What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Considerations when selecting an Orthodontist

Many wonder what the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is.

Dentist is a general term which deals with looking after the health of all aspects of the mouth whilst an orthodontist is someone who looks at teeth straightening and fixing misaligned teeth.

An orthodontist can work with a range of brace solutions from invisible dental braces Incognito braces, and fixed cosmetic braces as well as popular brands such as Invisalign.

There are various modalities and treatment options when trying to straighten teeth our orthodontist based in York at Fresh Dental Smile Clinic has access to the full range of orthodontic treatments to ensure we select the most appropriate treatment to give you the very best outcome.

It’s important to visit an orthodontist who has a good amount of experience and expertise as this will impact obtaining the best results long-term stability of having straight teeth.


A general dentist can provide some often commercially driven popular treatments which are well marketed to the general patient as such accreditations can be done over a weekend training programme which means although the patient may feel they are having treatment based on a well-known system such as Invisalign the actual skill and experience of the dentist treating them may be limited. This can mean when issues arise the clinician is not as experienced as others in providing the best outcomes to get that smile makeover result.

Having treatment undertaken based on the cheapest or most popular brand that happens to be heavily marketed can sometimes mean that the result isn’t quite as perfect as one would’ve hoped. Being treated by an experienced dentist who is proficient in orthodontics means that they are able to navigate any challenges in the safe and predictable manner to get great-looking teeth straightening with cosmetic braces.

What does an orthodontist do?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has developed the skills in straightening teeth an orthodontist can also be a dentist and likewise a dentist can also be an orthodontist however sometimes dentists who have evolved to become orthodontists often limit their practice and patient treatments to just doing dental braces.

Which kind of dental brace is best for me?

There are many orthodontic treatment systems available some better than others. The chosen orthodontic method of treating teeth will depend upon what kind of dental misalignments you may have. Some people have mild misalignments for example at the front of the smile that irritate them and they would like to get corrected however other patients can have far more complex issues such as twisted teeth crowding and gaps between teeth.

Will I get the perfect smile using braces?

Orthodontic treatment can straighten teeth by moving the actual position of the teeth within the jaw. Dental braces, however, don’t change the size shape or proportion of the teeth in a smile, nuances taking into account smile design principles from an aesthetic cosmetic dental perspective can make a significant difference to the appearance of the final result.

At fresh dental smile clinic in York, we often get approached by patients who have had orthodontic work undertaken elsewhere who are not quite happy with the finished result whereby small cosmetic changes can make a big difference to the overall finish and look.

Having your dental orthodontic treatment done with our award-winning cosmetic dentist team at Fresh Dental Smile Clinic York means that we will not only look to undertake straightening your teeth but also achieve an outstanding final cosmetic results meaning you’ll be truly happy with the look of your smile.

Get the smile you’ve always wanted. Get in touch to book your Free Consultation with the Dentist at www.freshsmiles.co.uk or Call us on York 0190 460 3687 or you can email us directly at info@freshsmiles.co.uk.