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!