You know that straight teeth give you a great smile and a healthier mouth, but did you know there are at least 5 reasons to choose a dentist for braces instead of an orthodontist?
Both dentists and orthodontists are doctors who specialize in oral health. A dentist is a general practitioner caring for a patient’s overall oral health, including diagnosing and treating conditions affecting your teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth in general, as well as providing preventive care and cleaning your teeth.
An orthodontist is a specialist focused on how a patient’s teeth and jaw are set and making sure they align properly.
So, how do you decide? Here are 5 reasons to choose a dentist for braces:
1. Established Relationship
It can be hard to find a new medical provider that you trust, and finding someone who you feel comfortable with for straightening your teeth with braces is no exception. This is why many people choose to stay with their established dentist for braces as well.
2. Familiarity with Your Dental Health History
Your dentist already is familiar with your dental health history, making it easier for them to develop a treatment plan for using braces to straighten and correct the alignment of your teeth.
3. Ensures that Braces Align with Your Overall Oral Health
When your dentist is handling your braces, they can ensure that the strategy for straightening your teeth goes along with the plan for your overall oral health because they are overseeing both at the same time. When you split care between your dentist and an orthodontist, there needs to be an open dialogue and coordination between the two.
4. Orthodontist May Not Be Covered by Insurance
Not all orthodontic care is covered by insurance, even if you have dental coverage. An orthodontist is considered a specialist, so even if covered, your out-of-pocket expenses may be higher. It’s a good idea to confirm your dental coverage and get estimates of the expenses you’ll be responsible for before you start your treatment for braces.
5. Orthodontic Care Needed is Simple
When your teeth need fairly simple adjustments, and your dentist has experience with braces, they can usually handle it. However, there are some more complicated cases when your dentist may need to refer you to an orthodontist for more advanced treatment. For example, if you need treatment for misaligned upper and lower jaws (also known as jaw malocclusion), severe tooth crowding, or palate expansion, you may need to see an orthodontist instead of your regular dentist.
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Some, but not all, dentists are qualified to prescribe and oversee basic orthodontic care like braces. Dr. Lovik Mirzaeian is one of those who IS able to handle your braces as well as your general dentistry care. Call us at (559) 299-2168 or send us a message to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovik Mirzaeian today!
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