What’s The Difference Between A Dentist And An Orthodontist?

21 August 2018

[:en]Adult with braces and adult with aligners Fairfield

Dentists and orthodontists alike help patients in improving their oral health. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no difference between the two. In many cases, dentists and orthodontists follow different approaches when it comes to improving the oral health of their patients.

For the uninitiated, dentistry is a broad medical speciality. It usually deals with the teeth, gums, jaws and nerves. In contrast, orthodontics refers to a speciality within dentistry. This practice focuses on the straight alignment of teeth. In addition, it focuses on correcting bites and occlusions. In short, all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.

In many cases, dentists promote good oral hygiene among their patients by resolving issues concerning:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Crowns, bridges and veneers
  • Root canal problems and,
  • Teeth whitening

In contrast, orthodontists will usually specialise in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth. So, if a dentist comes across a patient suffering from overbite or underbite, the dentist will refer the patient to the orthodontist. The orthodontist will help the patient improve the patient’s bite. In some cases, the orthodontist might even recommend corrective braces and other devices to the patient.

Orthodontists can also provide orthodontic treatment to patients with:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Spaces between their teeth and,
  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs)

It is worth mentioning that orthodontists also help patients facing various jaw-related problems.

Remember that at Civic Plaza Dental you can access interest free affordable dental plans for your dental treatment. If you have any questions about this dental procedure, please give us a call (02) 9727 0364.


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