Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dentist vs. Orthodontist

March 6th is National Dentist Day, created to show appreciation for your dentist. 

Many people assume that Dentist and Orthodontist have the same job, but that is wrong. While they both work to keep your mouth nice and healthy, they both specialize in different things. Your dentist helps you keep your teeth clean, checking for cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. On the other hand your orthodontist focuses on development of the face, teeth and jaws which is done by orthodontic appliances; ie braces.

Here’s the breakdown:

 helps you maintain your overall oral health care which includes:
  • Check-up every 6-month
  • Removing/ repairing problem teeth
  • Filling cavities
  • & teeth whitening

helps with issues such as overbites, underbites, gaps and crowded teeth and determines a treatment that fits your case which is usually fixed by:
  • Braces
  • Wires
  • Retainers
  • & other appliances

Having braces creates additional nooks and crannies where food particles and bacteria can hide. Visiting your dentist regularly will also help protect your teeth from decalcification. Decalcification is a condition in which white spots form on your tooth surfaces and decalcification is irreversible. Plaque and tartar can also form around your brackets and bands which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure that plaque and tartar are removed.

While your visits with Dr. Poser help maintain your braces, you still need to visit the dentist. You’re working hard to get that perfect smile and need to work just as hard to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. You can still get cavities while having braces so in addition to brushing and flossing, remember to visit the dentist two times a year (6-months) to keep good oral health.


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