Why visit an  orthodontist?

Why visit an orthodontist?

Discover the benefits of expert orthodontic care

So you'd like to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, but you're wondering whether you should see an orthodontist or a dentist? The answer is simple. You want to see an expert. 

An orthodontist has a dental degree but has embarked on a further three to four years of specialist study in the field of orthodontics. This means, they are interested in more than just maintaining the overall health of your teeth; they are trained in correcting any misalignment of your teeth and jaws which may be having an adverse effect on your overall well-being. 

To help you understand a little more about the difference between the two dental professionals, take a look at the table below:

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
Membership of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. Australian Society of Orthodontists
Treatments & Services
General 6-month check up
Fillings & extractions
Cleaning & polishing
Advises on overall oral health of teeth and gums
Fitting of orthodontic appliances, such as braces & Invisalign aligners Some general dentists may fit braces and Invisalign but they are not specialists in orthodontics
Experience & training
Is specifically trained in the movement of teeth and bite issues
Recommends and treats patients after assessing overall facial profile
Uses the latest in orthodontic technology for the benefit of patients
Attends regular training on developments in the orthodontic industry
Is a member of The Invisible Orthodontist (TIO) Network Not all orthodontists are members of TIO but those that are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.

Source: The Invisible Orthodontist

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