When it comes to improving you smile, it can often be confusing as to who should you see – a general dentist or a specialist orthodontist? See below why a specialist orthodontist is the smart choice.
While general dentists are trained to handle a variety of oral health issues, orthodontists specialise in straightening teeth and correcting bite issues. But what exactly distinguishes these two types of professionals, and why might you consider seeing a specialist orthodontist instead of a dentist?
First, let’s define our terms. A dentist is a general practitioner who performs a wide range of dental procedures, from routine cleanings and fillings to more complex treatments like root canals and oral surgery. They are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of oral health issues, both preventative and restorative. On the other hand, an orthodontist is a specialist who focuses specifically on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. They receive an additional 3 years of full time education and training beyond what dentists receive, allowing them to diagnose and treat more complex orthodontic issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
No! This is a common misconception.
Specialist orthodontists often charge the same amount for treatment as general dentists.
Why is this? Because the practice is designed only for orthodontic care, it enables it to be more efficient. At Ellenbrook Orthodontics we pride ourselves on offering affordable treatment, with interest free payment plans, that match those offered by general dentists.
Furthermore, while orthodontic treatment may be more expensive than basic dental treatments like cleanings or fillings, investing in orthodontic treatment by a specialist can save you money in the long run. By correcting orthodontic issues early on, you can prevent more serious problems down the line that may require more extensive and expensive treatment.
While dentists and orthodontists both play important roles in maintaining and improving oral health, there are significant differences between the two.
You should see your general dentist for the following:
When considering any type of change to your smile or bite, you should consult with a specialist orthodontist. This includes:
So if you’re looking to improve your smile and correct any orthodontic issues, consider seeing a specialist orthodontist and taking advantage of their specialised knowledge and expertise.
Yes, dentists can, and many do, do braces. They may do additional training in the form of a weekend course, or week long course, then advertise they do orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or braces. They may even call themselves “orthodontic dentists” – this is just a name for a general dentist who does orthodontic treatment. They are not a specialist.
The easiest way is just to ask! You should always feel comfortable that you are getting the treatment you want so if you are not sure whether they are a general dentist or a specialist orthodontis, simply ask.
No, you can see an orthodontist without needing to get a referral. Simply contact our friendly team – we can’t wait to meet you!