What is the Difference Between Orthodontists & Dentists?

25th October 2017

You might assume that there isn’t much difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. But not only do they provide different treatments, they also have different qualifications.

Dentists train for at least five years. They’re able to examine your dental health, treat problems and give you advice about how best to care for your teeth, mouth and gums, and it’s important to see them regularly. Some dentists complete additional coursework and offer orthodontic services. But more often, if you need treatments or procedures outside the dentist’s scope of expertise, he or she will refer you to another type of dental specialist.

Orthodontists are qualified specialists who have first trained to become a dentist, and then undertaken a further three year postgraduate course at Masters or Doctorate level. Orthodontic training posts are highly sought after and before a dentist can begin their orthodontic training they need to gain experience working in maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry and paediatric dentistry.

Specialist orthodontists focus on the development of the face, teeth and jaws to reach the best possible function and aesthetics. This is usually achieved through the use of fixed braces or clear, removable aligners. They usually dedicate 100% of their time at work to orthodontics rather than standard dentistry, making them experts in this highly skilled field.

Orthodontists have more experience treating a wide range of cases, from mild to the most complex, making them the best people to speak to about changing your smile.

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