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Orthodontists vs dentists

If you’re unhappy with your smile, it’s time to call in the professionals. But, who do you call?

While Specialist Orthodontists have gone through the same dental training as dentists, orthodontists and dentists don’t practice the same things. A Specialist Orthodontist has gone on to complete 2-3 years of additional specialised training to learn how to straighten your smile.

Both dentists and orthodontists are skilled at taking care of your teeth, but this chart helps break down their distinct roles:

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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