Roth/Williams Orthodontic Training
Drs. John Lawson and Wayne Sletten are proud to announce that they have undergone extensive training at the Roth/Williams Center for Functional Occlusion and continue their learning through the Roth/Williams International Society of Orthodontists.
I. Some basic facts you should know
- Orthodontics is the oldest specialty in dentistry.
- An orthodontic specialist has had at least two years of university education beyond four years of dental education.
- Any licensed general dentist can practice orthodontics, but is not a recognized specialist. Orthodontic specialists do not practice general dentistry.
- Doctors in dentistry who are known for their knowledge of function, all agree that the relationship between the teeth and jaw joints is the primary key to long-term health and stability of the chewing system.
- Most orthodontic schools focus primarily on tooth alignment and do not teach students how to correct the functional relationship between the teeth and jaw joints.
II. Why is the Roth/Williams orthodontist different?
The Roth/Williams orthodontist has taken a special advanced course that teaches the Roth/Williams philosophy of orthodontics. Graduates of this course have been shown how to correct the bite as well as align teeth for an attractive smile. Thus for the Roth/Williams doctor, orthodontics is a health service as well as a cosmetic one. It is the only course of its kind in the world. The intense course format allows doctors to study and learn the information, practice the clinical skills needed, and gradually transform their practices. The practice of dedicated Roth/Williams orthodontists will be different in many ways from the traditional tooth alignment orthodontic practice.
III. You will need to choose
There is a philosophical division in the orthodontic specialty that is important to you - one group of doctors believes there is a strong functional relationship between the teeth, muscles and jaw joints which should be meticulously respected throughout diagnosis and treatment. The other group of doctors believes the tooth/muscle/joint relationship is of little or no significance, and alignment of teeth will serve the patient just as well.
IV. How can you tell?
The committed Roth/Williams graduate carefully considers the tooth to jaw joint relationship from the beginning to end of orthodontic treatment, as a result, his/her practice can be differentiated from the "tooth alignment" practice in a number of ways, for example the Roth/Williams orthodontist:
- Will rarely use the "one appointment" exam, diagnosis, and treatment plan which is very popular today.
- Will gather and take the time to study necessary records prior to explaining your individualized treatment plan and treatment options.
- Will routinely mount dental molds on an instrument, the articulator, which is crucial if the doctor is to study the functional relationship between the teeth and joints.
- Often obtains images of the jaw joints.
- Will time the beginning of treatment so braces can be placed on the twelve year molars which are the teeth closest to the jaw joints and have a profound effect on functional jaw movement.