Orthodontists and dentists may differ in services, but they are both equally important. Dr. Gary Brigham and the team at Brigham Orthodontics may provide orthodontic treatment to people of all ages with conditions that vary in severity in Scottsdale AZ, Mesa AZ, Tempe AZ, Phoenix AZ and Maricopa County AZ. But we recognize the importance of continuing to see your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and check-ups.
Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Similarities
Orthodontists and dentists begin their careers in much the same way. They both must attend dental school after graduating from a bachelor’s degree program. After completing dental school, a future orthodontist will need to complete a two to three year residency at an American Dental Association approved, university-affiliated program. A dentist, however, will be awarded a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry), depending on what they choose to specialize in.
Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Differences
Think of a dentist as the primary care physician for your teeth. They perform routine maintenance and ensure that, overall, your mouth remains healthy. Some dentist-specific procedures include:
An orthodontist like Dr. Gary Brigham in Scottsdale AZ however, is a specialist. If a dentist cannot assist you in correcting a dental condition, they will, oftentimes, refer you to an orthodontist. Orthodontic offices like Brigham Orthodontics in Scottsdale AZ focus on the alignment of your teeth and malocclusions. A malocclusion is an issue concerning your ‘bite’ and typically refers to one of the following:
The most common form of orthodontic treatment is braces. Braces can help address a number of the aforementioned conditions, but can only be installed by an orthodontist.
Dr. Gary Brigham and the team at Brigham Orthodontics in Scottsdale AZ understand the importance of maintaining a healthy dental routine while receiving orthodontic treatment. Braces, especially, can make maintaining dental hygiene particularly difficult and result in cavities or worse. Be sure to heed the advice of Dr. Gary Brigham and the team at Brigham Orthodontics Scottsdale AZ for optimal dental health and regularly visit the dentist and the orthodontist!
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Dr. Gary Brigham and the team at Brigham Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Scottsdale AZ, Mesa AZ, Tempe AZ, Phoenix AZ and Maricopa County AZ. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gary Brigham, contact Brigham Orthodontics at: 480-595-8444