Should I use my dentist or an orthodontist for my braces?

Many general dentists perform some type of orthodontic treatment in their offices, whether that is braces, aligners, etc. So you may wonder, “Why should I go to an orthodontist? I can just have my dentist do the treatment.” Before you make that decision, there are a few things you should consider.

Education

Orthodontists are dentists who, after completing dental school, have gone on to received 2-3 years or more of additional training specifically in the field of orthodontics. This additional training is where they learn the fine details of tooth movement and facial development.

Experience

An orthodontist limits their practice to orthodontics only. That means that orthodontics is what they do all day every day. This is their specialty.

Before you begin your orthodontic treatment, consider the fact that you are making a lifetime investment in the health and appearance of your teeth and you are most likely to receive the best results by receiving treatment from someone who has dedicated their life to the field of orthodontics.

Many general dentists perform some type of orthodontic treatment in their offices, whether that is braces, aligners, etc. So you may wonder, “Why should I go to an orthodontist? I can just have my dentist do the treatment.” Before you make that decision, there are a few things you should consider.

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