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What Is An Orthodontist? What Do They Do?

In the pursuit of a confident and radiant smile, the role of an orthodontist is paramount. These dental professionals possess a unique set of skills and expertise that goes beyond routine dental care. But what exactly is an orthodontist, and what do they do? At Dischinger Orthodontics, we’re here to demystify the world of orthodontics and shed light on the vital role these specialists play in achieving the smile of your dreams.

Orthodontics is more than just a profession; it’s a passion rooted in the belief that everyone deserves a smile they can proudly share with the world. As a leader in orthodontic care, Dischinger Orthodontics is committed to delivering exceptional results and fostering a warm and welcoming environment for our patients.

In this article, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of orthodontics, exploring what orthodontists do and why they are indispensable for achieving a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile. So, if you’ve ever wondered about the magic behind a stunning smile transformation, join us on this enlightening journey to discover the art and science of orthodontics.

Let’s embark on this informative exploration to uncover the essence of orthodontics and the unwavering commitment of Dischinger Orthodontics to your dental well-being.

What Is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who possesses a unique skill set dedicated to the art and science of aligning teeth and jaws to create healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing smiles. While general dentists provide essential oral healthcare services, orthodontists are experts in diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities that involve alignment issues.

Orthodontists undergo rigorous and specialized training beyond dental school to become masters of their craft. This includes additional years of education and hands-on experience that focus exclusively on orthodontics. Their in-depth knowledge and expertise enable them to address a wide range of dental concerns related to bite problems, tooth misalignment, and jaw irregularities.

At Dischinger Orthodontics, our orthodontists are at the forefront of the field, dedicated to delivering exceptional orthodontic care. We are passionate about transforming smiles, enhancing oral health, and boosting our patients’ self-confidence. Whether you’re dealing with crooked teeth, an overbite, or other orthodontic challenges, our team has the skills and experience to provide personalized treatment tailored to your unique needs.

Orthodontists like those at Dischinger Orthodontics are not just dental professionals; they are artists and problem solvers, working tirelessly to craft the perfect smile for each patient. We understand that a beautiful smile is more than just straight teeth; it’s a reflection of your personality, confidence, and overall well-being.

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

Orthodontists are the architects of smiles, and their primary mission is to create harmony within the oral cavity. They specialize in identifying, diagnosing, and treating a wide array of dental and facial irregularities that impact the alignment of teeth and jaws. So, what exactly does an orthodontist do, and why is their role so pivotal in the realm of oral healthcare?

Diagnosis and Assessment: Orthodontists are skilled diagnosticians. They meticulously evaluate your oral health, conducting thorough examinations, which may include X-rays, photographs, and digital impressions. This comprehensive assessment helps them identify issues such as misaligned teeth, overcrowding, bite problems, and jaw irregularities.

Treatment Planning: Once a diagnosis is made, orthodontists create customized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. These plans outline the specific orthodontic treatments required to achieve a healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing smile.

Orthodontic Treatments: Orthodontists offer a range of treatments designed to correct dental and facial irregularities. The most common of these treatments involve the use of braces, aligners, and other orthodontic appliances. Braces gently guide teeth into their ideal positions, while aligners provide a discreet alternative for many patients.

Monitoring Progress: Throughout the course of treatment, orthodontists closely monitor progress to ensure that teeth and jaws are moving as planned. Adjustments are made as necessary to achieve optimal results.

Patient Education: Orthodontists are educators as well as healthcare providers. They take the time to educate patients about their orthodontic conditions, treatment options, and proper oral hygiene practices. This empowers patients to actively participate in their care and maintain their oral health.

Smile Transformation: The ultimate goal of an orthodontist is to transform smiles. They enhance not only the aesthetics of a smile but also its functionality. A well-aligned smile promotes better oral health, improves speech, and can boost an individual’s self-esteem and confidence.

At Dischinger Orthodontics, our orthodontists are passionate about creating beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. We understand that each patient is unique, and we take pride in crafting personalized treatment plans to address their specific needs and goals.

The Importance of Choosing an Orthodontist

Selecting an orthodontist is a significant decision on your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile. While general dentists provide essential oral healthcare, orthodontists are specialists who offer a unique level of expertise in addressing alignment issues and bite problems. Here are some compelling reasons why choosing an orthodontist is crucial:

Specialized Training: Orthodontists undergo extensive, specialized training in orthodontics, which extends beyond dental school. This in-depth education equips them with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat a wide range of dental and facial irregularities effectively.

Experience Matters: Orthodontists focus exclusively on orthodontic care. They accumulate years of hands-on experience, making them experts in their field. Their experience ensures that you receive the highest standard of care and the best possible results.

Customized Treatment: Orthodontists understand that every patient is unique. They create personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you require braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances, your treatment will be designed with your individual characteristics in mind.

Cutting-Edge Technology: Orthodontists stay current with the latest advancements in orthodontic technology and techniques. This commitment to innovation enables them to offer state-of-the-art treatments that are more comfortable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing.

Comprehensive Care: Orthodontists provide comprehensive care, addressing not only the alignment of your teeth but also the health of your jaw, airway, and overall oral well-being. They take a holistic approach to ensure that your smile is both beautiful and functional.

Commitment to Excellence: Orthodontists are passionate about perfecting smiles. They are dedicated to delivering exceptional results and helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. Your orthodontist’s commitment to excellence ensures that your treatment is of the highest quality.

Patient-Centered Approach: Orthodontists prioritize patient care and comfort. They take the time to educate you about your treatment options, answer your questions, and involve you in decisions about your orthodontic care. Your orthodontist is your partner on your journey to a healthier smile.

