The Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist

The Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist
Posted on 05/31/2018
The Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist

At Hudson Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout Muscle Shoals and the greater Shoals area achieve gorgeous smiles through quality orthodontic treatment. But if you're like many patients, you're probably wondering: what's the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist? And do I really have to see an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?

What Makes Dentists and Orthodontists Different

Chiefly, the difference between dentists and orthodontists is one of specialization. While both work to improve the smile, dentists focus on keeping the teeth healthy and preventing oral diseases. Orthodontists, on the other hand, work to improve the alignment of the teeth: they use special tools and techniques to move the teeth into straighter alignment, helping to produce a healthier and more attractive smile.

But beyond the area of focus, there's also a major difference between the training that dentists and orthodontists receive. Orthodontics is a complicated science that uses highly advanced technologies like braces and clear aligners to move teeth, and orthodontists must go through several years of specialized training on top of dental school. This is training that dentists simply don't have – and because of that, there's no way for a dentist to guarantee the same quality of care that a certified orthodontist can provide.

If you want to revitalize your smile by changing the alignment and orientation of your teeth, the only way to do it is through a professional, board-certified orthodontist – and if you're ready to get started, we'd love to help!

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If you're ready for a new smile, we can help you achieve one. Request an appointment online today to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about the treatment options available to you. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!