Practicing orthodontics gives me the chance to make a lasting, positive difference in each patient’s life. Treatment not only leads to a cosmetic improvement of a patient’s teeth and appearance, but often results in an improvement in the person’s self-esteem and confidence.
Beyond that, orthodontic treatment also affects a person’s oral and overall health. Properly positioned teeth mean better function and less stress on the jaw joints and face/neck muscles, as well as improved chewing for better digestion. Treatment also means it is easier to brush and floss the teeth, which decreases the likelihood of the patient developing dental or gum disease – provided the person practices good dental hygiene, of course.
As an orthodontist, I appreciate the different people I interact with each day. My patients always have something new to tell me: children and teens talk about their classes, extracurricular activities, and weekend plans, and adult patients talk about their professions and experiences.
I enjoy our conversations and what I learn from each exchange. This is definitely an added benefit of the profession!
That said, I think the best part of being an orthodontist, and therefore the most rewarding, is the day a patient finishes treatment and we take off their braces. The person looks in the mirror and sees all they have accomplished: they have a smile that won’t stop and they can’t wait to show it to the world!