At Dischinger Orthodontics, we understand the transformative power of a beautiful smile. Our orthodontists are not only experts in their field but also compassionate caregivers who are deeply committed to your oral health and well-being. When you choose Dischinger Orthodontics, you’re choosing a team that will be with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation to the day you reveal your stunning new smile.

Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic treatments are a diverse and dynamic field of dentistry dedicated to enhancing the alignment of teeth and jaws. At Dischinger Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge orthodontic treatments designed to address a variety of dental and facial irregularities. Here’s an overview of some of the orthodontic solutions we provide:

Traditional Braces: Traditional metal braces are a time-tested and highly effective way to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Today’s braces are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than ever before, with smaller, sleeker brackets and colorful band options for a personalized touch.

Clear Aligners: Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, offer a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces. These transparent, removable aligners gradually shift your teeth into their ideal positions, all while providing unmatched flexibility and comfort.

Airway-Centered Orthodontics: We take a holistic approach to orthodontics by addressing not only the alignment of your teeth but also your airway health. Airway-centered orthodontics can be especially beneficial for patients with breathing disorders like sleep apnea.

Surgical Orthodontics: In cases of severe jaw irregularities, surgical orthodontics may be necessary. This collaborative approach involves both our orthodontists and oral surgeons working together to correct jaw alignment and improve overall oral function.

Early Treatment: Early orthodontic intervention, often recommended for children as young as seven, can help guide proper jaw growth and create space for erupting adult teeth. This proactive approach can prevent more significant problems later on.

Adult Orthodontics: It’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Adult orthodontics address misalignment, bite issues, and other concerns that may arise later in life. We offer discreet treatment options to suit your lifestyle.

Spark Aligners: Our advanced Spark aligner system utilizes the latest innovations in aligner material and treatment planning technology, delivering more predictable and efficient results.

TMJ/TMD Treatment: Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) can cause discomfort and pain in the jaw and facial muscles. Our orthodontists can diagnose and provide treatment options to alleviate these symptoms.

Trudenta: This drug-free, needle-free solution addresses chronic headaches, migraines, and TMJ/TMD-related pains through a holistic approach, focusing on bite imbalances and muscle therapy.

Each of these orthodontic treatments plays a unique role in enhancing the alignment of teeth and jaws. Our experienced orthodontists will work closely with you to determine the most suitable treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals.

Patient-Centric Approach

At Dischinger Orthodontics, our commitment to excellence extends beyond clinical expertise and cutting-edge technology. We are dedicated to providing patient-centered care that prioritizes your comfort, convenience, and overall experience throughout your orthodontic journey.

Here’s what you can expect from our patient-centric approach:

Personalized Care: We understand that each patient is unique, and we take the time to listen to your concerns and goals. Your treatment plan is customized to address your specific orthodontic needs, ensuring the best possible results.

Transparent Communication: We believe in open and transparent communication. Our orthodontists will explain your treatment options in clear, understandable terms and encourage you to ask questions. You are an active participant in your orthodontic care.

Comfort and Convenience: We strive to make your orthodontic experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. From our welcoming office environment to our flexible scheduling options, we aim to provide a stress-free journey.

Cutting-Edge Technology: We stay at the forefront of orthodontic technology to offer you the latest advancements in treatment options. This means more efficient, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing orthodontic solutions.

Compassionate Care: Our team is not only highly skilled but also compassionate and caring. We understand that orthodontic treatment can be a significant life event, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Holistic Wellness: We take a holistic approach to orthodontics, recognizing the interconnectedness of oral health with overall well-being. This approach includes addressing airway health and other factors that impact your quality of life.

Patient Education: Knowledge is empowering. We educate you about your orthodontic condition, treatment options, and oral health maintenance. Informed patients are better equipped to make decisions about their care.

Flexible Financing: We offer flexible financing options to ensure that high-quality orthodontic care is accessible to everyone. Our team will work with you to find a payment plan that fits your budget.

Convenient Locations: With offices in Lake Oswego and Portland, we provide convenient access to orthodontic care for patients in the Portland Metro area.

Positive Experience: Our ultimate goal is to create a positive orthodontic experience that leaves you with a beautiful smile and a lasting impression of Dischinger Orthodontics.

When you choose Dischinger Orthodontics, you’re not just selecting a team of orthodontists; you’re becoming a valued member of our orthodontic family. We take pride in building meaningful relationships with our patients and watching their smiles transform.


Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth; it’s about transforming lives by improving oral health, enhancing facial aesthetics, and boosting overall well-being. At Dischinger Orthodontics, we are passionate about delivering exceptional orthodontic care that goes beyond the surface.

Our team of highly trained orthodontists, Dr. Bill Dischinger and Dr. Sara Edmondson, are dedicated to providing patient-centric, holistic orthodontic solutions. We understand that each patient is unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to address your specific needs and goals.

From traditional braces to clear aligners, early treatment to adult orthodontics, and surgical orthodontics to airway-centered care, we offer a comprehensive range of orthodontic services. Our commitment to using cutting-edge technology ensures that you receive the most advanced and effective treatments available.

We believe that orthodontic care is about more than just straightening teeth; it’s about creating beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Our holistic approach considers factors like airway health, facial aesthetics, and overall well-being, ensuring that you receive comprehensive care.

Thank you for considering Dischinger Orthodontics as your partner in orthodontic care. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Remember, at Dischinger Orthodontics, we’re not just straightening teeth; we’re transforming lives—one smile at a time.