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Orthodontist Or Dentist: Which Do I Need?

Your smile is one of the ways you connect with your family, your clients, and the world. How do you improve your best feature so that everyone can feel the personal warmth behind your smile? Who helps? Dentists and orthodontists both work on teeth, right? Feeling out who is an orthodontic dentist versus someone who can work on adult braces can be difficult. Whether you’re searching for someone with expertise in adult orthodontics, or are just curious about the difference between orthodontics and dentistry, Dr. Black’s office can help. They are one of the best when it comes to Asheville orthodontists, as he is a nationally recognized specialist in adult orthodontics.

What Do Dentists Do?

Dentistry is a general medical speciality (much like being a family physician). It specializes in diagnosing and treating any problems with the teeth, gums, jaw, and the nerves surrounding them. Dentists clean the teeth and gums and provide fillings, crowns, or root canals to address any issues, such as cavities or gum disease. To help keep teeth clean, dentists may also provide fluoride treatments. To help their clients’ smiles sparkle, dentists may also provide veneers and whitening treatments.

What Do Orthodontists Do?

OrthodontistsOrthodontists are actually dentists, but they go through several years of specialized training beyond their dentistry degree. are actually dentists, but they go through several years of specialized training beyond their dentistry degree. In this way, orthodontists are highly specialized doctors— like surgeons. They recognize and diagnose general problems with the mouth as a dentist would, but orthodontists focus on straightening the teeth, the jaw, and improving “bite.” They help their patients with issues like crooked teeth, over- and underbites, and tooth spacing.

Orthodontists use tools like Invisalign® (invisible braces) or traditional braces to help improve their patients’ smiles. They will also help their patients with retainers or headgear.

Some dentists may provide orthodontic services like braces, but their treatment may be less effective than a highly skilled, trained, and licensed orthodontist. You should always seek a qualified orthodontist like Dr. Black to place your braces and maintain them.

Dr. Black and his team encourage their patients to look at all available options before making decisions about their treatment, and Dr. Black is happy to answer any questions based on his experience with each. Please call us if you have any questions about the differences between orthodontists and dentists. We are happy to help you reclaim your smile!