The Difference Between An Orthodontist & Dentist

The Difference Between An Orthodontist & Dentist
Posted on 10/25/2017

The Difference Between An Orthodontist & Dentist

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At Brieden Orthodontics, we are proud to be your leading orthodontic provider in the St. Clair and Macomb county areas. Whether you are looking for minor adjustments or want a brand new smile, we offer a variety of top orthodontic services that best suits your needs. Orthodontists and dentists play important roles in taking care of our teeth and improving our overall health, but while there is plenty of overlap, there are a few key differences as well. When choosing the type of treatment for your teeth, it is important to identify the type of dental care that fits your needs. Here are the key differences to help you find the best treatment for your teeth.

What Does A Dentist Treat?

In a nutshell, dentists specialize in taking care of all aspects of our mouths (in medical terms, “oral cavity”), which include the teeth, gum, nerves, jaw, and even sinus cavities. Dentists promote good hygiene and treat a variety of oral health issues and diseases, and they are licensed surgeons who can perform procedures like root canals.

Dentists usually recommend visiting their office twice a year to perform regular check ups, take X-rays, and clean your teeth. There will be times; however, where you visit a dentist to treat an issue. The most common dental services are related to:

  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Gum disease (gingivitis)
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Veneers
  • Teeth cleaning and whitening
  • Root canals

What Does An Orthodontist Treat?

If dentistry is the broad medical field that deals with the entire mouth, orthodontics is the specialty that deals with specific issues. Orthodontic treatments can improve your ability to chew and speak, while also providing relief from aches and pains and preventing more serious issues, such as lockjaw. Orthodontics includes correcting the following:

  • Crowded and crooked teeth
  • Overbites and underbites (or other misaligned bites)

Braces are the most common type of treatment, but there are multiple options to choose from these days. Modern and discreet braces such as ceramic and incognito braces are offered to patients who are concerned with the aesthetics of their smile. If you’re looking for a step above that, we recommend our clear aligners which are a series of clear trays that are custom-fitted to your mouth and slowly realign your teeth. Like the name suggests, they are pretty much invisible, and they’ve been shown to be just as effective as braces.

Schedule An Appointment With Your Family Orthodontist!

Dr. Christopher Brieden and his staff are always available to answer any questions you may have about your oral health. If you would like to learn more about our treatment options, we welcome you to stop by at one of our two convenient offices located in New Baltimore and East China, MI. You can also schedule an appointment online to have your consultation with Dr. Brieden to determine the most suitable treatment plan for you so that you can begin your journey to a beautiful, new smile!