Orthodontist vs Dentist

Orthodontists vs dentists

Orthodontists vs dentistsOrthodontists vs dentists

When it comes to the care of your teeth, receiving treatment from the appropriate professional is vital. That is why it’s important to know the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses specifically on straightening teeth and ensuring your jaws are correctly aligned. Both are important to ensure your mouth functions properly when eating and chewing.

If your teeth are crooked or your jaws are misaligned this can cause problems such as:

    • digestive issues (if you’re unable to chew your food properly)
    • plaque build up
    • gingivitis (gum disease)
    • cavities

    What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

    An orthodontist is a trained dentist who has embarked on further postgraduate study to specialise in the field of orthodontics. This usually takes two to three years. Orthodontists who are recognised providers of Invisalign will have completed certification in this orthodontic treatment and be qualified to fit you with this appliance.

    Orthodontist Dentist
    Qualifications & Memberships
    Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
    Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
    Member of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. Australian Society of Orthodontics
    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.
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