Orthodontist vs. Dentist: What’s the Difference?
Deciding to make the investment in a straighter, healthier smile is a big choice. The time commitment, multiple visits, and even the cost of your braces come into play. When it’s all said and done, one of the most important factors is who your provider is. That means knowing the difference in getting braces with our orthodontist vs. your family dentist.
Here’s what you need to know:
Board-Certified Orthodontists Have 2-3 More Years of Training
Every dentist is trained on basic orthodontic therapy during their four years of dental school. Some general practitioners even go on to take mini-courses or weekend classes to expand their skill set in specific types of orthodontic therapy.
Our orthodontist, however, completed another two years of formal education that is focused strictly on oral development, growth modification, and orthodontic treatments to correct anatomical concerns. To become board certified, a rigorous exam is then required at the completion of this post graduate education.
When your smile is at stake, it’s best to have it in the hands of a professional who has the extensive knowledge and abilities to address your concerns.
Having Options for Different Types of Braces
Different types of braces work for different people. Even personal preferences can come into play, such as wanting clear braces or aligners instead of fixed traditional orthodontics.
Most family dentists only provide limited services with specific types of braces. If you do not like that option, there are no other choices. Sometimes this leads to people compromising their care just to save a few dollars. If you do not fit the protocol for that specific type of braces, then you are out of options.
Our orthodontist provides a variety of different types of braces and alignment systems, including early intervention therapies and growth modification appliances. This unique selection allows us to tailor more individualized treatment to the specific needs of different people. As such, we can also provide care to patients of different ages…from young children to retirees.
Benefits Of Seeking Treatment Through An Orthodontist
As your orthodontist, we can provide many benefits in your treatment that would be difficult for a general dentist to achieve. Such as…
Managing simple to extremely complex cases that would be beyond the scope of a family dentist
Offering a combination or variety of treatment choices to make therapy more effective
Being able to accurately predict what the outcome of the treatment will be, thanks to advanced training
Bypass common complications or failed results, due to experience
Saving you money on braces, because you can enjoy predictable results without the “what ifs” of needing additional courses of treatment
Getting straighter teeth is more than just making your front teeth “look straight.” It’s about creating a harmonious biting relationship throughout your entire mouth and jaws. As your orthodontist, it’s our specialty.
You probably wouldn’t want us to remove your wisdom teeth or do your fillings, even though our orthodontist has the training to do so. The same goes for having a family dentist do your braces.
Find out how we can help you enjoy quality, affordable orthodontic care. Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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