What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and A Dentist?

Straight teeth and great teeth, you can have both when you partner with a dentist and an orthodontist to give your oral health – and your smile’s sparkle – the very best chance for success. But do you really know the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, and where one’s expertise begins and the other’s ends?

Orthodontists deal primarily with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malpositioned teeth and the jaw, and they are concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Sam Kadan can help to fix a patient’s teeth and set them in the right place, usually using braces or clear aligners to set crooked teeth so they are corrected over the course of your orthodontic treatment.

A dentist is focused on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity, and the dentist’s supporting team aids in providing a range of oral health services, including most dental treatments such as professional teeth cleaning, dental restorations, including crowns and bridges, endodontic or root canal therapy, periodontal or gum therapy, and oral surgery including extraction of teeth.

So while an orthodontist like Dr. Kadan diagnoses various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity and then defines the nature of the problem, before designing a treatment strategy based on your individual needs and desires, correcting issues such as crooked, overcrowded or poorly aligned teeth, and also correcting over or under bites, and reducing or eliminating spaces between your teeth, a dentist is dedicated to preventing, curing and correcting disease and trauma in your teeth as well as your overall oral cavity, in addition to monitoring the health of your teeth and gums by providing regular cleanings, removing cavities, and curing mouth infections.

It’s a win-win for you and your smile when you have a great dentist and a stellar, board-certified orthodontist like Dr. Kadan on your team, so why not give us a call today to set up your consultation.