Though remarkably similar there are several key differences between orthodontic treatment and dental treatment. Often you will be referred to an orthodontist, such as us here at Orthodental by your regular dentist.
This is because we specialise in certain treatments and procedures that dentists do not perform, this is usually associated with the installation of braces and jaw treatments.
Let us have a look at some of the similarities and differences between a dentist and an orthodontist and why you may be referred to us from time to time.
What makes us the same?
Both dentists and orthodontists are trained in the field of oral hygiene and care a specialist area in medicine all by itself.
Orthodontists go onto more specialized training in the areas of the misalignment of teeth and jaws.
What Dentist do:
Your general dentist is similar to your local GP as they take care of general oral healthcare issues. This includes your gum, tongue, teeth and mouth and can include an array of issues such as:
- Tooth removal
- Gum disease treatment
- Repair of broken or cracked teeth
- Whitening and cleaning teeth
- Plaque removal
They also treat a host of other common issues that affect everybody from bad breath to teaching better oral hygiene to children.
As a generalist, dentists tend to see far more patients. When severe issues come in, such as misaligned teeth or jaw issues, you will be referred to an orthodontist and that is where we come in.
What does Orthodental (and another orthodontist) do?
While orthodontists can and are qualified to treat all the above, we are mostly known for the treatment of crooked teeth. We use braces, Invisalign and other methods to give our patients, that smile that they have always been looking for.
- We diagnose misaligned teeth and jaws
- Create a treatment plan for such cases including the use of braces, Invisalign, aligners and retainers
- Perform teeth straightening surgery
- Install and continually monitor appliances throughout your treatment.
Along with that, at Orthodental our services include, preventative dentistry treatment including:
- Fissure sealant
- Fluoride treatment
- Professional cleaning
- Dental extractions
As you can see there are many similarities between the services and functions provided by both professional groups. The main difference being the intensive treatment of major jaw and teeth abnormalities.
When should you see an orthodontist or dentist?
If you are worried about your or your children’s general oral hygiene and health it is always advisable to visit your regular dentist before making an appointment with an Orthodontist. They will be able to quickly allay any fears and provide you with the basic treatment that you and yours need.
If you are referred to us by your dentist then we will be more than happy to walk you through the types of treatments we provide, the length of treatment and associated costs among any other questions that you may have.
If you are sure that orthodontic treatment is what you need for yourself or someone else, then we will be happy to receive your call.
Many adults put off visiting their dentist and orthodontist for many years for a variety of reasons and they then develop numerous issues that we can help you combat here at Orthodental.
Invisalign and adult braces continue to be one of the most common treatments that we provide here at Orthodental as many of our patients get tired of hiding the smile that they know they can produce.
If that is you, please get in touch with us today and we can discuss our treatments plans and how you can comfortably get that smile you have always wanted?