Dentists vs Orthodontist – What’s the Difference?
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Braces and Invisalign can technically be provided your either your general family dentist or by an orthodontist. While many patients may think the two are interchangeable, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of each when seeking orthodontic treatment.

While dentists and orthodontists are both working to provide you with a strong and healthy smile, they are not equal when it comes to their training regarding your orthodontic treatment. In dental school, dentists typically take one or two courses on the basics of orthodontics. Some dentists may have even taken a few weekend continuing education courses on orthodontics. While ALL Orthodontists are dentists, ONLY an Orthodontist has completed and additional 2-3 years of specialty training within dentistry needed to correct the bite, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth.

So, when picking a doctor to correct your bite and straighten your smile, which should you choose?

When to See a Dentist

Your dentist is highly trained in a myriad of oral health problems, including tooth decay, and gum health, and smile esthetics. When it comes to specialized oral health treatments, you should see your dentist for cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, and veneers, if needed.

Why see an Orthodontist?

When it comes to braces and a beautiful, functional smile, an orthodontist provides more specialized care than a dentist.

The American Board of Orthodontics really gets it right:
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“Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth. Orthodontists understand the complexity of growth development and facial form. Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just movement of teeth. There’s a reason orthodontists go to additional years of highly competitive orthodontic school – to learn and perfect their ability in the specialty. A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health check-ups, comparable to your family doctor. Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment plans, but have not been trained or educated in the area.” -AmericanBoardOrtho.com

At Kelley Orthodontics, we provide braces, Invisalign, and additional treatment options to correct mild to severe orthodontic problems. In addition, Dr. Kelley has also taken the extra step in achieving Board Certification from the American Board of Orthodontics. While not required to practice orthodontics, Board Certification means Dr. Kelley has completed additional written and clinical exams, while also presenting cases treated by him for peer review.

Dr. Kelley is a true specialist when it comes to straightening your teeth. Although your general dentist may provide treatment options for some mild orthodontic issues, an orthodontist can provide you with the highest level of service and expertise to treat all types of cases.

Contact us at Kelley Orthodontics today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Kelley and start your orthodontic treatment with a Board Certified orthodontic specialist.

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