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difference between orthodontists and dentists

Difference between Orthodontists and Dentists

Why Choose an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatment involves the use of braces and other specialized appliances to apply precise forces that result in desired repositioning of the teeth. These changes improve not only the appearance of your smile, but also the health and longevity of your teeth.

Some general dentists take continuing-education seminars in order to offer orthodontic services in addition to their primary dental services. Only your dentist knows what he or she is qualified to do well, however. With so much riding on the quality of treatment and the level of experience the person providing that treatment possesses, entrusting your smile to an orthodontic specialist ensures that you will get the best possible results.

To get the best smile possible for the best value

An orthodontist’s expertise comes not only from the number of patients they’ve provided treatment to, but also from his or her extensive education in the subject matter. After graduating from dental school, orthodontists go on to complete another two or more years of education at an accredited orthodontic residency program.

Only after this extra formal education can one be called an orthodontist. Only orthodontists are accepted for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Selecting a member of the AAO for orthodontic care gives a patient the assurance that he or she is selecting an accredited and qualified orthodontist.

Orthodontists are dedicated to helping your teeth and jaws work in harmony so you can speak, bite, and chew comfortably and effectively, with a bonus being that teeth and jaws that work well tend to look more attractive, too!

To get the specialized treatment you deserve

You entrust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, and your knees to an orthopedist. Like these specialists who receive extensive time studying within their specific specialty areas after their general medical education, orthodontists devote years of additional study to orthodontics after they graduate from dental school.

And like their medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area. Orthodontists have in-depth experience in orthodontic care. They use their knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.

To get your bite right

Your bite is a complex biologic system. Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums, and facial muscles. Giving you the healthiest bite possible is an orthodontist’s goal. That goal is met by making sure the separate elements are all positioned for optimal performance, allowing you to enjoy the ability to bite, chew, and speak well.

To solve the problem

When you look at your smile, you may simply see six crooked front teeth, but your orthodontist sees the cause of those crooked teeth in three dimensions. Orthodontists use their education, experience, and expertise to delve deep and discover the root of your orthodontic problems. Armed with an educated diagnosis that takes all these factors into account, an orthodontist can plan your customized solution — one that delivers a healthy, attractive smile and lasting results.

To recommend the right type of treatment for you

There are a lot of treatment options available these days, from clear aligners to Damon braces and more. They each have their recommended uses, but only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the variables involved in providing you with the best possible smile outcome.

Orthodontists take your unique needs and wishes into consideration when they recommend the right treatment option for you. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of orthodontic “tools” out there. They know what to use and when to use it in any and every situation because they work with these tools every day.

To address the big picture

Sure, you want a perfect smile. Your orthodontist wants that for you, too — and treatment results that last. You deserve the best: a healthy bite and a beautiful, confident smile. Consult an AAO member orthodontist for the best results in your life, your health, your happiness, and your smile.

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