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What is an orthodontist?

What is an orthodontist?

Have you been told you need to see an orthodontist? Not sure who that is? An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has embarked on some further two-to-three years of postgraduate study in the specialist field of orthodontics. 

Orthodontists are focused on straightening teeth and correcting misaligned jaws. They achieve this using orthodontic appliances, such as braces and Invisalign aligners. 

Orthodontist vs dentist

The table below outlines the key differences between an orthodontist and a dentist.

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
General Dental Council (GDC) Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
Membership 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 that are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.

Source: The Invisible Orthodontist

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