difference between an orthodontist and a regular dentist

Maybe you have a nagging pain in your mouth or you are worried about your crooked teeth. Who do you go see? Even without any pain you should be making some regular visits. While both orthodontists and dentists are both here for oral health, they can help you in different ways. We have put together a summary of the difference between an orthodontist and a regular dentist.

You can find an orthodontist working in a dental office, and they do provide some of the same care. The medical field of dentistry works with your teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. A dentist strives to maintain and better your oral health with regular cleanings and checks, including preventing and treating diseases.


At the regular dentist office, the following services are common:

  • X-rays
  • Cleanings
  • Gum care
  • Cavity fillings
  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • Sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Teeth whitening
  • Root canals


If you have any noticeable crooked teeth or strong overbites, you will want to see an orthodontist (or even if you want to prevent them). Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry with a focus on correcting bites and straightening teeth. An orthodontist has the same basic training as a dentist, but has the special training for those of you with crooked or crowded teeth, misaligned jaws, and gaps. All of these circumstances can have a negative effect on the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and feel about your smile.


Usual orthodontic treatments include:

  • Braces
  • Retainers
  • Invisalign
  • Palatial expanders
  • Orthodontic surgery


We recommend early evaluations. The sooner we can catch and correct these conditions, the fewer problems you will have later. Our orthodontists can keep an eye on the way teeth grow and fit together, as well. We treat young patients and adults so you can protect your smile. Call us for more information on the difference between an orthodontist and a regular dentist. Let us schedule a free consultation at Huerter Orthodontics, where you will receive trusted orthodontic care.

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