Dentist vs Orthodontist TrainingDentists and orthodontists undergo the same training initially, with 4 years of undergraduate education followed by another 4 years of dental school. They are then required to pass a series of exams to qualify as a licensed dentist. One of these exams is a written exam and the other is a clinical licensing exam, and without the two, they are unable to practice as a dentist. While those who are only planning to become dentists stop there, aspiring orthodontists have another 2-3 years of residency and over 4,000 hours of training. Generally, only around 3% of those who go to dental school make the decision to go to through the extra training to become orthodontists.
Dentist ServicesDentists are qualified to look out for your overall oral health. This means that they deal with nearly all of the basics in dental health. Through dental check-ups, dentists can identify and treat:
- Mild gum disease
- Other oral hygiene issues