Orthodontists do much more than just straighten crooked teeth. An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6% of dentists are orthodontists.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve balance and harmony between the teeth and face for a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles. The value in seeing an orthodontist for treatment is that the orthodontist is an expert, highly trained, and understands form, function and a wonderful smile. An orthodontist possesses the expertise to correct irregularities of the bite and facial structures in the mouth and jaw area.
Admission to an orthodontic program is extremely competitive and selective. It takes many years of special training to become an orthodontist, and the educational requirements are demanding. Dr. Kasso completed 4 years of undergraduate requirements before starting a four year graduate program at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing the requirements of dental school, he attended an additional two continuous years of advanced academic specialty education at UOP, San Francisco, to become an orthodontic specialist.
Anyone planning on beginning orthodontic treatment deserves no less than the best from an educated and trained orthodontist specialist who understands and can interpret the complexity of these issues and deliver an excellent result.