What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

Check out this infographic from the American Association of Orthodontics to learn the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist:

American Association of Orthodontists: What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Image from, an AAO site.

Consumer Alert From AAO:
The American Association of Orthodontists is urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites which encourage people to try and straighten their own teeth. Moving teeth is a medical procedure and needs personal supervision by an orthodontist. Please be wary of any suggestions to move teeth with rubber bands, dental floss, or other objects ordered on the Internet. Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems. Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite.

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