What is orthodontics?

If you regularly visit the dentist and have a good oral hygiene routine, why do you need to see an orthodontist? Well, an orthodontist plays a key role in the health of your teeth because of the specialist knowledge they have about the overall alignment of your teeth and jaws.


Ortho vs dentist

An orthodontist has trained as a dentist but has embarked on further specialist training in the field of orthodontics. This postgraduate training equips an orthodontist to correct a patient’s teeth and jaws to ensure they’re in alignment with their overall facial profile.

For the very best orthodontic results, your teeth should be in optimal health, which is why it’s important to see your dentist regularly. It’s only when you need treatment concerning the alignment of your teeth that you should see a specialist orthodontist.

Orthodontist vs dentist

When should you see an orthodontist?

If you have crowding issues, spaces between your teeth, or your upper or lower teeth protrude, you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Your dentist can refer you to our team at Watford Orthodontics or you can book a consultation with us. We’ll explain the different treatments and appliances we can use to straighten your teeth into perfect alignment and achieve that smile you’ve always wanted.

Orthodontist vs dentist

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
Member of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. Australian Society of Orthodontics
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.

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