What is the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist Who Does Orthodontics?

This is such a great question that we are asked every day!

Did you know that ALL Orthodontists are Dentists, but NOT ALL Dentists are Orthodontists?

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty dealing with teeth, gums, nerves and the jaw, while an orthodontist, like Dr. Varghese, focuses on correcting a patient’s bite and straightening teeth.
Once Dr. Varghese earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) he proceeded with additional years of schooling to become an Orthodontist. Even though Dr. Varghese helps our patients with crooked teeth, he also specializes in overbites, underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, crowding of teeth and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care, in addition to extracting teeth, TMJ treatments and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different needs of our patients.

Please call us to set up a complimentary consultation to learn more 🙂

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