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Posts: "What's the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?" Feb. 7


"What's the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?"

April 3, 2017

Tony Skanchy Dentist vs Orthodontist Bluffdale

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

We get this question all of the time! When choosing a dental provider, it’s important to understand the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist to make sure you are receiving the highest quality care for your specific situation. Orthodontists and dentists both help their patients improve the quality of their oral health, but their focus is upon different aspects of oral health.

What is a dentist?

General dentists are doctors who receive four additional years of schooling after completing their undergraduate degree to earn either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. Some dental programs use DMD while others use DDS, but both use the same curriculum and they are basically interchangeable. Once in practice, dentists treat a wide variety of issues dealing with your general oral health. Some of the dentist's responsibilities include:

  • Preventitive treatment
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Gum care
  • Veneers
  • Bridges
  • Teeth Whitening

It is recommended that you visit your general dentist twice a year (and in some situations more oftent) to make sure you maintain the best dental health possible.

What is an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists who receive the same dental degree as their dentist peers, but only 4-5% of dentists go on to become orthodontists. An orthodontist is a licensed dentist who receives an additional 2-3 years of orthodontic-specific education and training, following dental school. Qualifying to be an applicant for an orthodontic program is very competitive. Some orthodontic programs offer a masters degree in dentistry often called a Master of Dental Science (MDS). Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align the jaws and teeth. Some of the common problems that orthodontists treat are:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Spacing
  • Crowding
  • Jaw growth problems
  • Dental habits

As dental health providers, dentists and orthodontists alike know that you hope to make the best possible decisions for yourself and for your family. We all agree that going to the dentist is an essential part of health and happiness. That being said, if you are hoping to treat issues surrounding jaw problems, crooked teeth, crowding, and so on, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends trusting your smile to a specialist who has been specially trained to help you gain your best smile and receive the highest quality care. Dr. Skanchy is a certified orthodontist as well as a board certified orthodontist through the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also an Elite Invisalign Provider. Visit our office today to let us help you start your journey to straighter and healthier teeth!

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog post! If you have any questions regarding treatment please don't hesitate to ask. To schedule a free evaluation please call (385) 210-1111. Dr. Tony Skanchy is a board certified orthodontist, serving the Riverton, Bluffdale, and Herriman community. 

February 2017

Posts: "Ten Things You Must Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist" Feb. 7


"Ten Things You Must Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist"

February 7, 2017

Herriman Braces Choosing an Orthodontist

Choosing the right provider for your orthodontic care is an important task. To help simplify things, we have compiled a list of items that you should consider when making your decision. Hope this helps!

1. Is the doctor a specialist? Orthodontists are dental specialists who complete an additional three years of training and education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align teeth. When it comes to your smile you should choose the best! Choose a specialist recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Skanchy is a certified Orthodontist. 

2. Is the orthodontist at the office full-time? At South Hills Orthodontics we have one convenient location. You can find comfort in knowing you will have access to the same Orthodontist at the same location throughout your orthodontic treatment.

3. Is the orthodontist a board certified orthodontist? A board certified orthodontist must demonstrate judgement, skills and knowledge that’s required for providing the highest level of patient care. Dr. Skanchy is a board certified orthodontist, a designation held by only 30% of orthodontists.

4. When should I have an evaluation? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing an orthodontist for the first time at age seven. Although many children will not require treatment at this time, others may strongly benefit from simple procedures that minimize the need for tooth extractions and surgical interventions in the future.

5. Does the orthodontist treat adults? Approximately twenty percent of our patients are adults. For many adults, an attractive smile is important to their health and self-esteem. Dr. Skanchy offers a variety of cosmetic approaches to straightening teeth and is a Preferred Invisalign Provider and trained in Clarity clear braces.

6. How much does the first visit cost? At South Hills Orthodontics, your orthodontic evaluation will always be free of charge.

7. Are there family discounts? Yes! Ask about our family discounts when you come and visit. 

8. What does the quoted fee include? Here at South Hills Orthodontics there are no hidden fees. Your quoted fee includes everything outlined in your individualized treatment plan, including retainers and follow-up retainer visits up to a year after treatment is completed. You will never be charged for missed appointments, broken brackets, or emergency appointments. 

9. Does the practice offer flexible financing and handle insurance? We offer in-house financing, no down payment options, and extended payment plans. We also accept a wide variety of insurance plans, flex spending accounts, and health savings account payments.

10. Does the office have reward programs and contests? We value our patients and sponsor reward programs and contests to show them our appreciation and promote good oral hygiene.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog post! If you have any questions regarding treatment please don't hesitate to ask. To schedule a free evaluation please call (385) 210-1111. Dr. Tony Skanchy is a board certified orthodontist, serving the Riverton, Bluffdale, and Herriman community. 

 

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