What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a medical specialist, and as with any medical specialist, it requires a lot of work to specialise in their field. Orthodontists begin by studying to become a dentist, helping them gain a full understanding of the growth and health of teeth. After they have completed the qualification for dentistry, they will study a further 3 years to complete a masters degree in Orthodontics.

Once a Specialist Orthodontist has become qualified, they will start treating their patients, providing them with advice and treatments that will help them get straighter teeth or solve other dental issues such as gum loss, overbites, underbites and more. Often, this is done by attaching metal, ceramic or clear brackets to the teeth, or clear plastic aligners, adjusting them at regular intervals to encourage teeth movement.

As technology has evolved, so have the orthodontic appliances, tools and treatment plans that are available. Your Specialist Orthodontist can now use 3D imaging, hidden lingual braces, removable aligners, virtual visits and more to give you a straighter smile.

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What is the difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

Dentists specialise in the cleaning and repair of teeth, helping to improve and maintain dental hygiene, while an Orthodontist's field of expertise lies in the diagnosis and treatment of malpositioned teeth and misshapen jaws. Orthodontists often use apparatus like braces, aligners, and retainers in order to help shape and form the teeth and jaw to correct their position and keep them in the right place.

If the medical treatment and advise you are seeking involves the movement of your teeth and jaw, then our very own Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Crotty, will be able to assist you. Book in an appointment at one of our clinics to speak with Dr. Crotty and see exactly how he can help you get the results you’re looking for.

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