Orthodontists Are Dentists, Too!

By December 21, 2015 July 7th, 2017 Blog, FAQ's



Happy Holidays from Dougherty Orthodontics! Remember Hermey the Elf from the classic Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Hermey is a “misfit” elf who would rather practice dentistry than make toys for a living. Hermey asserts that he is not just an elf—he wants to be a dentist! Likewise, orthodontists are not just orthodontists. They’re dentists, too!

Watch this quick video clip to see Hermey the Elf declare his dream to be a dentist.

Check out MouthHealthy.org for holiday tips for healthy teeth, kids’ activity sheets, and more featuring Hermey the Elf! Want to see the full Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie? You can watch it here on YouTube.

Orthodontists Are Dentists First

Many people do not realize that orthodontists are also dentists. Did you know that all orthodontists are dentists first? After graduating from dental school, orthodontists go on for another two or more years of education at an accredited orthodontic residency program. During this specialized training, orthodontic students learn the skills required to manage tooth movement (orthodontics) and guide facial development (dentofacial orthopedics). Only after this additional education can one be called an orthodontist.

Why Go to an Orthodontist?

Make sure you go to an orthodontist (not just a regular dentist) for braces and orthodontic treatment. Because of orthodontists’ advanced education and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and skills needed to recommend the best treatment plan for your individual needs. For the best and healthiest smile, be sure to select a member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO).

About Dr. Dougherty

Dr. Stefanie Dougherty practiced general dentistry for three years before deciding to pursue her passion for orthodontics. She completed her orthodontic residency at Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Dougherty holds a Master of Science in Dentistry degree and is certified in both Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She is a member of the AAO, the American Dental Association (ADA), and more. Click here to learn more about Dr. Dougherty’s education and memberships.

This Christmas, remember that everyone—even the Abominable Snowman—deserves straight teeth! If you think you or your child may need braces, contact us for a consultation.