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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist who does orthodontics? We want to make sure you understand a few key differences. After graduating from dental school, general dentists are entitled to perform various procedures, including fillings, root canals, tooth extractions, veneers and crowns. Some general dentists that are interested in orthodontics seek some additional training offered by short-term courses and lectures, in order to improve their skills and become more proficient at straightening teeth. However, they still must remain proficient in all other aspects of dentistry, and this is very challenging.
In contrast, an orthodontist is a dentist that has completed a 2-3 year postgraduate advanced training at an accredited University, after dental school, in order to specialize in orthodontics. This advanced training includes such diverse studies as genetics, embryology, human growth and development, oral biology, and biomechanics. In addition, orthodontic residents typically receive anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Following graduation, orthodontists in Canada must pass a rigorous written and oral examination offered yearly by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in order to be registered as a Certified Orthodontic Specialist. Only those dentists can call themselves orthodontists.
Family doctors will refer patients with heart problems to a cardiologist, those with bone or joint problems to the orthopedic specialist, and those with disorders of the nervous system to a neurologist. Most general dentists refer patients with dental alignment or bite problems to an orthodontist. Most general dentists also refer their own children to an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment.
There are many treatment options these days, from clear aligners to modern braces. They each have their uses, but only an orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the variables in your mouth. Orthodontists take your unique needs and wishes, into consideration, when recommending the right treatment option for you. You deserve the best: a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile. Consult an orthodontist for your life, your health, your happiness, your smile.
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– Dr. Dask