Should I go to a Specialist in Orthodontics?

Should I go to a General Dentist or to a Specialist in Orthodontics?

If you are considering having orthodontic treatment, you should understand that there are differences between a general dentist or family dentist and a specialist in Orthodontics. The roles of the two types of doctors is very different.

At Ely Smiles we provide specialist dental services and one of these services is specialist services in orthodontics. 

What are the differences between a family dentist and an Orthodontist?

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on creating beautiful smiles, moving teeth and correcting disharmony between the top and bottom jaws. Specialist dentists who have completed additional training to specialise in straightening teeth and correcting jaw alignment are called Orthodontists. Orthodontists have in-depth knowledge of the use of braces and aligners and how these can be used to give you the best result possible. Specialist orthodontists are also qualified as general dentists, however they do additional formal training and obtain additional degrees specifically in the field of orthodontics. This gives them the expertise on how to best carry out your teeth straightening treatment.  

A family dentist’s role on the other hand is usually qualified is most concerned with the routine care including 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. The orthodontist usually refers you back to your regular dentist in case you need any regular dental treatment. 

Please do contact us on [email protected] if you would like to get in touch or are seeking orthodontic treatment. If you prefer to call us you can reach us on 01353 667 200.


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