An orthodontist is a dental specialist who corrects the position of your teeth and jaws. You might see this type of dental specialist if you have an overbite, underbite or crossbite caused by a misaligned jaw. Orthodontist also correct crooked or misaligned teeth. In these situations, an orthodontist uses braces, clear aligners, palatal expanders, or headgear as part of your treatment plan. Children often see this type of dental specialist, but as adult braces and other alignments become more routine, people of all ages now commonly see orthodontists.

Whether you seek orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, check your dental insurance coverage first so you know what to expect in terms of any out-of-pocket costs. Also, some plans require a referral from your primary dentist before receiving orthodontic treatment, so contact your dental insurance provider about this as well.