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Why choose an orthodontist over a general dentist? According to the World Dentist Federation, 3.9 billion people worldwide suffer from some oral disease. Such figures showcase the importance of dentists and routine dental checkups. But, not all dental care would need to be a general dentist. As you will see later on, the dentist profession is vast, with different specialties in the field. The next section outlines why you are better off using an orthodontist specialist than a general dentist. But first, the aspects that go into someone calling themselves an orthodontist. What an orthodontist does The American Association of Orthodontists puts an orthodontist in charge of diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. These irregularities may include correcting alignment issues that improve the teeth' physical appearance. Of interest are the tools orthodontists use to achieve the straightening of teeth and aligning of jaws. You can expect them to work with braces, retainers, and other dental hardware. What a general dentist does As the American Dentist Association explains, a general dentist qualifies to provide primary dental care to patients. That puts general dentists in charge of helping resolve and prevent oral problems. Some of the roles a general dentist plays include teeth cleaning, oral checkup, consultation, and X-ray reviews. Also available is the regular help in filling cavities, making denture models, repairing, and removing damaged teeth. This makes general dentists are a jack-

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