Orthodontic Fact #3 Here’s a fun fact: All orthodontists are dentists, but only 5 percent of dentists are orthodontists. Confusing, isn’t it?


If you’ve never previously considered orthodontic work, you might be confused when the time comes to visit an orthodontist. Why can’t you just get the same thing done at the dentist? Can’t they take care of all your needs concerning your teeth? Here’s a fun fact: all orthodontists are dentists, but only 5% of dentists are orthodontists. How does that work? Well…

Regular Dentists:

  • Clean your teeth
  • Repair cavities
  • Diagnose, but do not treat, potential orthodontic problems
  • Make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy


  • Diagnose and treat orthodontic problems
  • Put on your braces and adjust them as needed to help improve your smile
  • Help you care for your braces
  • Care for problems with your bite or the positioning of your teeth

What Happens at the Orthodontist?

Everyone in the orthodontic office has the same knowledge your dentist does. More importantly, however, they will be able to correct problems with your bite or the appearance of your teeth, especially those that will lead to long-term problems. An orthodontist is less concerned with your brushing habits (though there will be plenty of discussions about how to adjust those whether you have traditional braces or use the invisalign system to help minimize the appearance of your orthodontic work) and more concerned with the way the shape and positioning of your teeth will affect your overall health, happiness, and appearance.

If you need to correct your bite or the appearance of your teeth, consider the invisalign system! It will allow you to make the changes you need without sacrificing your appearance throughout the duration of your treatment. Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to learn more about how you can get the treatment you need for your smile.