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What is the difference between a Dentist & Orthodontist?

What is the difference between a dentist & orthodontist? To put it simply: When it comes to perfecting your smile, including misalignments of the teeth and jaw, an orthodontist is best. For general dentistry and check-ups, you need a family dentist.

Although some dentists offer services like braces and Invisalign, they don’t have an orthodontist’s advanced training. Therefore, dentists often refer patients to an orthodontist for such treatment. Importantly, to ensure the best results and a perfect smile, you deserve a smile specialist: That’s an orthodontist like Dr. Eliane A. John.

Orthodontists Have Advance Training and Skills

All orthodontists have the training and skills of a dentist. So, they complete dental school and taking a certification test. Following this achievement, they receive an additional two to three years of specialized orthodontic training.

During an orthodontic residency program, your orthodontist learns about the complexities of aligning the teeth and jaws. Then, they must pass additional certification before they can practice as an orthodontist.

Therefore, when it comes to creating a perfect smile, an orthodontist knows how to get the best results. So, it’s a good idea to seek treatment from an experienced orthodontist if you suspect you may need braces or Invisalign. As noted, some dentists offer these services, depending on state law, but choosing a specialist is recommended.

Often, insurance providers request a referral from your dentist. However, that’s not always true. So, if you have any questions, please give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help! Call us anytime at 954-575-3313.

The Best Time to See an Orthodontist

When kids are beginning to get all their adult teeth, it’s the ideal time to see an orthodontist. Typically, this happens around age seven. By getting started, we can catch any problems in the early stages and ensure your child goes on to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Thus, we follow the advice of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Often, adults put off getting orthodontic treatment for years. Sometimes, they fear the expense. However, treatment is affordable, even without dental insurance. 

Please, ask us about our affordable financing options. Remember, nothing should hold you back from getting the care you deserve! Also, it’s never too late to get started! More and more adults are choosing to correct their smiles. Today, advanced technology makes treatment more comfortable, convenient, and faster than ever before.

As always, it’s essential to visit your family dentists regularly. By scheduling regular cleanings, you can avoid oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, and toothaches. During cleanings, dentists can also spot early signs of problems like cancer. Plus, they often provide cosmetic services. Therefore, dentists and orthodontists are both your allies in better oral health. 

Choose an Orthodontist for Braces or Aligners

As noted, state laws allow some dentists to offer braces or Invisalign. However, choosing an experienced orthodontist can mean faster, more comfortable treatment. Plus, you can ensure that you’ll get the best results, a stunning smile you’ll be proud of for a lifetime.

Today, modern braces and Invisalign clear aligners are advanced. Thus, you get a discreet, comfortable treatment, whatever your age. Both treatments can correct common problems like overbites and crowded teeth. Plus, they can align the jaws, helping you avoid pain, chew, and speak properly. Even better, you can prevent oral health problems and a prematurely aged appearance.

To find out which treatment will work best for you, try a free virtual consultation:

  • First, you’ll submit some photos of your smile.
  • Then, Dr. John, a board-certified orthodontist with over two decades of experience, will review them.
  • Finally, we’ll reply with your free smile assessment.


It’s that easy! Thus, getting started is safe, easy, and convenient.

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