What is an Orthodontist And What Do They Do?

Individuals who are unhappy about their smiles and want to get that picture-perfect smile must reach out to a dentist or an orthodontist. Now, who is a better choice for a smile makeover? Well, if you are still confused, Dr. Thuan-Vu Ho, an orthodontist who practices at Prima Dental is always a better choice over a dentist in Redwood City.

Let us see, why is an orthodontist always the better choice?

Orthodontists are well-qualified & exceptionally trained dentists who are masters in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental-facial distortion. But, a dentist also does the same. A dentist provides all sorts of dental treatments and an orthodontist offers only specialized treatments. They go through exclusive training to deal with teeth and jaws.

So, What Do Orthodontists In Redwood City Do?

Orthodontist and their work:

The below mentioned dental problems are treated by an orthodontist:

  • Tooth Crowding
  • Over or Underbites
  • Jaw malocclusion
  • Misaligned Teeth

Crooked teeth:

A general dentist will refer a patient to an orthodontist if their teeth are crooked and not straight and affecting their appearance. Crooked teeth cause improper bites that cause a lot of discomfort for the patients, sometimes this discomfort does not cause pain but still, the patient wants it corrected.

Jaw and teeth malocclusion:

Orthodontists work with retainers and headgears that help to align a person's misaligned teeth to help the person look better, chew better, and swallow better. An orthodontist will check your jaw and teeth malocclusion at the very first consultation. In case your dentist has referred you then he/she must have spotted malocclusion. An orthodontist will explain the issue with you and the suitable treatment.


Orthodontists will help treat gaps in your teeth called a diastema, if this is not treated on time it will grow larger and distort the structure of your mouth and gums. They will pull your teeth together to rectify the issue. If the patient is left with too many teeth then they will extract the extra teeth to make better spacing.


Orthodontists use braces for alignments, but today instead of braces many orthodontists choose to go with invisalign. They are invisible and do not require metal wires and brackets and are removable.

Orthodontists also treat palate expander issues. It increases the width of the arch of the upper jaw, in order to increase the space area.

Take away:

If you are dealing with any kind of tooth & jaw alignment issues, then visit Dr. Thuan-Vu Ho who practices at Prima Dental in Redwood City. He is one of the best orthodontists in Redwood City to approach.

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1690 Woodside Rd #118,
Redwood City, CA 94061



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