Can I Get Braces From My Dentist

Can I Get Braces From My Dentist?
Posted on 01/11/2017

 certified dentist Ridgefield, WA

Can my general dentist provide me with braces?

The easy answer is “Yes, a general dentist CAN offer a patient this treatment.” If a dentist can align and straighten a patient’s teeth with braces as well as an average orthodontist, then they are qualified to provide orthodontic treatment. Dr. Tyler Pritchard of Pritchard Orthodontics is a dentist that is certified to provide braces in the Ridgefield, WA area.

Not every general dentist will offer a patient orthodontic treatment. 

Most general dentists refer their orthodontic cases to an orthodontist. Dr. Pritchard says that some dentists do root canals and some work with braces. Others refer all of their patients that require root canals or braces to another specialist. If a dentist intends to provide orthodontic treatment at Pritchard Orthodontics, they do need to meet a certain standard of care. Orthodontists receive an extra two-to-three years beyond dental school of specialized training in orthodontics. To be comparable, a general dentist would need more training and a higher level of experience. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), hundreds of orthodontic procedures are carried out by general dentists each year and that restorative care can be much more complex than just orthodontics. 

The facts about getting braces from an orthodontist:

A common misperception is that orthodontists charge more for orthodontic treatment than dentists, but in reality the cost of orthodontics is based on the complexity of treatment. There can be dangers associated with receiving treatment from a general dentist not certified in orthodontics. 

Some dentists pay for membership to societies such as the “International Association of Orthodontics,” where members are not really orthodontists and are not defined by their training but by what they can do.

Get braces in the Ridgefield, WA area with Pritchard Orthodontics!

If you’re looking for a certified dentist near Ridgefield, WA that can give you the healthy, straight smile that you deserve, then consider Dr. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, don't hesitate to contact Pritchard Orthodontics!


Dr. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Hockinson, WA, Amboy, WA, Brush Prairie, WA, Yacolt, WA, Vancouver, or Battle Ground, WA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pritchard contact Pritchard Orthodontics at: 360-667-4111