Riverside Orthodontics, in Fairfield County, Explains the Training Needed to be an Orthodontist

Dr. Scott Kesselman, of Riverside Orthodontics, breaks down the difference between a doctor and an orthodontics.
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Riverside, CT (prHWY.com) March 28, 2013 - Many people ask what the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is. The easiest way to explain it is to compare it to doctors. A dentist is the equivalent of a general practitioner, your "family doctor." They do general dentistry; sometimes this includes some orthodontics. In the U.S. they are not allowed to call themselves orthodontists, but often use the word "orthodontics" or similar in their advertising. By comparison an orthodontist is equivalent to a specialist doctor such as a cardiologist, except that they specialize in the movement of teeth. In the U.S., orthodontists are first general dentist. Then they must complete substantial additional study (two to three additional years) at an accredited, university affiliated program and generally do nothing but orthodontic work in their practices.

An orthodontist must first receive his/her doctorate in general dentistry, the same as your family dentist. Then, they must complete an additional two to three years of graduate training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at an American Dental Association accredited, university affiliated program. As a specialist, the orthodontist limits his/her practice exclusively to orthodontic treatments. Only an orthodontist has the additional training to properly diagnose and treatment plan tooth movement.

Dr. Kesselman has specialized in orthodontics for over 15 years and Riverside Orthodontics prides itself in providing quality orthodontic treatment in the Riverside and Greenwich area. Call today to schedule a free consultation. We can be reached at (203) 698-0045.


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1171 E. Putnam Ave., Building #2
Riverside, CT 06878
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