Dentists vs. Orthodontists

Dentists vs. Orthodontists
Posted on 03/01/2016

Even though both dentists and orthodontists will help patients with their oral health, how they go about doing it is completely different. Orthodontists focus on using orthodontic appliances, such as braces and Invisalign, to help shift a patient’s teeth into a straighter and more favorable alignment. Dentists, on the other hand, will provide regular dental care, including exams and teeth cleanings, to make sure that a patient’s teeth are healthy. While dentists are to be seen once every six months, orthodontists are only seen if necessary, such as in the event of an orthodontic problem. Also, a fun note about dentists and orthodontists is that all orthodontists are actually dentists as well. Orthodontists require dental training in addition to their two years of orthodontic coursework.

What a Dentist Offers

Dentists provide patients with a wide selection of dentistry treatments in order to help them attain healthier, cleaner, and more attractive smiles. Some of the main fields of dentistry that are offered include:


    • General Dentistry – This includes regular dental care, such as teeth cleanings and dental exams, to help ensure that a patient’s mouth stays clean, healthy, and free of dental problems.
    • Restorative Dentistry – If your teeth have been decayed or damaged, restorative dentistry treatments can help restore them to their natural function. This includes treatments like crowns, root canals, and fillings.
    • Cosmetic Dentistry – This is for helping a patient achieve a more beautiful smile. Through treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers, cosmetic dentistry can restore faded, worn, cracked, broken, or even missing teeth.

What an Orthodontist Offers


Orthodontists provide a number of different orthodontic treatments in order to fix any orthodontic problems (including overbites, underbites, and crowding) and straighten a patient’s smile. When you come to visit your Zapata orthodontist, Laredo Orthodontics can provide the following orthodontic treatments:


    • Metal Braces
    • Ceramic Braces
    • Invisalign
    • Orthodontic Appliances


Visit Your Orthodontist in Zapata and Laredo!

If you’re in search of Laredo, TX Invisalign, braces, or any of our other orthodontic treatments, please feel free to give us a call at (956) 267-1234. Alternatively, you can fill out our appointment request form to schedule an appointment with your Zapata orthodontist through our website. We’re looking forward to seeing you and giving you a straighter smile!