Very often, patients ask us what is the difference between an ortho-dentist and an orthodontist. While both focus on providing you with the best oral health, an ortho-dentist (family dentist) concentrates on your overall dental care, such as cavities, root canals, bridges, and crowns, while also providing some orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists, on the other hand, are dentists who undergo an additional three years of education after dental school. They go through extensive training on jaw function, facial growth and development, tooth movement, and how they work together to become experts in the field and gain the knowledge necessary to provide you with a straight, healthy smile. It’s important to know that all orthodontists are licensed dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.
Choose an Experienced Orthodontist
Because earning a degree isn’t enough, we also suggest looking at experience when choosing a professional. An experienced orthodontist should be able to provide you with examples of their work. Before and after pictures are great tools to gauge the ability of an orthodontist. They should also be able to show you upfront what your teeth will look like after treatment. Orthodontic treatment is important and if you’re working with a professional who can’t provide you with these items, then we recommend looking at other options.
Contact us for Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment affects the health of your whole mouth. If you need orthodontic treatment, it is best to choose a licensed professional who has undergone the extra schooling and training to become an orthodontist. Dentists and orthodontists work very closely together to help you achieve your best oral health – and each has its methods to promote oral health. By choosing a licensed orthodontist who specializes in the alignment of teeth, as well as misalignments, overbites, underbites, and crowded teeth, you are giving yourself the advantage of the experience and expertise you might not otherwise receive from a dentist who happens to also offer orthodontics. When orthodontic treatment is done incorrectly, it can lead to issues like receding gums, chipping or cracking of the teeth, or even worse, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and headaches. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.