What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Richmond OrthodontistOrthodontists and dentists both focus on oral care and help patients improve their oral health. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that involves the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of anything related to the oral cavity. Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites and the straightness of teeth. Orthodontists require additional schooling after their initial degree in dentistry. Only about 5% of all dentists receive extra training and become certified orthodontists.

Dr. Gustav Horsey, a licensed orthodontist, specializes in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. Some of the orthodontic services provided relate to misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite and retention.

Typically, dentists encourage good oral hygiene and provide services related to tooth decay, oral cleanings and exams, crowns and bridges, veneers, teeth whitening and more. Orthodontists, like Dr. Gustav Horsey, offer a variety of orthodontic solutions and can treat even the most severe cases of malalignment.

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