Dentists and orthodontists are highly trained to improve your oral health. If you’re looking into getting braces, choosing the right doctor is a big decision. In some cases, your dentist may offer orthodontic treatment in addition to typical dental services. So, when it comes to getting braces, what’s better: a dentist or an orthodontist?

Similar Roles, Different Results

Dentists and orthodontists have similar backgrounds in education. Each have received their doctorate in general dentistry, but what about orthodontics? When it comes to orthodontic treatment, only an orthodontist has finished rigorous training in orthodontics after dental school. This means that all orthodontists have taken two to three years of additional courses to understand the intricacies of preventing, diagnosing, and aligning bad bites.

While you may find a general dentist that can perform orthodontic work, only an orthodontist is specially trained to straighten teeth and provide superior results. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t still see your dentist for regular checkups. Your dentist is an excellent option for removing plaque buildup and treating cavities and tooth decay. If you need a cavity filled, a crown or veneer placed, teeth whitened, or other dental treatment, your dentist is the best option. However, if you’re looking to straighten your teeth or fix a misaligned bite, such as an overbite or underbite, an orthodontist is the better option for you.

Why a Pridemore and Cox Orthodontist?

At Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics, we are proud to offer treatment from a board-certified orthodontist. Very few orthodontists choose to become certified. The certification process can take up to ten years to complete and includes rigorous testing and exams. Once certified, orthodontists must become re-certified every ten years to maintain board-certified status.

When you book an appointment with us, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest-quality treatment to gain the best possible results for your smile. If you’re ready schedule your appointment, contact us today and see for yourself!