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2, Jun, 2017

Oral care is a crucial part of our overall health. However, more important is to decide which oral care expert is best suitable for us depending on the situation. Do you know when you should see an orthodontist and when a general dentist? First of all, do you know that there is a difference between both the professionals? Well, probably not. For this, you need to know about their work field in detail and the difference between their work processes. So the next time when you go to an oral clinic in Wimbledon, at least you know whom to meet.


Once in our lives, we see a dentist for our regular oral health screenings such as cleanings, X-rays and dental hygiene tips. They are expert surgeons who are trained and licensed to carry out several oral treatments like root canal, when necessary. Basically, they treat dental issues like cavities, gum diseases, and tooth decay.
For a good oral health, it is always advised to visit a dentist once in six months. You should book an appointment with a private dentist in Wimbledon whenever you feel there is an issue with your teeth and gums.


An orthodontist is a dentist specialised in correcting teeth imperfections like overcrowded, broken, uneven or crooked teeth. It minimises the gap between the teeth using braces. To become an orthodontist, a person should complete a minimum of two years training in the specific field. At times depending on your conditions, your dentist might refer you to an orthodontist to correct serious cases of malocclusion.
Other than the regular teeth imperfections, orthodontists are also capable of treating serious issues like speech impediments, headaches, bone destruction, lockjaw and some more. Being a responsible parent, one should take the child to an orthodontist at or after the age of 7 to ensure proper growth and development of teeth and gums.


The first point of difference lies in that every orthodontist is a qualified dentist, but not every dentist is a qualified orthodontist. Orthodontists hold specific specialisation in correcting misaligned teeth and jaws, where as dentists, help you get healthier and cleaner smile with regular cleanings, screenings and sometimes surgery.
You should book a quick appointment with your dentist when you:

  • Are suspicious of your general oral health
  • Are concerned about gum disease, tooth decay or cavities
  • Want an overall update of your oral health and hygiene

On the contrary, see an orthodontist for your:

  • Crooked and broken teeth
  • Under-bite or over-bite
  • Over-crowded teeth
  • Difficulty to chew and speak

When you have serious orthodontic issues and do not want to undergo the traditional system of metal braces to avoid embarrassment in public, Invisalign is at your rescue. It is a set of clear and comfortable aligners fixed over your teeth, moving them gently to the desired position. For an easy and comfortable teeth straightening experience, undergo the treatment of invisalign in Wimbledon.

Both our dentists and orthodontists at Confidental Dental Clinic are experts in their respective fields. We will help you solve your general and orthodontic problems with ease.