The terms 'orthodontist' and 'dentist' are used a lot interchangeably, and while there are similarities between the two, they also have distinct differences. For starters, dentistry is the branch of medicine that deals with teeth, jaw, nerves and gums, while orthodontics is a speciality within dentistry that focuses on correcting teeth straightness, occlusion and bites. To become an orthodontist, you need to have studied dentistry first.
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Orthodontists and Dentists: What's the Difference?
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Where dentistry is a broad speciality that focuses on issues to do
with the gum, teeth, jaw and nerves, orthodontics is a branch of
dentistry that is focused on the growth of the teeth and jaws,
and how these can affect the face.
Most treatment options for ortho-
dontics start with a referral from a
general dentist to an orthodontics
specialist at a local hospital or a pri-
vate practice. Jonathan Alexander
Abt is a Registered Specialist in Or-
thodontics who has been practising
since the late 1980s and has treated
numerous patients seeking ortho-
dontic treatment. View the infogra-
phic attachment to learn more inte-
resting facts about orthodontics.
It’s a speciality that is in high demand, with more than
200,000 patients seeking orthodontic treatment in En-
gland and Wales annually, according to the British Or-
thodontic Society (BOS). Privately, a growing number
of patients are also seeking treatment. In the PDF at-
tachment, find out more about the difference between
orthodontics and dentistry.
Orthodontic treatment aims at improving the harmo-
ny of the jaws and teeth and is often used to treat the
alignment and appearance of crowded, crooked or
protruding teeth. The treatment is also useful in cor-
recting bite problems with the teeth, thus reducing the
chance of damage and improving the appearance of
teeth. Such problems, if not well treated, can strain the
jaw muscles and lead to their abnormal development,
which can impact the shape of an individual’s face,
called malocclusion. More information about maloc-
clusion can be viewed the video attachment.
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In most cases, young patients who seek orthodontic treatment do so after adult teeth have come through,
which for many happens at about 12 years of age. However, treatment can also be dependent on the nu-
mber of adult teeth present and how the patient’s jaw and face have developed. For adults, treatment can
begin at any age, but the options tend to be limited. It is vital to have good oral health standards since the
chances of tooth decay increase with orthodontic treatment.
To remedy this, specialists
often recommend using
toothpaste or mouthwash
with extra fluoride content.
Patients are also advised to
avoid the intake of fizzy and
Several reasons lead patients to seek
orthodontic treatment. Some of these include
the following reasons:
To treat these teeth and jaw problems,
various orthodontic appliances are used.
The main types often used by specialists
include the following appliances:
• Deep bites – where the lower teeth are covered
by the upper ones too much
• Reverse bites – where the upper teeth rest
inside the lower teeth
• Impacted teeth – where secondary teeth grow
in wrong positions or fail to come through at all
• Protruding teeth – where the upper front
teeth protrude outward extensively
• Crowding – where a narrow jaw reduces the
room for teeth to grow
• Asymmetry – where the teeth drift or the jaw
shifts so that the centre lines of the lower and
upper front teeth are not aligned
• Fixed braces – These are non-removable
and are glued to the teeth and then held
together by using wires.
• Headgear – Headgear is not an orthodon-
tic appliance per se, but can be used to
supplement other devices and is typically
worn at night.
• Removable braces – They are plastic
plates that are placed on the roof of the
mouth and hold together some teeth.
• Functional appliances – These ap-
pliances are used to treat issues with the
positioning of the lower and upper teeth.
Whatever the treatment or device used to cor-
rect a problem, it’s important for patients to
follow the dental specialist’s instructions and
observe excellent oral hygiene. That last part is
important, as tooth decay is one of the common
complications of treatment. Tooth decay occurs
when plaque on the teeth produces acid. For
people undergoing treatment, it can be hard
keeping the teeth clean with worn appliances
restricting proper brushing.
JONATHAN ALEXANDER ABT
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