What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
All orthodontists once started as dentists, so they know how to take care of the health of your smile. To become an orthodontist, they must then continue with 3 years of postgraduate studies to specialise in the field of orthodontics.
Specialist Orthodontists focus on straightening teeth and correcting jaw alignment with braces and aligners, while a dentist is most concerned with oral hygiene and the health of the teeth and gums. Dentists can help you with gum disease and tooth decay, as well as general cleanings.
So, it makes sense that orthodontics is best left in the hands of a specialist Orthodontist. However, you should always continue to see your dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment plan. They will continue to monitor your oral health.
Here is a chart to help you understand the distinct roles of dentists and Specialist Orthodontists: