In general, orthodontists and dentists work together to help you maintain excellent oral health, but when it comes to straightening your teeth or correcting your bite, it’s better to see an orthodontist to get the best treatment. After all, you wouldn’t go to your family doctor for orthopedic surgery – would you?
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry. Dentists focus on keeping your gums healthy by doing routine cleanings and repairing your teeth if you get a cavity. Orthodontists are trained in treatments that will bring your teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment. Did you know that all orthodontists are dentists, but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists?
How Does an Orthodontist’s Training Differ from a Dentist’s?
What sets orthodontists apart from general dentists is that after dental school, they undergo three additional years of specialized education and training. During this time, they learn the proper way to diagnose and treat the bite and alignment issues that require orthodontic treatment. These orthodontic treatments may include options such as Braces, Invisalign treatment, and palatal expanders. During any given work day, every patient an orthodontist sees is there in order to improve their bite and straighten their teeth. Your smile is special. Trust it to a specialist – an orthodontist.