Orthodontists vs Dentists

For fabulously clean, healthy teeth you need an effective oral hygiene routine and that includes seeing your family dentist regularly. At each appointment, your dentist will check the state of your teeth and gums, provide advice on care and respond to any issues, potential or otherwise, such as a cavity. 

So what part does an orthodontist play in the care of your teeth? This helpful guide explains the difference between these two dental professionals.

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before and afters

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
Membership of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. American Board Certified Orthodontist
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

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