Special Kind of SpecialistDr. Hinesly is a Roth Williams-trained orthodontist. The Roth orthodontist is one who has taken a special advanced course, in addition to the three-year graduate program after dental school. Graduates of this course have been trained on how to correct the bite as well as align the teeth to achieve a healthy, functional, attractive smile.
Orthodontists today generally take one of two fundamental approaches to their disciplineOne group of doctors believes that there is a strong functional relationship between the teeth, muscles and the jaw joints (the temporomandibular joint), which should be meticulously respected and monitored throughout treatment.
The other group of doctors believes the tooth, muscle and joint relationship is of little or no significance. The alignment of the teeth is the goal.
We take the first approachWe rarely use the "one-step exam" in which the diagnosis and treatment plan are done during the same appointment. You will not walk in the first time and walk out with braces.
We gather and take the time to study your records prior to explaining your individualized treatment plan, and we discuss all treatment options.
We routinely mount dental molds on an instrument, the articulator, which is crucial to study the functional relationship between the teeth and joints.
We take radiographic images of the temporomandibular joints.
We time the beginning of treatment so braces can be placed on the 12-year molars, which are the teeth closest to the temporomandibular joint and have a profound effect on functional jaw movements.