Ask Drs. Roger Nettune & Kenneth Banasiak: What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

“Dentists,Orthodontists, they’re all the same right?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Drs. Roger Nettune & Kenneth Banasiak started out in dental school and earned a DDS (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school however, Drs. Roger Nettune & Kenneth Banasiak decided to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So they stayed in school for a few more years and became an expert in orthodontics, which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn’t it nice to know there’s a complete dental expert here at Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?