A dentist is similar to your family doctor- great for check-ups and filling cavities. an orthodontist is a specialist who has three years of additional education and is an expert in straightening your teeth and choosing the treatment option that's best for you. 

What Do Orthodontists Do?

The top reason for seeing an orthodontist is the same for adults and kids - to treat malocclusion, or a “bad bite.”

Orthodontists help straighten teeth and improve your bite by correcting how your teeth fit together and how your jaws line up.

They use braces, trays (also known as aligners), and other appliances -- such as headgear, which attach around the head or neck to add more force to help make teeth move. They also use retainers to hold teeth in position.

General dentists often refer patients to orthodontists and sometimes medical doctors such as pediatricians do, too. That’s more likely to happen if a child “doesn’t like their teeth and is being teased about them,” says Dr srinivas .n 

To become an orthodontist, someone must complete fve years of dental school for bds degree, then three years of specialized study in orthodontics for a mds [masters] degree

Most general dentists can treat minor orthodontic problems and some do orthodontic work. But they’re more likely to refer complicated cases to an orthodontist.

Why See an Orthodontist

“Most patients see orthodontics as just straightening the teeth, but one of the most important factors is the way the bite fits together at the end of treatment.