Many people don’t know the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. Dental professionals, such as dentists and dental hygienists, are trained in the study of the human mouth. They know the anatomy and physiology of the oral cavity and how to prevent and treat diseases and disorders that affect the teeth and gums. Orthodontists are doctors who specialise in the study of the skeletal structure of the face and how to realign the teeth to create a more pleasing appearance.

While both dentists and orthodontists may specialise in treating patients with tooth or jaw disorders, they are quite different in terms of training, treatment philosophy and patient experience.


What does an Orthodontist do?

Tooth problems are very common and often affect people’s quality of life. Almost everyone experiences some kind of tooth problem during their lifetime. Even though a dentist can treat a wide variety of conditions, there are some problems he cannot treat. For example, a dentist can fix a cavity but he will not be able to treat the pain you are experiencing when you have a toothache. That is the job of an orthodontist. He will straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.

They spend twice as much time in school (six years instead of three) than dentists.

Orthodontists are extensively trained in oral and craniofacial surgery. This means that if necessary, they can perform procedures to correct a malocclusion (bad bite) that is causing you discomfort.

Orthodontists treat patients with much more complex problems than dentists. Many of these patients need extensive treatment.

A majority of orthodontists complete an extra year of graduate study (post-graduate residency) to achieve certification. Only then, will they be able to legally practice orthodontics in their respective states.

What does a dentist Do?

You’ve probably been to a dentist for a cleaning at some point in your life. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself what else a dentist performs? You may be surprised to find out that dentists are more than just hygienists. Dentists actually provide medical care, perform preventative services and are skilled in the treatment of gum disease, crowns, root canals, implants, oral surgery, TMJ, jaw reconstruction, and many other dental procedures.

Tooth pain and cavities can be dangerous and difficult to treat. A dentist is an expert at evaluating tooth decay and removing it. They can also provide preventative dental care to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

You should have your teeth evaluated by a dentist every six months. This will help you to find out if you need any fillings, cleanings or anything else done to your teeth and gums. It’s a good idea to get your teeth checked out even if you don’t have any problems with them. This will ensure that they are in good shape, and it will also give you some relief if you do have problems. Don’t put off going to the dentist. Go and get your teeth checked out immediately if you are even slightly concerned about them. You should tell the dentist all of your medical history, and he or she will want to know as much as possible about your general health.

The right treatment for your dental problems…

If you are unsure of the kind of dental service or procedure you require, we recommend contacting Bright Smiles Dentistry on the Sunshine Coast, and arrange a time to see our friendly team. We’ll be able to assist in all your dental needs to get you smiling again