Orthodontics Made Easy: Insight From Our Expert, Dr. Neal Bastian
Answers to your questions
Our services here at Sullivan Bastian are performed by board certified Orthodontist, Dr. Neal Bastian. Orthodontists and dentists share a common foundation in dental education but branch into distinct specialties. While both orthodontists and dentists complete dental school, orthodontists then pursue an additional 2-3 years of specialized training exclusively in orthodontics. This focused education equips them with in-depth expertise in straightening teeth, aligning jaws, and correcting bite issues, making them the true experts in orthodontic treatment.
The key difference lies in the scope of their practice. Dentists provide comprehensive dental care, including check-ups, cleanings, fillings, and more. In contrast, orthodontists dedicate their entire practice to orthodontic treatment. They consistently work with braces, aligners like Invisalign, expanders, and other specialized appliances, ensuring they have an unparalleled understanding of these treatment options.
Choosing an experienced orthodontist is vital because they possess the specialized knowledge and skill required for successful orthodontic outcomes. Your smile is an invaluable asset, and orthodontists are uniquely equipped to deliver the precise care you need, ensuring not only aesthetic improvements but also long-term oral health benefits. By selecting an experienced orthodontist, you’re making an investment in the health and beauty of your smile that will last a lifetime.
During your free 45-minute consultation, we’ll gather your full dental and orthodontic history, including taking our own X-rays and images.
The rest of the visit is spent in conversation with the orthodontist and treatment coordinator about your concerns and potential treatment from start to finish:
- Do I have an orthodontic problem? If so, what is it?
- What treatment options are available?
- How long will my treatment be?
- How much will the treatment cost, and what are my payment options?
Our initial consultations are completely free with no hidden fees.