Orthodontist vs. Dentist: Choosing a Specialist

Many dentists are offering orthodontic treatment, but only orthodontic specialists have the training to deliver it

Many dentists are offering orthodontic treatment, but only orthodontic specialists have the training to deliver it

  1. A healthy bite is about way more than just straight teeth
  2. General dentists are experts in many areas of the profession
  3. Orthodontist vs dentist: orthodontists are the only dentists who complete an additional three-year specialty residency to become experts in aligning your teeth and jaws

For a moment, let’s put dental health aside and take a look at another area of medicine

If I had issues with my heart, I would consult a cardiologist. I’m lucky, and have a best friend who is one, so I would give her a call. I would trust her, because while my primary care physician is great at many things, a cardiologist like her went through an additional four year fellowship after medical school to learn everything she could possibly know about the human heart. My primary care physician didn’t specialize in the field.

“Orthodontic specialists are the only dentists with three years of additional, full-time training dedicated to the alignment of your teeth and jaws”

This analogy can be applied to every area of healthcare, a system with general practitioners who are skilled at many things and specialists who are highly trained in one specific area. Orthodontics is no exception to this rule. While general dentists are experts in crown and bridge work, esthetic and functional restorations and much more, orthodontic specialists are the only dentists with three years of additional, full-time training dedicated to the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

An orthodontist’s work extends far beyond just lining up your top and bottom teeth

Equally important is how well your top and bottom teeth fit together when you bite. This requires careful treatment planning before the braces or Invisalign go in and constant monitoring throughout your treatment. A poorly designed treatment plan can result in unstable teeth, a bad bite, and possibly even a less esthetic result than when you started.

While it may be tempting to sign up with the first person who offers to straighten your teeth for a low price, take a step back and make sure that person is most qualified to do the job. Straightening your teeth and fixing your bite is an investment in your health, happiness and well being, so choose a specialist who will do it right the first time around.

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