Why Choose a Specialist

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Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry. While legally any general dentist can provide braces to his or her patients, only 6% of dentists have acquired the specific education and training to become orthodontic specialists.

What’s the difference between general dentists and orthodontists?

Accredited orthodontists, like Dr. Eugene C. Brown, have earned their dental degree and completed an additional post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years in the specialty of orthodontics. This training enables them to provide patients with professional, personalized treatments that address each individual’s needs.

Why should I see an orthodontist instead of a dentist for my treatment?

During orthodontic treatment, teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed. It is important that the treatment is appropriate and properly completed. Unlike dentists, orthodontic specialists have been well educated and taught how to correctly realign teeth and fix improper bite patterns.

How will I know if I'm seeing an orthodontist and not a dentist?

We encourage you to ask the doctor these four main questions to verify that he or she is an orthodontist:

  1. Are you an orthodontic specialist? The doctor should be able to give you a simple answer of, “Yes!” Legally speaking, only orthodontists can state that they have orthodontic training. Dentists cannot.
  2. Where did you complete your orthodontic residency?After the doctor tells you which university he or she attended, we suggest you research the university online to verify that they have an orthodontic program.
  3. Was your orthodontic residency a full-time, 2-3 year accredited program? The doctor should be able to answer, "Yes"; Orthodontic residency programs require at least 40 hours of work per week for at least two-to-three years. This amount of time and training allow orthodontists to gain real-world experience in treating everything, from simple to complex orthodontic cases.
  4. What is your specialist number provided by the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners? Although general dentists have a license number, only orthodontists have an additional "specialist number". Most orthodontists display their certifications in their offices, and this is an excellent way to verify that you're seeing a licensed orthodontic specialist.

By choosing an orthodontist, you are ensuring that you or your children are receiving the highest level of care. At Dr. Eugene C. Brown’s office, we want you to feel confident and know that you’re being treated by an accredited, licensed orthodontic specialist.