Friday, July 6, 2012
Knowing the Difference
This reminds me of an old Sesame Street song,
“One of these things is not like the other. . .”
When it comes to choosing a health care provider, it’s important to understand the differences among the various options. Some general dentists do provide orthodontic care; but what separates them from the orthodontic specialist?
1. The first difference between a general dentist and an orthodontist is training. While a general dentist can take additional short courses in tooth movement (most are weekend courses), Both Dr. Greg, and Dr. Ethan have completed a full-time orthodontic residency after obtaining their dental degrees.
These post-graduate orthodontic programs focused not only on clinical training (how to achieve the desired results), but also on the scientific basis for clinical treatment. At SBS, we understand why treatments work on a biologic, cellular level. This knowledge enables us to make the very best choices for each individual case. Our advanced training helps us recognize and treat even the most complicated cases in our office—something the general dentist rarely does.
2. The second difference between a general dentist and an orthodontist is experience. During post-graduate training, Dr. Greg and Dr. Ethan spent years treating patients under direct supervision. In private practice, they continued to treat hundreds of cases per year. This gives them vast experience in moving teeth, correcting facial deformities, and creating beautiful smiles. Because the general dentist continues to perform routine procedures (exams, cleanings, restorations) between his ortho patients, he has far less opportunity to gain this kind of experience.
3. The third difference is efficiency. At Smiles By Sutherland, orthodontics is all we do. Every member of our staff is specially trained in orthodontic procedures. We do them all day long. We buy orthodontic supplies, equipment and technology. By focusing exclusively on orthodontics, our efficiency allows us to provide top-quality care at competitive prices. Many of our patients are surprised to discover little cost difference between the general dentist and specialized orthodontic treatment at SBS.
Choosing an orthodontic provider is a big decision. With so much at stake—your oral health, a beautiful smile, and a serious financial investment—we understand your need to understand all the options. That’s why we provide free consultations for every new patient.
Call for an appointment. We can help you sort through the possibilities!
Dr. Greg Sutherland,
Dr. Ethan Larson
(with Bette Nordberg)