When it comes to oral health, dentists and orthodontists are both important professionals. While they both work to help you improve your overall oral health, they actually work in very different ways. Dentists are doctors trained to specialize in the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. Orthodontists, on the other hand, are dental specialists who focus on issues such as straightening teeth and correcting inadequate bite patterns.
To become an orthodontist, a dentist must complete at least two additional years of courses specific to the field of orthodontics. This is because orthodontists specialize in issues related to the alignment of the teeth and the improvement of the patient's “bite”. Orthodontists in training will be tested on the theory of specialized orthodontics and, at the same time, will gain valuable experience treating real patients in placement positions. The AHPRA recognizes 12 other types of dental specialists, including pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, dentomaxillofacial radiology, periodontics and forensic dentistry, to name a few.
Certified dentists can diagnose and treat oral health conditions of the teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth. Orthodontists can work as a team to share their knowledge and experiences by talking to each other about patient treatment. Most people assume that going to an orthodontist to have their braces done will cost much more than going to a general dentist for the same service. However, this is not always the case.
The cost of braces depends on the type of braces you choose and how long you need them for. Taking care of your diet, brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day, and visiting the dentist for cleaning will help keep your teeth free of stains once you remove your braces. Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry, while dentistry is a broad medical specialty that focuses on teeth, gums, and nerves. Orthodontists will display the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) or Orthodontics Australia logo in the office or on their website. In conclusion, both dentists and orthodontists are important professionals when it comes to oral health care. Dentists cover a wide range of oral health issues while orthodontists specialize in issues related to the alignment of the teeth and improving patient's “bite”.
Most people assume that going to an orthodontist to have their braces done will cost more than going to a general dentist for the same service but this is not always true.