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Dentist vs Orthodontist


You’ve probably been going to your dentist for years now, and at some point he or she referred you to an orthodontist. You may be wondering why a dentist doesn’t do orthodontics, or what differentiates an orthodontist from other dentists?

-All dental specialists were first trained as general dentists. Regardless of specialty, all US-trained dentists graduated from dental school with either a DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) or a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). The majority of dental schools are 4 year programs during which all dentists are trained to improve oral health care.

However, there are some differences.
-Specialists spend an additional 2-4 years in their speciality training. Orthodontists, for example, continue their education in an orthodontic residency for an additional 3 years after 4 years of dental school.

-Orthodontists focus on straightening teeth and achieving an ideal bite.

The types of dental services provided are quite different for a general dentist vs an orthodontist. While general dentists maintain oral health by removing tooth decay and restoring teeth, orthodontists primarily focus on aligning teeth and bringing them into a harmonious relationship.

-Dental providers work together in the best interest of the patient. For example, a general dentist may refer a patient to an orthodontist for braces or Invisalign, while continuing to see that same patient for regular cleanings and dental exams. An orthodontist may also refer a patient to a general dentist to fill a cavity prior to starting orthodontic treatment.

To learn more about the difference between dentists and orthodontists, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Mathrani, please contact Spring Orthodontics at (708) 505-2525.

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"Wonderful experience at Spring Orthodontics, and so impressed with Dr. Mathrani and Debbie, the treatment coordinator. From the personalized welcome message, to the full tour of their great space and technology, to their friendly and approachable demeanor, my child was completely at ease. As a mom, I appreciated that Dr. Mathrani provided a thoughtful and customized assessment — not a recommendation that was about profits. If you are looking for an orthodontic consultation, don’t hesitate, go to Spring!"

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"I just started wearing Invisalign, and I could not ask for a better orthodontist than Dr. Mathrani. I had a ton of questions and concerns about the whole process, and she patiently answered all of my questions and gave me a lot of information to help me. Dr. Mathrani is very professional, and also has such a warm and inviting personality that makes the whole experience much more enjoyable."

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"I have nothing but great things to say about this office. As someone, in my 30s, who was very nervous going into invisalign treatment, I can honestly say I wish I found Dr. Mathrani sooner. From consult, my initial scan (Yay! no gross molds), IPR , to receiving my trays , I can't be any more pleased with my experience."

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"Our experience at Spring Orthodontics has been amazing! My 6 year old daughter had a severe overbite due to thumb sucking and I was referred to Dr Ro by our dentist. Dr Ro placed a device in my daughters mouth that had her overbite significantly reduced and broke the thumb sucking habit within 8 weeks! I am truly amazed by the results! Dr Ro was so great with my daughter and every visit has been a great experience- my daughter actually looks forward to going to the orthodontist! This place is a gem in Western..."

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"Our family could not be happier with Dr. Ro and her practice! From the moment we walked in for our first consult, we knew we made the right choice! Dr. Ro is the best - very knowledgeable, super kind and so great with our girls! They truly love going in to see her for their visits! We highly recommend Dr. Ro (and Debbie too!) "

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