Meet Your Austin Orthodontist
EXPERT AUSTIN ORTHODONTIST
Meet Dr. Seth Briggs
I grew up in Johnstown, a small town in northern Colorado. I attended college at New Mexico State University, where I studied microbiology and was a four-year track and field student-athlete.
After undergrad, I married my sweetheart Allyson, and we began our life adventure together. I next attended Creighton University School of Dentistry.
While at Creighton, I was elected class president and served on numerous student advisory boards. Also while at Creighton, I was gifted braces treatment by an Omaha orthodontist who quickly became my friend and mentor.
Being in his office for braces adjustment and watching my own smile transform, I could see firsthand how a smile could be changed and what a blast working with children and teens could be. I decided then that orthodontics was the path I wanted to follow.
After dental school, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, completed a residency in advanced clinical dentistry, and was awarded Officer of the Year while serving in California.
How orthodontists and dentists differ
While orthodontists and dentists have similar backgrounds, the two professions are actually quite different. In fact, all orthodontist are trained as dentists first, but in addition to completing dental school to become a dentist, orthodontists continue their education for a few additional years to earn the license and certification necessary to be considered an orthodontist. That means that orthodontists have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. That education includes what to do, how to plan and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan for patients' unique cases.
Why seeing an orthodontist matters
If you're hoping to achieve a beautiful, straight forever smile that you can feel confident in, it's important that you see an orthodontist to help guide you on your journey. This is because the additional training that orthodontists undergo helps them develop the skills necessary to diagnose and treat more complex orthodontic cases. Dentists also receive basic orthodontic training which enables them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.
Seeing your Austin 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 Austin orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.
And don't let price be a problem either! Austin Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Austin area.