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What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone two-to-three years of additional postgraduate study in the specialist field of orthodontics. They focus on straightening teeth and correcting misaligned jaws.

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Orthodontics helps to properly align your teeth and jaws with the use of appliances such as braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Orthodontic treatment can improve speech, chewing, facial appearance and general tooth health.

What is an Orthodontist?


vs dentist

To help you understand the difference between a dentist and a Specialist Orthodontist, we have put together a chart of their specific roles.

Orthodontist vs dentist

Qualifications & Memberships Orthodontist Dentist
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 who are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.

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