Orthodontist vs dentistWhen it comes to looking after your teeth, you want to call the professionals. But, when both dentists and orthodontists fix and straighten teeth, who do you call? 

The table below helps to show the differences between dentists and orthodontists. Both are highly skilled when it comes to the care of your teeth, but each has a distinct role to play. 

If you’re still unsure how a specialist orthodontist can help, just give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have. You can also come in for a free consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists to find out exactly what they can do for your teeth.

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
Membership of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. British Society of Orthodontists
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.

Source: The Invisible Orthodontist

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