The main similarity between a dentist and orthodontist is that they both focus on your oral health. An orthodontist can work in a dental clinic and provide the same care as a dentist. So, in this respect, they are quite similar. They are both considered doctors and deal with the teeth and gums. However, there are more differences than similarities between them.
An orthodontist requires additional training as a dental specialty; (similar to how a doctor obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon). Another difference is that orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. If a patient has an overbite, a dentist will refer him or her to an orthodontist.
Dentists, in comparison, typically encourage good oral hygiene and provide services related to:
- Tooth decay
- Root canals
- Gum disease
- Teeth whitening
Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in the alignment of teeth. They also assist patients with other issues such as; overbites and underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding of teeth, and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Additional problems with the jaw also need to be treated by an orthodontist.
While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, TMJ treatments, and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you require.
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