Meet Your York Orthodontist
Dr. Andrew Pedersen graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in molecular biology and is a magna cum laude graduate of the dental school at the University of Maryland.
He went on to do his orthodontics residency at the University of Maryland where he received his M.S. degree in orthodontics. During that time, he was the chief orthodontic resident during the third year of his residency program.
Dr. Pedersen continues to attend professional development courses. He has years of experience with braces, Invisalign, and other modalities of treatment for children, teens, adults, and everyone in between.
Why an Orthodontist in York?
Orthodontist vs. Dentist
An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Dr. Pedersen continued his formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Pedersen has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.
Why does it matter if you see your York Orthodontist?
Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.
Seeing a specialist like your York orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:
- Providing additional treatment options.
- Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.
- Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.
- Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns
- Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
- You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your York orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.