When Should I Go to an Orthodontist vs a Dentist?

by | Mar 4, 2022 | Blog

If you’re experiencing discomfort with your teeth, but don’t know the issue, then it’s best to go to a dentist to provide a diagnosis.

When Should I Go to an Orthodontist?

If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth or jaw relating to misalignment or temporomandibular disorder, you should visit an orthodontist. Generally, a dentist will refer you to an orthodontist, although you’re free to schedule an appointment on your own. This includes issues, such as:

  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

An orthodontist can work to come up with a customized solution that straightens your teeth and does not result in too much discomfort.

While most treatments of TMJ are preventative, your orthodontist may be able to provide consultation to identify any treatment options and causes.

Patients can go to either a dentist or orthodontist for a dental emergency, including broken teeth, jaw pain, or toothache.

Contact our office to learn more or to schedule your appointment today.