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.