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Dentist Or Orthodontist: Which Specialist Do You Need?

Do you know the difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist? Both doctors deal with the health of your teeth, however, they differ in the methods of care that they provide. Here’s a closer look at these two healthcare professionals:

Dentists
Dentists are doctors who specialize in problems with your teeth and gums. To become a dentist, you must complete medical school as well as postgraduate dental training. They provide you with regular dental cleanings and deal with oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Dentists encourage good oral hygiene and provide services including:
•Root canals.
•Gum disease.
•Cowns.
•Bridges.
•Veneers.
•Teeth whitening.

Orthodontists
Orthodontists are dentists who also completed a specialized, two-year residency program. They deal with more serious dental issues including your tooth and jaw alignment.

Orthodontists help with:
•Misaligned teeth.
•Crowded teeth.
•Overbite.
•Underbite.

Treatment offered at Speaks Orthodontics:
– Traditional braces
– Ceramic braces
– Invisalign
– Lingual hidden braces
It’s important for you to visit your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year. And if you have a problem with the alignment of your teeth, they can offer a referral to an orthodontist. Speaks Orthodontics is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada. If you have any additional questions, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please visit our website to learn more or call us at (720) 513-3743.