July 26, 2019

What Services Do Orthodontists Provide?

If you need help aligning your teeth, you want to work with orthodontists!

Almost everyone is familiar with going to the dentist to take care of their teeth. They know that almost any problem they have can be solved by a dentist – everything from a general cleaning to a root canal is handled by a single doctor.

But what about orthodontists? A lot of people are understandably uncertain whether they really need an orthodontist or whether their dentist can handle alignment issues and braces. 

Here’s what you need to know about the services you’ll get from an orthodontist and why you should work with one for your alignment needs.

Education for an Orthodontist

Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry. While all dentists complete four years of dentistry education, and orthodontist goes further. With an additional two or more years of schooling, they can call themselves orthodontists.

This specialty means that they have education that focuses specifically on the bite. They look at how teeth meet and how they function, along with how teeth are aligned, how they are positioned in the jaw, and much more.

Some states allow dentists to provide specialty services even if they don’t have special training. However, that doesn’t mean getting that kind of treatment is a good idea. Remember, dentists aren’t specially trained in doing orthodontics correctly and they don’t have ongoing continuing education to keep them up to date.

If you need help aligning your teeth, you want to work with orthodontists. 

Can I Get Dental Care From an Orthodontist?

Now that you understand that orthodontics are a dental specialty, you may wonder why you can’t get general dental care at an orthodontist.

While it’s popular to want a “one-stop-shop” for all your needs, it’s better to work with the right specialists. Just the way that you would go to a general doctor for your cold or sore throat, but you’d go to a specialist to have sinus surgery, you want to have specialists to handle specific oral health needs.

A dentist is a generalist. They can handle a wide variety of situations but not at a deep level. They keep their ongoing education focused on general dental issues. They will keep your teeth clean and fill cavities and handle other oral health concerns.

Orthodontists focus on alignment issues. They learn about new technologies and patient care that are focused specifically on bite, the jaw, how teeth react to pressure, and how to maintain changes over the long-term. They will provide help with braces, Invisalign, retainers, and more.

Choose your professional based on your specific needs! 

Contact the Orthodontists at Hodge Orthodontics Today

Now that you understand the difference between what your dentist does and what orthodontists do, you are in a much better position to choose a professional to work with. If you have problems with teeth alignment, don’t rely on a general dentist. Instead, contact the specialists you need.

If you have crowded teeth, misaligned teeth, an overbite or an underbite, let Hodge Orthodontics help you today. We offer a free consultation and can help you determine a course of treatment. Contact us today!

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