Do You Know the Difference Between a General Dentist and an Orthodontist?

You know who your general dentist is as you probably go to see them when you have a cavity, discomfort in a tooth or for your annual cleaning and routine check-up. But do you know who your orthodontist is and why you need to go see them?

A dentist is similar to your family doctor, just for your mouth.  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. To be clear, all orthodontists i.e. Dr. Irigoyen at Coral Gables Orthodontics are dentists but not all dentists are orthodontists.

While your general dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, TMJ treatments, and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you may require.

Dr. Irigoyen has 11 years of experience as a general dentist and 15 years as a board certified orthodontist, giving him a extensive array of knowledge.