In consultation, patients often ask us: “What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?”
Although the difference is obvious to dental professionals, we realize that it is not the same for ordinary people. Thus, we take the time to do the precision today and demonstrate the difference.
A general dentist is similar to your family doctor. It is the ideal person to evaluate your oral health, make punctual examinations of your mouth and teeth, repair cavities, and may provide orthodontic care even if he is not an orthodontist.
An orthodontist is a specialist who has 2 to 3 years of additional training than dentists in the field of orthodontics specifically, and proves to be an expert in tooth rectification, correction of malocclusions and dentofacial orthopedics. He is the best person to recommend the treatment option that suits you best.
Example: A doctor will likely receive you for an abnormality appearing on your skin and prescribe a remedy. However, the dermatologist – having additional notions to treat all skin problems – will surely see further in the global treatment of the skin and prevent, if necessary.
See the illustration below for a better understanding:
You are now enlightened on the subject! See a dentist for the health of your teeth and mouth, and see an orthodontist to straighten your teeth and jaws.
If you wish to have more information, do not hesitate to communicate with our team members at Ortho Cité.
To get the wonderful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Serge Yacoub.
Dr Serge Yacoub
5970, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Québec H1N 1B8