Do I Need An Orthodontist or a Dentist?
There is a significant difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, and it comes down to education as well as experience. After receiving a doctorate in general dentistry, an orthodontist must also complete 2-3 years of post-graduate training in the field of orthodontics at an ADA approved university.
To be an orthodontist, residency training is required, allowing an orthodontist much more time to develop and hone their skills in diagnosing malocclusion, creating orthodontic treatment plans and ultimately leaving patients with straighter smiles.
Benefits of Going to an Orthodontist
Other than the enormous amount of extra training in this specialized area, your orthodontist has geared their practice specifically around fixing smiles. More often these days, patients are receiving orthodontic treatment from their general dentist. The problem with this is that your dentist hasn’t had the proper time and training in the field to achieve the best possible outcome.
Because we recognize that visits to both your general dentist and your orthodontist are important for your smile's overall health, we have created a multi-specialty dental office in Smyrna, TN. However, when it comes to straightening your teeth, we highly recommend trusting an ADA-certified orthodontist, so we have orthodontists at all three of our locations: our full-service office in Smyrna and our orthodontic practices in Madison and Spring Hill, TN.