Roseburg Office
1729 W Harvard Ave. Suite 3
Roseburg, OR 97471
(541) 673-0924

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Coos Bay Office
375 Park Ave.
Suite 7
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 267-3060

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Choose Your Orthodontist

Dr. LeMert is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. His practice is dedicated solely to properly aligning teeth.  Straightening smiles is what he does, day in and day-out! ..and he loves it!

orthodontist vs dentist

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

A dentist is similar to your family doctor - great for check-ups and filling cavities. An orthodontist is a specialist who has two to three years of additional education, and is an expert in straightening your teeth and choosing the treament option that’s best for you.

To help you find the right kind of professional when you are seeking orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists has developed this list of questions to ask:

  1. To specialize in orthodontics, did you graduate from a two-to-three year residency program in orthodontics after you graduated from dental school?
  2. Do you only do orthodontic treatment, or do you also offer other services like filling cavities, pulling teeth, doing root canals or treating gum disease?
  3. If you provide a variety of services, can you refer me to an orthodontic specialist?
  4. How do you remain current in the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems?
  5. Will my treatment be managed and monitored by an orthodontic specialist?
  6. What treatment options are available to me? How do you determine what type of treatment options would work for me?
  7.   Does your practice offer payment plans and how do they work?
  8. Do you accept my insurance?
  9. How often will I need to come in for office visits?
  10. Are you a member of the American Association of Orthodontists?

There are a lot of treatment options these days, from retainers to clear aligners to invisible, metal, ceramic and micro braces. They each have their uses. Orthodontists have the specialized knowledge to consider all possibilities, based on variables like your age, possible jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth, and more. They know what to use and when to use it, and will work with you to make the best decision - for your best smile.

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