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Dentist vs. Orthodontist

Published on January 16, 2019

Do you know the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Choosing the right orthodontist is an important part of the decision. Because treatment typically lasts one to three years, it is essential to choose a practice that you trust, are comfortable in, and that will offer the highest quality service on all aspects.

Our locations in Fairwood and Mercer Island, allow us to serve our communities with the highest level of Orthodontic care. From braces to Invisalign, our goal is to ensure your smile is an excellent, healthy smile.

So what is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Orthodontists are specialists in moving teeth and aligning jaws. A question people often ask is, “can my dentist give me braces?” The answer is NO! While all orthodontist are dentist, only a small percentage of dentists are orthodontists. Both provide professional care that helps patients have good oral health, and both are dental school graduates.



Dentists, treat decayed teeth and remove failed teeth. Dentists look for abnormalities in the mouth and teach patients how to prevent dental disease.

Orthodontists, such as Dr. Mario Chorak in Mercer Island and Fairwood, are uniquely qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of orthodontic problems. The benefits of having an orthodontist work on your smile goes beyond just having a beautiful smile. Well-aligned teeth make it possible to bite, chew and speak effectively.

We appreciate your trust and allowing us the opportunity to meet your orthodontic needs. We truly love to see our patients smile. It is our mission to create an excellent quality smile for each person that we see. Schedule a complimentary consultation.
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