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Understanding the Roles of Orthodontists and Dentists

Most people understand the importance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings, but what about orthodontic care?  While dentists and orthodontists both aid in maintaining oral health, their areas of expertise differ significantly. However, they often work together to ensure comprehensive oral health and a beautiful smile. Understanding the distinctions between these two specialties, as well as how they collaborate, can help you make informed decisions about your dental care needs.

Dentist’s Role

Dentists are doctors of oral health, responsible for maintaining the overall health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Their primary role involves diagnosing and treating a wide range of dental issues, as well as promoting good oral hygiene practices.

Dentists provide services focused on maintaining oral health and treating dental issues, including:

  • Professional cleanings and examinations
  • Restorative treatments (fillings, crowns, root canals)
  • Gum disease prevention and treatment
  • Cosmetic dentistry (veneers, bonding, teeth whitening)
  • Dentures and tooth replacements
  • Oral surgery (extractions, implants)
  • Preventive care and oral health education

Orthodontist’s Role

Orthodontists are also doctors of oral health, but we specialize in diagnosing and treating issues related to tooth and jaw alignment. Our expertise lies in overseeing jaw growth and bite development, particularly in children, often being the first professionals to make treatment decisions that will affect the adult facial form. We correct misaligned teeth and jaws using various orthodontic appliances and treatments.

Orthodontists specialize in diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities, offering services such as:

  • Traditional braces and clear aligner therapy
  • Jaw growth modification and bite correction, including expansion
  • Surgical orthodontic treatment (if required)
  • Retainers and retention appliances
  • Accelerated orthodontic treatment options

How Orthodontists and Dentists Work Together

While orthodontists and dentists have distinct areas of focus, they often collaborate to provide comprehensive oral health care to patients. At Hatcher & Frey, we maintain a strong network of trusted dental professionals who refer patients to us for orthodontic evaluations and treatments.

This collaboration ensures that patients receive the specialized care they need. By working closely with dentists, our orthodontists can develop personalized treatment plans that address both functional and aesthetic concerns, ensuring optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.

The Hatcher & Frey Way

At Hatcher & Frey, we prioritize comfort, efficiency, and implementation of the latest technology, allowing us to offer the best treatment available for our patients. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are seeking orthodontic care for you or your child. 

Remember, our collaborative approach with trusted dental professionals guarantees that you will receive the highest quality care out there. Schedule your free consultation or second opinion with us today!