Orthodontist versus Dentist – What Sets Them Apart?

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Have you ever wondered about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Sure, they both play a crucial role in maintaining your pearly whites, but their specialties and focuses are as distinct as a toothbrush and dental floss.

Let’s start with dentists – your everyday dental superheroes. Dentists are like the guardians of your oral health, handling a wide range of issues from cavities to gum disease. Think of them as the first responders, tackling routine cleanings, fillings, and preventive care to keep your smile shining.

When you have a toothache or need your regular checkup, your dentist is the go-to person. They’re your smile’s best friend, working tirelessly to ensure your teeth and gums are in top-notch condition.

Now, let’s talk about orthodontists – the architects of your smile. While dentists focus on overall oral health, orthodontists are specialists in jaw alignment and straightening teeth. They’re the ones you turn to when your teeth decide to throw a party and dance out of line.

Orthodontists undergo additional training beyond dental school, mastering the art and science of tooth movement. If you’ve ever considered braces, Invisalign, or other alignment treatments, an orthodontist is your guide on this smile-transforming journey.

To put it simply, dentists are the general practitioners of dentistry. They’re equipped to handle a broad spectrum of dental issues, ensuring your oral health is in top shape. On the other hand, orthodontists specialise in the alignment and movement of teeth. They’re the experts who step in when your smile needs a little extra love and attention. Whether it’s correcting a misalignment, closing gaps, or addressing bite issues, orthodontists are the architects who craft the blueprint for your ideal smile.

So, when do you know whether to schedule an appointment with your dentist or make a visit to the orthodontist’s office? Here’s a quick guide:

See your dentist for:

  • Regular checkups and cleans
  • Cavities and toothaches
  • Gum disease
  • Cosmetic dentistry (teeth whitening, veneers)

Visit an orthodontist for:

  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, or crossbites
  • Jaw problems
  • Braces, Invisalign,Spark Clear Aligners, Angel Align Aligners or other teeth-straightening treatments

If you are ready to visit an amazing orthodontist and are ready for your smile to be transformed, why not book a consultation with our friendly team here at Newcastle Orthodontics? Dr Morgan Wishney and his wonderful team are only one enquiry away from helping you achieve the perfect smile!

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