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Dentist or Orthodontist, does it matter that much?

  • 3 years ago

Is the expertise of an orthodontist needed for any type of tooth movement, or should I feel comfortable going with a general dentist? I don't want to waste time or money, so choosing who I will go to does matter.

I read an interesting article written by Dr. Ted Rothstein where he alerts the public on the rising levels of substandard Invisalign treatment by insufficiently trained general dentists. Click hereĀ if you want to read the article.

Tell me what you think.

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It depends. Orthodontist referred me back to specialized dentist: I have TMJ Disorder for which my general dentist of 8+ years created the INCORRECT night guard. This resulted in the dislocation of both disks in my upper jaws. I then went to a dentist who is a jaw specialist and has studied the upper jaws extensively (general dentists get VERY limited information about the upper jaws in dental school). This jaw specialist went through several years of different training methods in jaw treatment and combined all of this knowledge to formulate his own upper jaw treatment procedures. This included extensive coursework in Invisalign. He has personally gone through the same TMJ disorder and treatment from orthotic to Invisalign himself. I now have completed the orthotic phase to stabilize the jaws and have just begun the Invisalign phase. I sought a second opinion regarding my pending Invisalign treatment from a highly regarded orthodontist who, after hearing about the extent of my TMJ disorder, was cautious and advised me to return to my jaw specialist, who has had many successes with Invisalign and TMJ disorder. I followed the orthodontist's advice and am having the jaw specialist provide my Invisalign. So, bottom line: it depends upon your situation and the experience of the dentist and/or orthodontist. There is no "one size fits all" answer.
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Hi, Im Kevin from cookortho.com.. Well, Just get through dental school first and see if you even like it... People can't know what they want to specialize in until they learn dentistry first and are around it enough. I'm a fourth year and I still basically haven't decided.
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To become an orthodontist, one has to attend at least two more years of specific training in orthodontia in addition to their regular dentistry education. Not to say that a dentist couldn't perform some type of realignment, but an orthodontist is typically going to be much more experienced in this type of "repair."

Honestly, I'm not a huge expert on the subject, but I've been putting together a website at http://www.orthodontistsalaryblog.com and I've been doing quite a bit of research lately. I hope I've helped a little.
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I would most definitely go with an orthodontist, as I did. This is what they are trained for and excel in. :)
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An article was published in the Seattle Times today on things to consider when choosing an orthodontist. Click here if you would like to read the article.

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A question was posted in the Q&A section that asked "Do Invisalign results depend on competence of provider?" Click here to see the dentists opinions on this subject.

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If you are in the process of selecting an Invisalign provider a Forum was opened that might interest you. It addresses the question, "What is the difference between a Preferred, Premier, Premier Elite provider?"

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This is most obviously a biased opinion; however, I must say that an orthodontist is a specialist in tooth movement, this is what they do all day in and out. An orthodontist has had 2-3 years of extra, intense education in the biology of tooth movement, and they firmly understand how to correct malocclusions (bad bites). The most important aspect of success in orthodontic treatment is diagnosis. If the diagnosis is correct, the case and teeth will come together predictably. The ability to make a sound orthodontic diagnosis take years of education, and the education never ends.

A general dentist truly has a very poor education in orthodontics in dental school, and may take a weekend course here and there in order to learn how to move teeth, but this really makes them more dangerous than educated. If I were to recommend my friend or family member to someone for Invisalign treatment, I would without fail recommend them to an orthodontist that has experience in Invisalign, that does the procedure everyday for living.
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A great question was posted in the Q&A section that asked who ulitmately makes the Invisalign treatment plan, the dentist or the Invisalign company. Click here to see the dentists answers to this question.

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