What is an Orthodontist?
Specialist orthodontists are trained in both traditional and invisible orthodontic techniques. By combining the technology with a thorough analysis of your facial profile, they can give you the smile you've always wanted.
Orthodontist vs. dentist: what is the difference?
All dentists and orthodontists must complete a five-year Bachelor of Dentistry degree. The difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is that an orthodontist has gone on to pursue further specialist training in orthodontics. This requires two to three more years of study towards a Masters in Orthodontics.
What do orthodontists do?
Orthodontists are primarily focused on ensuring your teeth and jaw align with your overall facial structure. They use orthodontic technology and equipment, such as braces, to bring your teeth and jaw into alignment if you suffer from problems such as crowding, spacing or bite issues. This realignment can really only be done if your teeth and gums are in good health. That is why it is still important to visit your dentist regularly as he or she will look for signs of cavities and decay and work with you to maintain the overall health of your teeth.
When should I see an orthodontist?
If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth or jaws or would like to improve your smile and overall appearance, book a consultation with an orthodontist. They will be able to discuss your treatment options with you once they understand what it is you would like to achieve.