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“Dentists, Orthodontists … What’s the Difference?”

By October 16, 2011January 31st, 2023Orthodontics

Teen_bracespink“Dentists, Orthodontists, they’re all the same right?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist our doctors all started out in dental school and earned a dental degree, just like your dentist. After dental school however, our doctors decided they wanted to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So they stayed in school for a few more years and became experts in orthodontics, which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and underbites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn’t it nice to know there are dental experts here at Houston Orthodontic Specialists to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?