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The Difference Between Orthodontists & Dentists


What is the difference between orthodontists and dentists?

Have you ever wondered what is different between an orthodontist like Dr. Lauren and your general dentist? Both orthodontists and dentists work in the oral care field where their primary concern is your teeth. However, each doctor is focused on different aspects of your teeth.

An orthodontist is trained specifically to know the art of how your jaws and teeth should be correctly aligned. An orthodontist furthers their education past dental school by at least two years to be able to be a specialist in this area. In general, all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.

The alignment of your teeth and jaws is important for many different reasons. First of all, if you have incorrect alignment, you could suffer from painful problems like headaches, TMJ, or chipped teeth. An orthodontist is specialized in correcting any misalignments to avoid current or future problems that could come about. Also, having teeth that are in good alignment give people confidence and the desire to smile more often, leading to a happier life. Last, teeth in the correct positions are easier to take care of which leads to better oral health.

Dr. Lauren highly suggests that you continue to see your dentist every six months even when you are being treated by an orthodontist because your dentist is focused on your oral hygiene and checks for cavities. Your dentist can clean your teeth around your braces or appliances and it is important that you are brushing and flossing every day. Ask Dr. Lauren today if you need a suggestion for a dentist in our area!

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