What Is an Orthodontist?

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An orthodontist, like Dr. Jerek Petrous of Petrous Orthodontics near Troy MI, is a dentist who has undergone special training to treat facial and dental anomalies like malocclusions (an abnormality in the alignment of the upper and/or lower teeth); similar to medical doctors that choose to specialize in fields like neurology and endocrinology.

What Kind of Problems Do Orthodontists Treat?

Orthodontia focuses on helping to correct patients’ dental malocclusions including:

✓ Underbites
✓ Overbites
✓ Crossbites
✓ Spaces between teeth
✓ Overcrowded teeth
✓ Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

Our Treatment Plans

Here at Petrous Orthodontics we employ many approaches in the treatment of dental malocclusions. The four treatment plans we offer are:

1. Traditional metal braces
2. Color braces
3. Radiance (clear) braces
4. Invisalign

Traditional metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel brackets and wires, and are especially useful in cases where there may be severe misalignment. The brackets and affixed to the surfaces of your teeth, and the attached wires help guide your teeth gradually to the desired alignment.

Color braces are for our patients who like to fashionably show off their braces. We offer a full color selection at no additional cost, and our patients have the option to change their colors at every adjustment visit (5-8 weeks).

Radiance (clear) braces are fitted to the front of the teeth as well, but the brackets are designed to match the color of your teeth. Many people who want a less conspicuous look (for aesthetic or professional reasons), but something equally effective, prefer this system.

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible and are preferred by people adults and teens who are want to retain their image, however note that this system is ideal for patients with mild dental issues. Moreover, the aligners are also easily removed, and should be removed while eating, when brushing teeth, and when flossing; this is a choice that comes with health and hygienic responsibilities.

If I’m Being Treated by an Orthodontist Why Do I Have to See a Dentist?

Visiting your dentist at regular intervals during the time that you are receiving treatment keeps good dental hygiene a part of your daily routine, keeps your teeth healthy and clean, and reduces your overall treatment time.  Especially if you have traditional metal braces, food and plaque can become stuck between your gums and teeth, under the wires connecting your braces, and between the brackets on your teeth. We here at Petrous Orthodontics are here to help you get the brightest, straightest, and healthiest smile! Contact us today at: (248) 588-2020.


Dr. Jerek Petrous and the team at Petrous Orthodontics are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Incognito, braces, surgical orthodontics, and palatal expander in the 48071 zip code area: Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Hazel Park, Warren, or Royal Oak, MI, or would like to schedule an complementary consultation with Dr. Petrous, contact Petrous Orthodontics at: 248.588.2020