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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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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 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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UPDATE: 11 December 2018

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What is a Water Pick? (Do I need one)

UPDATED 28-11-18

Water picks sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. They are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces.

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Famous People with Braces

While famous people may look flawless on the covers of magazines, most have put a lot of work into their appearance and have even gone through their own awkward stages. It isn’t just time in the gym that counts, either.

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To get those brilliant smiles on the red carpet, some of the biggest names in Hollywood wore braces to straighten their smile. Here are some of the best examples of celebrity braces, including celebrity adults with braces.

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What Are Mail Order Orthodontics and Why They Fall Short?

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Mail order braces are a relatively new type of orthodontic treatment that is available online. Many companies offer these braces to people who have problems such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, and other issues. Many people try these products because of their seemingly affordable prices and their ability to have them mailed to their home. However, these braces fall short in several areas. It’s always best to see an orthodontist up close and in the office. Here’s a little bit more information about the mail order orthodontics. Take your time reading the information so that you will know what choice to make when it comes to getting braces at home.
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Signs of a Good Orthodontist

good orthodontistSigns of a Good Orthodontist

Many people see an orthodontist at least once by the time they are in their late teens. For one reason or the other, you may have missed your appointment and want to get an orthodontic checkup. You will be delighted to know that it is never too late to see an orthodontist, especially if you are a mom between age 20-45.

There are various benefits to enjoy from seeing an orthodontist and you may even have a positive experience if you land in the hands of a good orthodontist. But before you decide on one, you may want to know what characteristics do good orthodontists have.
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What Is an Orthodontist?

dentist orthodontist looking at somethingAre Dentists and Orthodontists the Same?

Dentists and orthodontists are trained physicians that are in related fields but serve very different purposes. Dentists take care of the general health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Orthodontists are dentists that go further and receive special training in the alignment, positioning, and placement of teeth and jaws and if necessary, can correct any serious issues with any of those problems. How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist? Generally, the dentist will refer a patient to the orthodontist and then throughout the treatment plan, the two will work closely together. If the dentist notices problems with the positioning and placement of the teeth that could cause potential health problems, he will make the recommendation that orthodontic treatment is in order.

What are the duties of an orthodontist? The field of orthodontia is a field of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing and treating teeth that are not positioned correctly or are out of alignment. Orthodontists also treat problems with the positioning of the jaws. Orthodontists receive a great deal of specialized training beyond dentistry in order to prevent and treat these issues. A good analogy is a general doctor who goes beyond and receives additional training to become a specialist.
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What Makes Invisalign Unique [Among Others?]

UPDATED 28 – 07 – 18

What makes Invisalign unique among others? Cinderella probably didn’t have to worry about getting her teeth straightened – she had a fairy godmother. For the rest of us, however, braces from the orthodontist are still the only available option. These days, thanks to advances in orthodontic and dental science, options abound metal brackets, ceramic brackets, brackets with wires, brackets with rubber bands, decorative additions in different colors and shapes.

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