Month: March 2013

Dentists & Orthodontists

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Orthodontists and Dentists? They each do something a little different but have one thing in common: they both work hard to keep your teeth healthy and looking good!

What is a Dentist? They are your primary dental care provider, managing your overall oral heath, diagnoses and treating your teeth. Examples: cleanings, gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, etc. Dentists complete a 4-year bachelor degree (in chemistry, biology, physics) and then an additional 2-to-3 years in dental school.

What is an Orthodontist? Orthodontists practice in an area of dentistry that specializes in preventing, treating and diagnosing dental and facial issues like straightening crooked teeth. An Orthodontist must complete their dentistry degree first (same as a family dentist) and then an additional 2-to-3 years of graduate training in an orthodontics program. That could be up to 10 years of schooling!

There are 9 other dentistry-related fields: Dental Public Heath Clinics, Endodonstist, Oral- and- Maxillofacial Radiologist, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathologist, Oral- and- Maxillofacial Surgeon, Pedodontist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist. While they are all viewing your teeth from different angles, there’s one thing they agree on: healthy teeth! 

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