Orthodontist vs Oral Surgeon: 4 Key Differences You Probably Don’t Know About
There are many dental practitioners out there, and so it can get confusing when you have a scheduled appointment with either of the two: an orthodontist or an oral surgeon. Don't know what to expect? Well, here are the differences between them.
1. Education and training.
If you have an appointment with a Milton Keynes orthodontist, it just means you're recommended to have your teeth aligned. Orthodontists are trained to diagnose, prevent, intercept, and treat a case of the “bad bites”, while Oral Surgeons are trained to operate with a scalpel to treat injuries in the whole face, not just in the mouth and jaw.
2. One of them makes more.
Though both most likely work in private practice, an oral surgeon receives a higher annual compensation for his service than an orthodontist. This might be due because surgery often requires more procedures before and after it is done, which means that it’s more challenging. Surgeons have to be well-compensated to get themselves involved in such difficult pursuits.
3. Oral surgeons are surgical specialists.
In extreme cases, they restructure the face and the jaw. They are usually called to work on people with facial trauma, or on those who suffer from congenital deformities that occur in the face (like cleft lips, locked jaws, and the like), although they are also licenced to perform tooth extraction and with a limited scope of cosmetic surgery.
4. Orthodontists are better at aligning teeth.
Their training revolves around the correction of misaligned, gapped, crooked, and crowded teeth. Though they can work cosmetically on teeth that are unnaturally protruding from the mouth, their forte is more on correcting the natural 'bite'. This is done with the help of physical pressure as exerted by temporary braces and other various tools.
Now that you’re aware of the differences between the two, you’ll know what you’re getting into during your next appointment.