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What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?


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:



•Root Canals





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:



•Severe Overcrowding

•Tooth Gaps

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  




  • Ever since I got my braces off, everyone says "Oh my God, I love your teeth", and all I say is that my orthodontist is just amazing! I thought I would just tell you that.... ”

    - G.D. 15 yrs old
  • “My case was so difficult in my eyes. I had braces with surgery to both jaws. Words cannot express how much I am amazed with the outcome of my beautiful teeth. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Brigham and his amazing staff. THANK YOU!!!! ”

    - K.S. 33 yrs old
  • “I would like to thank you for your services and your "chairside humor". You helped to make a long process more enjoyable. I also want to compliment you on your staff, who always kept things interesting. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any of my friends. ”

    - P.D. 52 yrs old
  • “Thanks for your inspiration. Inspiring, because I realized that after seeing the degree of finishing in your cases, I never accepted the challenge of making the Invisalign system work. You opened my eyes, and I can see the fun you have had accomplishing a quality finished result. I was very impressed. ”

    - Dr. M.S., Professor of Clinical Orthodontics Case Western Reserve University
  • “I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you, Dr. Brigham, and everyone on your highly skilled team. I am extremely appreciative. If it wasn't for educators like you, giving back to the profession, we wouldn't be able to grow as a specialty. Thank you again. ”

    - Dr. A.L., Clinical Director of Orthodontics Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

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