Although these two dental professionals are similar, it helps if you know their functions to better understand the work they do and when you would need to consult with either one of them.
As dental professionals, both the dentist and orthodontist focus on oral care. They are both qualified doctors and deal with the health of your teeth. The work they do often overlaps, and they can work hand in hand to ensure you get the best dental care.
An orthodontist is a qualified specialist. While all orthodontists started their career as a dentist, your orthodontist has completed an extra three years of full-time study to qualify as a specialist orthodontist. Generally, your orthodontist will devote their entire clinic to the straightening of teeth and correction of bad bites. Depending on your specific condition, you may not visit the orthodontist on a regular basis, or even at all (if you’re lucky). Although you don’t need a referral to see the orthodontist, your general dentist will often refer you to the orthodontist if they believe you require further, specialised treatment.
Having qualities such as patience and attention to detail are important qualities for orthodontists as they tend to offer a single treatment for a particular patient over a longer period of time The work Orthodontists complete is carried out using certain appliances to align your teeth, the most common are metal braces. With the advancement of technology, options like Invisalign are also a good option to consider if you’re looking something a little more discreet (have a look at our website for more information about Invisalign and clear aligners).
Dentists, just like Orthodontists are qualified doctors who can diagnose and treat dental diseases and oral cavities. They are able to offer a wide range of treatment options to alleviate dental pain and treat common oral conditions. Often general dentists will work with dental specialists to provide a full-service to patients. When it comes to dental check-ups, cleans, fillings, restorative treatments like root canal and crowns, teeth whitening, veneers, and much more, general dentists are the go-to option.
An important part of dentistry is being able to educate patients on how to maintain good oral health, which foods to avoid when taking care of their teeth and other aspects of oral care. Just like their medical counterparts the orthodontists, dentists also use certain technologies like x-ray machines and tools like mirrors and “dental explorers” to provide you with good dental care.
Ocean Orthodontics is run and maintained by a fantastic team under the direction of our specialist orthodontist Dr Vautin. We look forward to seeing you at our clinic soon. If you have any further questions, or need orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us to book an appointment today.
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