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The Difference Between A Dentist & Orthodontist

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When it comes to dental care, many people assume that dentists and orthodontists can do the same job, but this is not always the case. Significant differences between the two can establish which treatment method is best for reaching your ideal oral health, be it for preventive care or something more serious, like braces and other corrective operations.

Here’s what you need to know to make an educated choice the next time you need dental care.

Differences Between A Dentist And Orthodontist

The differences between a dentist and an orthodontist may seem subtle, but they can have major implications for those needing dental care.

A dentist (or dental hygienist) primarily focuses on the overall health of the teeth and gums, concerned with cleaning, diagnosing, and treating dental issues. In addition, they often perform routine check-ups, fillings, and extractions, ensuring patients maintain optimal dental hygiene.

On the other hand, an orthodontist specialises in properly aligning and positioning teeth and the jaw. Using specialised tools, orthodontists devise tailored treatment plans such as braces or retainers to address structural imbalances effectively.

Although both professionals have similar educational backgrounds and training, an orthodontist needs to complete additional years of studies to obtain specialist expertise.

Key differences:


  •       Requires a dental degree plus a specialised orthodontics degree
  •       Specialist in tooth and jaw alignment
  •       Specialist in facial growth, dental development, occlusion
  •       Only does orthodontics


  •       Requires a dental degree
  •       Diagnoses and treats diseases affecting teeth and gum
  •       Generalist in dental and oral health
  •       Treats many dental problems


Whether you see one or both, is a personal choice; however, there are benefits of seeing both – ensuring you get all the right care and treatments to keep your teeth and dentures looking amazing and feeling great.

Remember, good dental health is essential to our overall well-being. And seeing a dentist and an orthodontist regularly can help keep your teeth clean and free of decay and identify any potential issues early. That way, any problems can be treated quickly and effectively before they become more serious.

Are Cosmetic Dentistry Issues Done By An Orthodontist Or Dentist?

Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular as people look to improve their smiles, though many aren’t sure whether they need a dentist or an orthodontist. The reality is that both dental professionals are essential to the success of the field.

While a general dentist’s primary concern is maintaining the patient’s oral health, they also offer cosmetic services like tooth bonding or teeth whitening. Orthodontists, however, focus on correcting cosmetic abnormalities like crooked teeth and bad bites by adjusting the position and alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaws.

Whether you should see a dentist or an orthodontist depends on the nature and severity of the cosmetic issue you’re experiencing.

Benefits Of Using Afterpay Dental

The availability of AfterPay as a payment method for dental work has been a huge comfort for many people who care about their oral health and want to keep it in good shape or get it back in good shape.

AfterPay is an interest-free payment plan that gives you more financial freedom to get dental care without going into serious debt. When you pay for necessary dental care in instalments (usually four payments over eight weeks), you can avoid having to pay a lump sum all at once and avoid the risk of a more severe and expensive dental emergency. AfterPay is also a great way to get the care you need, without worrying about the cost of dental implants or cosmetic procedures, which can be pricey.

How Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic Can Help

At Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic, we aim to address your dental needs with utmost care and precision. We understand that having an attractive and confident smile is a significant aspect of your overall appearance and self-esteem. Our team of highly skilled and experienced dental professionals provides you with the most effective solutions that cater to the functionality and appearance of your dentures.

Utilising state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge techniques, our Camden dentist team work closely with you to tailor custom treatment plans that align with your unique dental requirements. Through our wide array of services, from cosmetic denture options to implant-supported dentures, we ensure each patient experiences the highest quality results. Contact us today.

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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