What is an Orthodontist?

Rancho Bernardo Orthodontist 4S Ranch


Welcome to Hekmat Orthodontics, Rancho Bernardo Orthodontist 4S Ranch leading and most professional orthodontic clinic. We aim to provide you with the best and most advanced orthodontic care in San Diego, CA. At the same time, you enjoy our luxury and comfortable office. Dr. Hekmat offers the best care combined with the latest technological advances.

  • Clarity™ ceramic braces
  • Empower® self-ligating braces
  • Invisalign®

Contact our friendly and comfortable dental office in Rancho Bernardo to schedule an appointment today! We provide orthodontics care to Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Poway & Carmel Mountain.

What is an Orthodontist


An orthodontist is a fully qualified dentist who embarks on a further three years of university-based study and gains extensive clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the regulating body for this branch of dentistry. Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of this organization adds the assurance that an individual is administering a treatment with specialty education in oral biology and biomechanics. In addition, the AAO recommends that children first be examined by the orthodontist around the age of seven to ensure that jaw and tooth irregularities are not beginning to form.

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that aims to prevent, diagnose and treat facial and dental irregularities, such as malocclusions (bad bites), in much the same way as doctors choose to specialize in areas such as cardiology and neurology, dentists can also choose to specialize. Many orthodontic practices are limited to dentofacial orthopedics and general orthodontics but can successfully treat patients of any age.

What does an orthodontist do?


Anteroposterior deviations

Common examples of anteroposterior deviations include underbite (the lower teeth are positioned further forward than upper teeth) and overbite (the upper teeth are positioned further forward than the lower teeth). Both of these deviations can cause difficulty articulating and chewing.


Overcrowding is one of the most common problems orthodontists treat. On occasion, lack of jawbone space means adult teeth cannot erupt in alignment with existing teeth. The orthodontist can realign the teeth using several unobtrusive devices and treatments.

Aesthetic issues

In some cases, the shape of the whole face is negatively impacted by malocclusions or a bad bite. The orthodontist can restructure and realign the jaw, lips, and teeth to create a beautiful, even smile.

How does Rancho Bernardo Orthodontist 4S Ranch realign jaws and teeth?

Initially, a thorough examination of the jaw and teeth is conducted. Then, panoramic X-rays and study models (bite impressions) will be taken before the orthodontist makes treatment recommendations. The best treatment plan for the patient’s particular condition will be used based on the results.

Here is a brief overview of some of the treatments orthodontists may use:

  • Dental braces
  • Headgear and facemasks
  • Retainers

If you have any questions about orthodontists and the treatments they provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dental office in Rancho Bernardo.


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