dentist vs orthodontist
Articles Samaneh Ranjbar 3 user comments 19 March 2019

Dentist vs orthodontist

A specialist dentist and orthodontist should undergo the same foundation training. Both of them should have a P.h.D degree. A dentist can begin practicing as a general dentist, after graduation from dental school. Following this level, an orthodontist should complete an additional three years of university training on top of the general dental degree. So, both dentist and specialist orthodontist should extend their general dental education before practicing. A dentist should undergo 6yeras higher education.

Who is an orthodontist?

The specialist orthodontist has undergone three years of training in orthodontics after accomplishing general dental degree in the university. In other words, an orthodontist is a dental specialist who is specialized in the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of dental disorders such as crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, overbite, and underbite. An orthodontist checks your cuspid tooth and determines the best solution based on your problem.

If a dentist diagnoses you may need the other oral cares beyond general dentistry field, he refers you to a specialist orthodontist.

Who is a dentist?

Most people have visited a dentist at least one time in their life, hopefully for tooth scaling and dental X-rays to check their teeth health.

Dentistry is a vast branch of medicine that focuses on oral and dental health. The dentist can treat a wide-ranging of oral and dental diseases including oral cavity and periodontal disease such as gum inflammation. A dentist also has a license to perform dental surgery. They can do diverse surgeries such as tooth root and wisdom tooth extraction.

It is recommended to visit a dentist twice a year to check your oral and dental health. In an ideal condition, you can scale your teeth in one session and take dental X-ray to diagnose any potential problem in another session.

What is the difference between dentist and orthodontist?

difference between dentist and orthodontist

There are many similarities between dentist and orthodontist, in other words, all specialist orthodontists are certified dentist, but not all dentists are an orthodontist. Orthodontists usually are specialized in correcting tooth and jaw alignment. While dentists can help patients keep a healthy and beautiful smile through scaling, X-ray and surgery.

Do I need to see dentist or orthodontist?

Usually, a dentist is responsible for diagnosing, treatment and manage oral health such as routine services, checkup, scaling and radiography. A dentist also can pull out a tooth and correct dental problems such as dental filling and making model for an artificial tooth.

Generally, a dentist can provide the following treatments:

  • Gum care
  • Filling
  • Crown
  • Bleaching
  • Bridge
  • Root treatment

Some dentists may recommend you, orthodontic services. But usually, if a patient needs any services further than dentistry domain, dentist refers you to other oral and dental specialist. For example, if your teeth are out of line, your dentist refers you to an orthodontist.

The misaligned and deviated teeth not only make an uneven appearance but also causes serious problems such as:

  • Headache
  • Dental trismus
  • Speech disorder
  • Bone destruction

If you face with any following items, you should see a dentist as soon as possible:

  • You want to check your oral health
  • You are not sure whether you have a hole in your teeth, have cavitated teeth or gum disease
  • You want to know how to perform oral hygiene to prevent disease, toothache or any other dental problem.

A dentist can estimate your oral and dental health and provide you required oral health care.

You need to refer a specialist orthodontist if you face any following problems:

  • Your teeth are deviated or overcrowded
  • Your teeth are overbite or underbite
  • Your teeth position affects your speech or chewing food
  • Your teeth cause different pains such as headache

A specialist orthodontist is able to check your teeth line and perform the best technique to correct them.

Cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a combination of the best part of dentistry and orthodontic that focuses on improving appearance through:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental crown
  • Dental percaline