Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Why They Are Both Important

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Dentists and orthodontists may differ in services, but they are both equally important. While Dr. Jerek Petrous and the team here at Petrous Orthodontics in Royal Oak, MI provide orthodontic treatment to people of all ages with conditions that vary in severity, we also recognize the importance of continuing to see your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and check-ups.

Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Similarities

Both a dentist and an orthodontist begins their careers in the same way (e.g., they both attend dental school after graduating from a bachelor’s degree program). Subsequently, a dentist will be awarded a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry), depending on what they choose to specialize in, while a future orthodontist will need to complete a two to three year residency at an American Dental Association approved, university-affiliated program.

Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Differences

You can think of a dentist as the primary care physician for your teeth; they perform routine maintenance and ensure that your mouth remains healthy overall. Some dentist specific procedures include:

  • Cleanings
  • Whitenings
  • Root canals
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Bridges

An orthodontist like Dr. Petrous in Royal Oak, MI, on the other hand, is a specialist. If a dentist cannot assist you in correcting a dental condition, they will, oftentimes, refer you to an orthodontist. And orthodontic offices like Petrous Orthodontics focus on the alignment of your teeth and malocclusions typically referring to one of the following:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Severe overcrowding
  • Tooth gaps
  • Braces

The most common form of orthodontic treatment is braces. Braces can help address a number of the aforementioned conditions, but can only be installed by an orthodontist.

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Dr. Petrous and the team here at Petrous Orthodontics understand the importance of maintaining a healthy dental routine while receiving orthodontic treatment. Braces especially, can make maintaining dental hygiene particularly difficult and result in cavities or worse. Be sure to heed the advice of Dr.Petrous and the team here atPetrous Orthodontics in Royal Oak, MI for optimal dental health, and regularly visit your dentist.


Dr. Jerek Petrous and the team at Petrous Orthodontics are experts in orthodontia.  If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Incognito, braces, surgical orthodontics, and palatal expander in the 48071 zip code area: Madison Heights, Sterling Heights, Hazel Park, Warren, or Royal Oak, MI, or would like to schedule an complementary consultation with Dr. Petrous, contact Petrous Orthodontics at: 248.588.2020