Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Dentist vs Orthodontist...is there a difference??
A lot of our patients are curious about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear at Ashburn Orthodontics is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?”
A general dentist is your primary dental care provider. Dentists diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral healthcare needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges.
Orthodontists, such as Dr. Kortam, are more concerned with diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusion, or what we call “bad bite,” of the teeth. Orthodontists focus on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems and are responsible for straightening with braces and clear aligners. Orthodontists treat children as well as adults who wish to improve the function of their bite and appearance of their smile.
Before becoming an orthodontist, doctors such as Dr. Kortam start out in dental school and earn a dental degree, just like your general dentist. After dental school, those doctors who decide they are interested in the orthodontic field, stay in school for a few more years and become experts in orthodontia, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. Dr. Kortam went the extra mile and completed the board exams and became American Board Certified in Orthodontics!
You can feel rest assured that you are in the best hands with Dr. Kortam! To schedule your Complimentary Consultation at our Ashburn, VA office, please give us a call today at (703) 729-7210 or visit our website at www.ashburnbraces.com and remember, It’s All About Your Smile!