Here at Orthodontic Excellence, we are focused on giving our patients the very best orthodontic treatment. What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist you might ask? A lot, we say.
What does an orthodontist do?
An orthodontist is a trained dentist who has then undertaken further postgraduate study and exams, usually over a minimum of a further 7 years, to become recognised by the General Dental Council as a Registered Specialist in Orthodontics (an orthodontist for short). For many orthodontists, it is the challenge of straightening a person’s teeth and moving their jaws into alignment which interests them.
The table below identifies some key differences between orthodontists and dentists:
|Qualifications & Memberships|
|Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)|
|Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)|
|Member of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. British Orthodontic Society|
|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 who are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.|
Source: The Invisible Orthodontist