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Dentist vs. Orthodontist Who Do You Need and When?

October 21, 2020

If you have at some point in life suffered from an oral problem, the above question must have intrigued you. Well, it happens to all of us. If you are not clear about when you should go to the orthodontist or dentist, this blog is just for you. Stay tuned and read in full.

Dental and oral problems are quite common, especially when we ignore common dental checkups. However, the best-suited professional's best treatment can help you improve and deal with problems effectively.

Let's cut to the chase to see what exactly a dentist and an Orthodontist in Chandler do and specialize in. The information is fairly enough to help you make an informed choice.

Who is a Dentist, and What Does She/he Do?

According to the American Dental Association, a Dentist is a general medical practitioner who takes care of your oral health.

You can think of a dentist as a person who helps you with your oral hygiene through regular oral checkups, oral health problems, tooth extraction, spotting and treating cavities, mild gum disease, etc.

Although a dentist has a similar educational background to an Orthodontist, a dentist is more of a general dental health care professional. So, you can contact a dentist in Chandler for: -

  • Teeth Whitening
  • Bridges
  • Regular dental checkup
  • Gum Care
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • And for other general dental needs.

Who is an Orthodontist, and What Does She/he Do?

Where a dentist is a general dental/oral healthcare professional, an Orthodontist is more of a specialist in tooth and gum alignment. An orthodontist helps you with aligning your jaws and teeth, usually without any surgical procedure.

An orthodontist will help you diagnose and treat bad bites or "malocclusions." Your regular Dentist in Chandler can refer you to an orthodontist in case of an underbite, overbite, overcrowded teeth, and gaps.

Reach out to an Orthodontist in Chandler for: -

  • Retainers
  • Braces
  • Wires
  • Complex dental treatments
  • Tooth or jaw Alignment

When to Take Help from a Dental Professional?

Hope that you now know the difference. It's now time to know when you need to visit a dental professional. Well, the answer is quite simple. Whenever you feel something is wrong with your gums, breath, teeth, you must visit a dentist for a general checkup.

Although two annual visits are necessary for everyone, you can visit Smiles of Chandler whenever a problem strikes.

Take Away

A dentist is your go-to person for general dental care. And you can refer to an orthodontist for alignment issues or complex problems. You can also find some of the basic problems segregated above, which will help you determine where to go and when.

However, if you're unable to decide, the best solution is visiting a dentist in Chandler here at Smiles of Chandler. Our dentist will help you with regular checkups and will perform an orthodontic treatment if required. Well, that's easy, right? So, reach out to us now!

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