Pack Orthodontics has two Tennessee locations: Murfreesboro, TN and Shelbyville, TN. Murfreesboro, TN is about 19 miles west of Woodbury, TN while Shelbyville, TN is about 40 miles to the southwest. Dr. Tracy Pack has nearly 30 years of experience as a practicing orthodontist. He earned his dental degree from the University of Tennessee and then studied orthodontics at St. Louis University. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Tennessee Society of Orthodontics, and the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation.
What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?
An orthodontist is actually a type of dentist who concentrates on straightening teeth and correcting bites. Just as a doctor undergoes further training to become a surgeon or specialist, a dentist undertakes more specialized training to become an orthodontist.
A dentist will educate their patients about good oral hygiene and provide basic services like teeth cleaning. An orthodontist will concentrate on the alignment of a patient’s teeth. They, therefore, prescribe braces, retainers and other appliances like palatal expanders.
When Should Somebody See Our Orthodontist?
Authorities recommend that a child visit an orthodontist for the first time when they are seven years old. By that age, many of their adult teeth will have erupted, and the orthodontist can spot developing problems like crowding or an overbite.
Orthodontists do work with adult patients. While most people in Woodbury, TN still get braces in early adolescence, about 25 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. As far as braces go, there is no such thing as “too late.” On the other hand, the palatal expander, which is used to widen abnormally narrow palates, only works on patients who are still growing.
What Types of Braces Does Pack Orthodontics Offer?
Pack Orthodontics offers both metal and ceramic braces. Metal braces are the oldest and most common type. They consist of stainless steel brackets with an arch wire that nudges the teeth into a correct alignment. They are smaller, more attractive, and more comfortable than the “railroad tracks” of yore.
Ceramic braces have a similar brackets and wire arrangement, but the brackets are clear and, thus, less obvious. While they are as effective as metal braces, they are more fragile, and the patient will have to be careful to avoid damaging them.
When you’re interested in orthodontic treatment in Woodbury, TN, make an appointment at Pack Orthodontics in Murfreesboro, TN or Shelbyville, TN. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.