Dentist vs. Orthodontist

Dentist vs. Orthodontist

Since childhood, we’ve been told we need to go to the dentist regularly to keep our teeth healthy. What we aren’t told is that there is more than one type of dentist! A dentist specializes in oral health, but some take it a step further in order to gain expertise in one aspect of the mouth.

We will take a look at couple different types to see which one suits your needs best.

First, there is the dentist. This specialist takes care of your overall oral health. They have learned all about the different diseases and various conditions that can affect the teeth, gums, and mouth. They also know what is necessary to treat those ailments. Of course, one should not wait until they feel pain to visit the dentist. Regular visits can help keep your teeth both clean and healthy. They can even uncover problems before you even notice them.

Typically, dentists perform sealant treatments, fluoride treatments, veneers, fillings, gum care, x-rays, dental crowns, bridges, and teeth whitening services. The dentist and hygienist work together to perform cleanings and other services.

Second, there is the orthodontist. While they are dentists (same licensing and similar training), they have additional time invested in learning how to straighten the teeth. If you have crowded or crooked teeth, a misaligned jaw, or an under/overbite you will benefit by the services offered by the orthodontist. Braces, Invisalign, and other options are offered by these specialists in order to get you the smile you are dreaming of.

When looking for either type of dental professional there are specific steps that you should take before determining which one you would like to book an appointment with. If you are looking for an orthodontist, your dentist will generally have one or two of his/her favorites to offer you. If you are on the hunt for a general dentist, ask your friends and family members who they go to and if they would recommend them. Google is great! Look at the legitimate reviews online and make sure they are current! When you have narrowed down your search by getting recommendations and reading reviews, it is time to call. You can’t find all the information you need by simply looking online or asking a friend. Arrange a consultation to determine if the practitioner is a good fit for you.

For children, it is important for parents to look for the “right fit”. Children’s dentists are typically called pediatric dentists. In the same respect, a children’s orthodontist is called a pedatric orthodontist. They may also simply say that their specialty is early orthodontic treatment.

While the actual practice of dentistry is the same for both children and adults, pediatric dentists and pediatric orthodontists are known for being great with kids. Whether it be their gental hands or calming disposition, children seem to go through the appointments with ease. They understand the anxieties that children may have and know how to overcome them.

When calling, be sure to ask the office how they accomodate the needs ot children. Ath the first consultation, observe how they interact with the child and pay close attention to our childs reactions. You will be able so see the comfort level between them both.

Getting ready for your dentist and orthodontist appointments is the same. When you have found the right office for you or your child, it is time to book the appointment. Before the appointment, talk to the dentist to ensure that you like them. This will make or break the experience, so it is important that you fit well together.

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