and benefits. We work hard to explain these in an easy-to-understand way, so you can make the best decision for you and your family. LADD Orthodontics is committed to taking care of our patients in friendly way, so you leave feeling safe and satisfied.
Board Certified Orthodontist in Peru, IN providing Invisalign, traditional braces, and orthodontic retainers.