Dentist vs. Orthodontist: What’s the difference?
Some people think they can’t walk through our door unless they’ve been sent by their general dentist. We like all our patients to have a dental home — a general dentist that they go to who is taking care of their teeth — but if you have a concern for yourself, for your child, you don’t have to have your dentist tell you to come.
You can call and make an appointment. We’ll be happy to see you.
Once we decide what needs to be done and going forward with some treatment, we will definitely communicate back with your dentist to fill him in on what our plans are going to be to improve your oral health.
Dentists Offering Orthodontic Services
There are some general dentists who will take shortened courses, maybe a meeting over a weekend or a series of weekend meetings to learn and understand the orthodontic process and treating malocclusions or bad bites.
The Orthodontist Difference
Unfortunately, it’s not a thorough training. Nothing like the two to three years required to be an orthodontist. In the dental courses, there is studying of the mechanics, how to place the braces, how to move teeth, but not always a large grasp of how to diagnose and treatment plan or total treatment of bad bite.
Some dentists may do some aesthetic treatment to make your teeth look a little better, but it is more challenging and requires more training to actually get them to function properly as well.
Orthodontics is a specialty of the dental field, so rather being in general dentistry where you repair teeth and restore them to improve the oral health, we are correcting the bite and moving the teeth to make everything function properly and giving people a beautiful smile.
Dr. Meyer is the only orthodontist that practices full-time in Brookings, SD and the only orthodontist providing services in Madison, SD.