Meet Your San Angelo Orthodontist

Dr. Farnsworth

Dr. David Farnsworth

Dr. Brimhall

Dr. Jae Brimhall

Orthodontists vs. Dentists: What's the Difference?

Although orthodontists and dentists share a similar background, their professions are quite distinct. Every orthodontist begins by training as a dentist, but while dentists complete dental school to become licensed, orthodontists pursue additional education to obtain a certification that distinguishes them as specialists in orthodontics. This extended training focuses exclusively on the science of moving teeth, including how to diagnose, plan, and execute the best treatment plan for each patient's unique case.

Why Seeing an Orthodontist Matters

If you're looking to achieve a beautiful, confident smile that will last a lifetime, visiting an orthodontist can be a game changer. With their specialized training, orthodontists have the expertise to diagnose and treat even the most complex orthodontic issues. While dentists receive basic orthodontic training, they are not equipped to handle every case, and may only be able to perform certain procedures, like root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, or early childhood care.

Seeing your San Angelo orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:

More Treatment Options: Orthodontists have the knowledge and experience to offer a range of treatment options beyond traditional braces, including clear aligners and other orthodontic appliances.

Efficient Treatment and Visits: Since orthodontic care is their primary focus, orthodontists are able to provide more efficient treatment and office visits, ensuring that you get the care you need without sacrificing quality.

Better Treatment Outcomes: With specialized training and years of experience, orthodontists are able to offer the best possible outcome for each patient's unique treatment plan, especially for those with severe bite problems that need to be addressed.

Personalized Experience: Orthodontists have seen and treated a variety of cases, and can draw upon that experience to develop a personalized treatment plan that will work best for you.

Faster Appointments: As opposed to general dentists, who may have to divide their time between different types of procedures and patients, orthodontists are able to focus on providing care for orthodontic cases, which means you'll be seen more quickly.

You may think that it's easier to have your dentist perform your orthodontic work, but convenience shouldn't be a concern. In reality, you will only need to visit your San Angelo orthodontist's office every six to eight weeks for routine checkups and adjustments.

Don't let the cost of orthodontic treatment deter you either. Farnsworth Family Orthodontics is proud to offer affordable treatment options in the San Angelo area. So why wait? Schedule a free consultation with our team today and discover how we can help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.