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Braces with an Orthodontist vs a Dentist


Do you know the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Ever wondered why it is recommended one see an orthodontist, like Dr. Cameron Jolley, for braces instead of your general dentist?

Orthodontists and dentists are both doctors of teeth and overall oral health; however, they differ in their area of expertise. Dentists, who have completed dental school and post graduate training at a dental college, specialize in general oral health care… teeth, gums, and any problems associated with them. Orthodontists must complete an additional two to three year residency program in orthodontic studies – the primary focus of which is the diagnosis and treatment of tooth and jaw alignment. In general, while all orthodontists are dentists, not all dentists are orthodontists.

As a practice, Dr. Jolley highly recommends that individuals regularly visit their dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and cavity check even when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Your dentist and dental hygienist can help you keep your gums healthy and teeth clean around your braces and appliances.

As a Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Jolley -along with his team- are committed to continuing education and best practices when it comes to the latest technology and advances regarding aligning and moving teeth to provide their patients with beautiful and healthy smiles.