General dentists and orthodontists are dental professionals trained to diagnose, prevent, and treat dental problems. However, they have different areas of focus and specialise in different types of treatment.
A general dentist is a primary care provider for the oral health of patients of all ages. They are trained to diagnose and treat various dental problems, including cavities, gum disease, and toothaches. They also provide preventive care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatments, and may perform minor surgical procedures, such as tooth extractions.
An orthodontist is a specialist who focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. They use a variety of treatments, including braces and retainers, to straighten teeth and improve the alignment of the jaw. Orthodontists typically complete a three-year residency program after dental school, during which they receive extensive training in orthodontic techniques and treatments.
You would generally see a specialist orthodontist for treatment if you have a tooth or jaw alignment problem. You would see a general dentist if you have a toothache or other general dental issue. Both general dentists and orthodontists are important members of the dental care team and work together to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.