What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

What’s the Difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

How Does a Dentist and an Orthodontist Differ?

Both dentists and orthodontists are specialized doctors who work to improve the oral health of their patients, though they achieve these results through different methods. While dentistry is a broad medical term dealing with the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw, and can include treatment of tooth decay as well as tooth extraction, orthodontics is a speciality area of dentistry that focuses specifically on the treatment of irregularities of the teeth, such as correcting bites, occlusion, and alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics includes the use of braces, which are used to ensure proper alignment of adult teeth. One impactful difference to note is that while all orthodontists like Dr. Childers of Childers Orthodontics are dentists, not all dentists are licensed in orthodontics. Therefore, not all dentists can perform the same services as an orthodontist.

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The Importance of Wearing Retainers after Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly vital part of feeling and looking your best. Because most people see your smile the first time that they look at you, it is important that you work with an orthodontist to have orthodontic work done at your own convenience. Whether you are the one having the work done or you are taking your child in for braces, the aftercare of orthodontic work is often just as important as going for the work itself. If you avoid the aftercare, you will find that your teeth begin to shift and you need more orthodontic work and braces to correct the situation.

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How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies (BEST TIPS)

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How to Deal with Orthodontic Emergencies

No matter which orthodontic appliance you or your child is using, there are many components to the appliance that can malfunction in some way during your treatment. While issues created by these parts are rare, you should know more about how to deal with certain orthodontic emergencies if ever they occur to you. If ever you do experience one of these emergencies, do what you can to mitigate the problem and then take a visit to your orthodontist to make sure that your braces or Invisalign solution is operating as intended.

 

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Bad Breath Causes

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Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, can be caused by poor dental hygiene, underlying health issues, lifestyle choices as well as particular foods. This article will explore among other questions “What are the foods that cause bad breath?”, “What are the best remedies for bad breath?”, and “Do cavities make your breath smelly?”

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What Kind of Training do Pediatric Orthodontists do?

When it comes to the care of your child, it is essential to find a professional who can confidently handle any and all obstacles. After all, we want the best for our children. Finding a professional for their teeth is no exception. Going to the dentist can be a scary process for young children. Many kids suffer from tooth problems such straightness and replacement but who do you take them to? Some would say the dentist, but that is incorrect. When it comes to these matters, your child should see what is called a pediatric orthodontist. In this article, we will take a closer look at the differences between the two, what kind of training they require, and how to be a good pediatric orthodontist.

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What Your Child Should Expect (Before and After Braces)

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What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

When children or teenagers are told that they need braces, it can be exhilarating, yet scary. Before your first appointment, you may have no idea what to expect but you should be excited to have straight and beautiful teeth in our not so distant future. It can take time for the final results with a lot of ups and downs, but you will be thankful for down the long road because you will have newfound confidence with your straightened teeth. Here are a few things to expect before you make an appointment with your doctor.

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What is the Right Time for an Orthodontist Checkup?

Early detection of orthodontic problems gives you the best options for treatment. Many cases of crooked or misaligned teeth can be treated before the permanent teeth are finished coming in. Unfortunately, the myth that only older kids and teens need a checkup still exists, and it often leads people to overlook the importance of orthodontic care until the problems have become unbearable.

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One of the questions that people tend to ask us the most is, when is the right time to visit your orthodontist. While the correct answer to this is different for everyone, understanding how to determine when you or your child needs to go help you to protect your smile.
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What Are Retainers?

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When the time comes for your kids to shed off their braces, it’s exciting to see their new set of better-aligned teeth. However, it’s also time to think about the next step to complete the process: retainers.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing retainers? Are retainers really expensive? What should you expect after the retainers are fitted? All these are natural questions that most parents have. This article will detail everything you need to know about retainers. Read more

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Effects of Vaping on Teeth

Vaping has become the latest trend, allowing many people to enjoy a rush of nicotine or other legal drugs without the tar and pervasive smell of smoking. However, many people who enjoy vaping do not realize that it also can have potent physical effects. Although the smoke coming from a vape pen appears whiter and cleaner than heavy, tarry cigarette smoke, it can have part a particularly profound impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

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