Orthodontist vs dentist
Dentists and orthodontists both provide important services in the dental profession - but their roles are very different. So when should you visit each? Let’s discuss the differences between these two professions.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Orthodontists once started as general dentists. They then embarked on a further 3+ years of specialist training in the field of orthodontics. This postgraduate training equips orthodontists with the experience needed to beautifully align smiles.
A general dentist takes care of the health of your smile. They can provide restorative treatments like fillings, aesthetic treatments like veneers and regular 6-monthly cleanings.
Why choose a Specialist Orthodontist?
Some dental practices offer orthodontic treatment, but they don’t have the experience or training of a dedicated specialist. Patients who choose ‘fast braces’ or other treatments with a general dentist may experience subpar (or even dangerous) results.
Specialist Orthodontists have the experience and expertise to treat even complex orthodontic issues. They can create a custom treatment plan that will safely take you through your smile journey from start to finish.
A Specialist Orthodontist offers a variety of aesthetic brace types, from hidden lingual braces to clear fixed braces to barely there Invisalign® clear aligners. That means you can smile the whole way through treatment.
When to see your dentist
It’s important to see your general dentist every six months for a check-up – even during orthodontic treatment. Fixed braces give food and plaque extra places to hide, and we can only complete treatment on healthy teeth.
Visit our Specialist Orthodontists in Guildford
If you’re ready to achieve a straight smile, book a free consultation with the team at Guildford Orthodontics – or reach out to us with your questions on 01483 567772 today.Book a free consultation