Here at BidMySmile, one of our philosophies is that an orthodontic specialist is a far better choice than a general dentist when it comes to getting that beautiful smile that you have always wanted and deserved!
"An orthodontic specialist - which is the only type of doctor you will find at BidMySmile - requires additional schooling as a dental specialty."
Orthodontists and dentists are both focused on helping patients with their oral health and smile - and in fact there are general dentists who offer some orthodontic services - but there are many important differences to note.
General dentistry is, well, just that - general. It is a broad-based area of practice that includes treating disease of the teeth and gums - things like having cavities filled, gingivitis treated, or bad teeth replaced with crown and bridge work, or even dental implants. Orthodontics, on the other hand, is very much focused on straightening the teeth and correcting the bite. All orthodontists had to first become dentists, but not all dentists are specialists licensed to provide orthodontics..
An orthodontic specialist - which is the only type of doctor you will find at BidMySmile - requires additional schooling as a dental specialty. It is a very similar situation to when a physician must gain extra experience to specialize in cardiology or dermatology. Oftentimes, in fact, general dentists will refer their patients with bite issues or crooked teeth to an orthodontic specialist.
To learn more about the difference between dentists and orthodontists, as well as other important aspects of your potential treatment, you can visit the American Association of Orthodontists website