The Difference Between an Orthodontist and a General Dentist

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Have you always wondered what the differences between an orthodontist and a general dentist are?

Dentists: General Oral Health Practitioners

Dentists are just like your family’s trusted general practitioner for dental care. They hold a general dental degree and are skilled in diagnosing and treating oral health issues across all age groups.

Their expertise covers a broad spectrum, including:

  • Cavity treatment
  • Gum disease management
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cosmetic procedures like tooth whitening, veneers, and crowns.

Orthodontists: Teeth Alignment Specialists

Orthodontists are registered dental specialists who take their expertise to the next level. Their dual qualifications include a General Dental Degree and a Specialist Orthodontic Degree. They complete an additional three years of intensive university training in specific areas. 

Orthodontists focus on:

  • Straightening teeth
  • Aligning jaws
  • Correcting bite patterns

When to See Each Specialist:

You would typically see a general dentist for routine dental care such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, and general oral health maintenance, as well as in times of a dental emergency like having a severe toothache. General dentists are trained to provide a wide range of dental services and can diagnose and treat many common dental issues.

You would see an orthodontist for specialised treatments related to the alignment of your teeth and jaws. Orthodontists specialise in straightening teeth, correcting bites, and aligning the jaw using braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances.

Oasis Orthodontics provides a range of orthodontic treatment options, including traditional braces, clear aligners, and retainers. Dr. Anthony Hopkins, our Specialist Orthodontist, will evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. Our commitment to a comfortable experience and our gentle approach to orthodontic care ensures patient comfort throughout the treatment journey. Reach out to the friendly team today to book a consultation and take the first step toward a healthier, more confident smile.

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