Orthodontist vs dentist - What’s the difference?

When it comes to the health of your teeth, you should rely on professionals. Regular checkups with your dentist are an essential part of maintaining your oral health, but visiting an orthodontist can be just as important for the health of your smile.

It’s all in the experience

All orthodontists started out as dentists, so they understand dental hygiene and care. They spent five years studying dentistry and understanding the ins and outs of patients’ teeth.

To become a Specialist Orthodontist they must embark on a further two-to-three years of postgraduate study in the specialist field of orthodontics to learn how to align teeth and jaws.

An orthodontist’s role

An orthodontist's expertise in this field of dentistry means he or she is equipped to treat you for orthodontic problems such as crowding, spacing, and bite issues.

Orthodontic problems can contribute to overall health issues as well. Misaligned teeth and jaws can prevent you from chewing and digesting your food properly, and create extra spaces for food to become trapped. This can lead to poor nutrition, cavities, and even gum disease.

Orthodontist vs dentist

Why see an orthodontist?

If you suffer from a mis-aligned smile, or you're simply not happy with your smile, speak with an orthodontist. Here at SmartDontics®, our free consultation is designed for you to find out whether orthodontic treatment is right for you. We will give you all the information you need to attain your best smile.

Orthodontist vs dentist

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See what a Specialist Orthodontist can do to shape your smile. At SmartDontics®, your first visit is absolutely free.

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Orthodontist vs dentist

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SmartDontics®

8 Central Parade
St. Mark’s Hill
Surbiton Surrey
KT6 4PJ
United Kingdom

020 8399 6333

1 minute from the train station

Car parking available outside the practice (metered), on Adelaide Road and in Waitrose nearby.

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