Why You Can Trust Bubon Orthodontics to Straighten Your Teeth!

Dr. Loretoni from Bubon Orthodontics

All Orthodontists are Dentists—but not all Dentists are Orthodontists…

At Bubon Orthodontics, the majority of our doctors have attended a traditional orthodontic residency program. As stipulated by the Wisconsin State Dental Board, all of our doctors are required to attend an annual CE (Continuing Education) courses in orthodontics. Most importantly, all of our doctors have completed our in-house preceptorship program. This is an accelerated learning program during which time the doctor will see between 60-80 patients per day and complete hundreds of orthodontic cases over a 2-year period in the largest orthodontic practice in the state of Wisconsin—Bubon Orthodontics! Whereas most general dentists who provide basic orthodontics also do check-ups, cleanings, fillings and other dental procedures, at Bubon Ortho, all of our doctors work only on straitening teeth all day every day!

In addition, our preceptorship program is highly focused. We don’t dwell on antiquated treatment methods (such as headgear). All of our doctors train specifically in Functional Orthodontics (also known as Functional Jaw Orthopedics or “FJO”). FJO orthodontia is a holistic type of treatment that stresses working with a patient’s natural growth and development--guiding teeth into the dental arches naturally as they erupt through the gums. This means less need for extractions of adult teeth. FJO also means finding ways to correct skeletal discrepancies (overbites, underbites and crossbites) without resorting to surgery and working to improve the patient’s airway. Finally, it puts great emphasis on promoting TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) health as part of the orthodontic process.

Technically, orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that any licensed dentist can legally perform. Statistics state that approximately 75% of non-specialist dentists (dentists who did not attend an orthodontic residency program) provide some form of orthodontic care out of their offices. But, where do these dentists learn how to do orthodontics? As mentioned earlier, most learn by attending continuing education (CE) courses after graduating from dental school. These CE courses typically comprise a one or two-day weekend. Other CE programs can be more comprehensive in scope and span a number of weekends over a one-two year period. Thus, a longer orthodontic CE program generates as much as 300 CE hours in orthodontics or roughly the equivalent of 9 weeks of full-time orthodontic experience. However, even with this extra training, unless a doctor goes through an official, and extensive, orthodontic residency, they cannot earn a degree in orthodontia nor can they call themselves an orthodontist. Much like a general family practice doctor can technically assist in a heart surgery, they cannot call themselves a cardiac surgeon without training for many years in an official cardiac surgery residency program.

Traditional residency programs in orthodontics last for 2-3 years. These residencies teach dentists the fundamentals of orthodontics: wire bending, tooth force mechanics, bracket positioning and a variety of orthodontic treatment philosophies and methods. The residents typically see 5-7 patients per day and assuming responsibility for around 35-40 patients in total. Residents will likely only complete treatment on half of these patients over the course of their 24-36-month residency. So the education, while granting the title “orthodontist” is somewhat limited in terms of the total orthodontic experience necessary to handle the variety of malocclusions [crooked teeth and bad bites] out there.

In summary, whether the treatment being rendered is Invisalign or braces, all the dentists and orthodontists at Bubon Orthodontics have a vast amount of education & experience using the most modern orthodontic techniques available today. Every office has at least one doctor working out of it who attended an orthodontic residency and is a certified member of the American Association of Orthodontics. You can be sure you are in good hands at any Bubon Orthodontic location!

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