We get a lot of questions at our initial consultation. One of those questions usually involves the difference between a general dentist and an orthodontist. Patients always ask us why Dr. Jase and Dr. Justin can’t just complete their restorative work or fillings. While Dr. Jase and Dr. Justin both completed four years of dental school and worked for a year as general dentists, its not what they do everyday. Their area of expertise is orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
They spent more than two years after dental school going through orthodontic training. Their training didn’t just involve how to move teeth into proper alignment but the guidance of facial development and growth. When one of our doctors sits down at consult, he is not only considering the shape, profile and facial balance of a 13, 18 or 25-year-old but how those same patients will look at 40, 50 and 70 years old. When orthodontics is concerned, tomorrow and every day thereafter is just as important as today. Certain features of the face will continue to grow as the patient ages and others, like lip support, will diminish. So, it is not always about what looks best in that moment but how that patient will look in all the moments of their lives.
After founding Olsen Orthodontics, the doctors both agreed to become board certified orthodontists. To do this, they underwent hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate that their skill, judgement and knowledge would provide the highest quality of care for each patient. They completed a written exam by the American Board of Orthodontics and submitted cases for clinical and peer reviews. This was the last and ultimate step in ensuring that their skill set and treatment recommendations at Olsen Orthodontics would be always to the patient’s benefit.
It was a grueling process but one they both felt very strongly about — a way to assure the patients know that the doctor on the other side of the chair was an informed and knowledgable expert in his field.