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The Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Anthony Lam BDS (Hons), MSc (Lond), MOrth RCS (Edin)

17th April 2023
the difference between a Dentist and Orthodontist

Dentist vs Orthodontist – What’s the difference?

While it can be easy to overlook the differences between a Dentist and an Orthodontist, there are unique qualifications that separate these two types of dental professionals.

Furthermore, they each provide distinct treatments for oral issues depending on the needs of a patient’s particular case.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is an advanced form of dentistry that works towards achieving the perfect balance between oral functionality and aesthetics.

Through the use of innovative technologies such as fixed braces or clear, removable aligners, this specialised field ensures a smile that not just looks great but also functions optimally for better health overall!

How is an Orthodontist different to a dentist?

An Orthodontist is a certified specialist with an extensive academic background. Before they can begin practice, they must first train and qualify as a dentist.

Dentists diagnose, prevent and treat any disease or issue related to the mouth. Keeping up with regular dental check-ups is vital for optimum oral health!

An Orthodontist must then complete three years of postgraduate study at the Masters or Doctorate level. This specialised training means they understand the complex issues associated with realigning a patient’s jaw, bite, and teeth.

Becoming an Orthodontic professional requires prior experience in many different aspects of dental care, such as maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry and paediatric dentistry – making them highly sought-after professionals among patients looking to align their teeth comfortably and effectively!

Specialist training takes place in hospitals linked to university dental schools and it’s a full time commitment. Trainees learn the theory of orthodontics and also gain experience treating members of the public.

At the end of their studies, trainee orthodontists sit the Membership in Orthodontics examination of the Royal College of Surgeons. This qualification, along with a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training allows them to register as a specialist orthodontist with the General Dental Council.

A list of registered specialist orthodontists is available on the General Dental Council’s website.

Can dentists provide orthodontic treatment?

A general dentist may be capable of providing orthodontic treatment after taking part in training for specific treatments such as Inman Aligner, Six-Month Smile and Invisalign and some do so to a very high standard.

However, the level of expertise is not likely to measure up when compared with a Specialist Orthodontist who focuses solely on this field and develops knowledge through vast experience treating all cases from basic straightening needs to complex ones.

Orthodontic Treatment at Orthodontic Gallery

At Orthodontic Gallery, we work with you every step of the way to ensure the best possible results. We will create a tailored treatment plan, follow up on progress and make any necessary adjustments along the way. Plus, our team of experts will be there to answer any questions or concerns you might have during your treatment.

Our experienced team of Specialist Orthodontists provides a comprehensive range of Orthodontic treatments to suit you specific needs.

We understand how important it is for you feel great about your smile, and we’re here to help make that happen!

If you a looking to straighten your smile our treatment coordinators are ready to guide you through the process and answer all of your questions.

From which orthodontic options will work best for you, to how an affordable payment plan can help make that dream-smile a reality. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peek at your potential results with our iTero scanner’s instant results simulation!

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