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The vast majority of people have some sort of idea what orthodontists actually do and that is straighten teeth, but there’s a lot more to their role in advanced dentistry than that. This article will contain in-depth information about what they do and also provide tips and advice on how to choose the right orthodontist for your specific requirements. In most cases, your regular dentist will refer you to an orthodontist if the skill set required is beyond his remit.
What Is The Difference Between A Dentist And An Orthodontist?
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Generally speaking, a dentist performs the same role as your doctor but in a dental setting rather than a medical one. They are qualified by way of a General Dental Degree and can diagnose problems with your teeth and gums and maintain them as necessary. They can also spot any serious conditions such as oral cancer and refer you to a consultant if necessary. They can also spot any condition that might need the services of a specialist orthodontist.
Orthodontists are trained dental specialists who have completed an additional period of study in order to specialise in orthodontics. The additional study module covers a wide range of additional areas including orthodontics, biology, biomechanics and facial growth and development. They generally diagnose and treat misaligned or crooked teeth, poorly aligned jaws and bad bites. The aforementioned conditions are generally addressed at a relatively early age in order to rectify any issues before the patient reaches adulthood. An experienced Mosman orthodontist will also have extensive knowledge of paediatric dentistry as most orthodontic patients are of a young age.
Do I Need A Referral To See An Orthodontist?
Officially, you don’t need a referral from your regular dentist in order to see an orthodontist but that’s the route most people take. It is always better to see a fully qualified orthodontist for related treatment from the offset. Some dentists may have some knowledge of orthodontics, but in all probability lack the knowledge and experience to see any orthodontic treatment through to its conclusion.
The majority of dentists and orthodontists will work together in order to provide the best possible service to their patients as they have a shared goal. They will ensure that your dental needs are met.
I’m Not In Any Pain, Why Should I See An Orthodontist?
Although you might not experience any physical discomfort from your teeth, certain problems can get worse if not treated. For example, a misaligned bite can cause your other teeth to work harder and ultimately affect them adversely in the long term. You may find yourself trying to stifle a smile because you’re embarrassed about your crooked teeth, but it needn’t be this way.
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Visiting an experienced orthodontist can improve your smile and also boost your confidence and self-esteem. After all, who wants to go through life hiding a smile? Your teeth have to last you forever, so make sure you visit your dentist regularly, at least every 6 months, and an experienced and fully qualified orthodontist if you need to.