What is the difference between a Specialist Orthodontist and a dentist?
Dentists specialise in the cleaning and repair of teeth, while a Specialist Orthodontist's expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of malpositioned teeth and jaws. Specialist Orthodontists all started as regular dentists before undergoing at least 3 years of additional training in their field.
To become a Specialist Orthodontist, a dentist needs to complete a masters degree in Orthodontics to learn how to create customised treatment programmes for straightening smiles and creating facial harmony.
Orthodontists use fixed or removable appliances like braces, aligners and retainers to help shape your smile with the utmost precision.