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Is an Orthodontist the Same as a Dentist?

July 11, 2022
Posted By: Jerger Pediatric Dentistry

Both orthodontists and dentists help patients improve their oral health, but in very different ways. Dr. Bret Jerger is a pediatric dentist who provides general dentistry and orthodontics in Decatur, IL. 

What Does an Orthodontist Do?

An orthodontist focuses on correcting bites, straightness of teeth, and occlusion. Not every child may need orthodontic treatment. If they do, Dr. Jerger can help! Your Decatur, IL dentist and our team aim to provide your family with the highest quality dentistry and orthodontic care in one convenient location. 

What Are My Child’s Options?

Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Bret to determine what your child needs. During the visit, he will evaluate your child’s oral health and development and create a personalized treatment plan to meet their needs. 

At Jerger Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a few different options for orthodontics, such as:

Traditional Orthodontics 

Traditional orthodontics helps correct more complex bite and alignment issues, including overbites, underbites, cross bites, overlapping teeth, open bites, and gaps. 

Invisalign Teen 

Invisalign Teen uses clear aligner trays that are more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Invisalign Teen fits over the teeth, is removable, and must be worn 20 to 22 hours each day until treatment is complete. 


Spacers can prepare your child’s mouth for orthodontics by creating more space between teeth. Spacers allow for better placement of braces, and they look like small rubber bands that we place between the teeth. 

Palatal Expanders

A palatal expander can help with overcrowding or bite issues. It’s temporary and helps create more room in your child’s mouth and jaw, so their teeth fit better together. Once there’s enough space, we can place braces on the teeth. 

Contact Us About Pediatric Orthodontics in Decatur, IL 

Does your child have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite? Dr. Bret at Jerger Pediatric Dentistry is here to help! Dr. Bret and our team have years of experience treating the oral health needs of children. We are honored that countless families depend on us to care for their little ones’ growing smiles, and we are always pleased to welcome new and familiar faces to our dental office.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today to schedule your child’s orthodontic appointment with Dr. Bret.

We look forward to caring for your child’s smile! 


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