Dentist vs. Orthodontist: What's the difference?

Dentist vs. Orthodontist

What's the difference?
There can be some confusion as to the difference between dentists and orthodontists, with patients wondering who can best serve their needs. The easiest way to think about the difference is to recognize that both types are dentists. Yes, that's right, your orthodontist also received the same education as your dentist! The difference begins after the two groups receive their DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degrees.

A dentist will begin their practice after receiving their degree and completing any residency experience required by their state or licensing board. At this time, an orthodontist will continue their education through a rigorous residency program. Orthodontists will be required to complete an orthodontic residency which lasts for about 2-3 years.

It's Not Just Education and Experience that Makes the Difference
In addition to the educational and residency requirements, there are other differences. While a dentist is more than adequately trained to spot any issues with your tooth alignment or occlusion, an orthodontist should be the practitioner that provides treatment for such conditions.

Whether you need a straightforward treatment to correct a small gap in your teeth or require a full orthodontic overhaul requiring braces or Invisalign, we can help.

Are you in need of an experienced and professional orthodontist? Contact the team at Frugé Orthodontics today and schedule a consultation. We are here to answer any questions you have and address any concerns you have about your overall oral health and teeth, jaw, and alignment issues.