What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a specialist who has undertaken additional education and training in straightening teeth and choosing the best treatment option specifically for you, or your child. A general dentist receives broad training across all fields of dentistry, however they are not a specialist in moving teeth. Dentists are often the first to recognise you may have an orthodontic problem. By working together, a orthodontist-dentist partnership can achieve the best results for your oral health - and your smile.
Orthodontists - Specialise in aligning jaws and straightening teeth and have expert knowledge of new and emerging technologies to create beautiful smiles.
Dentists - Clean teeth, fill cavities and check your general oral health.
Who can be an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are dentists who have done an additional full time degree at an accredited university to become registered specialists in orthodontics.
Orthodontists in Australia must:
> Complete an AHPRA registered general dental degree.
> Have the equivalent of at least two years clinical experience as a dentist
> Complete an accredited three year full-time university degree in orthodontics.
> Be registered as a specialist in orthodontics.