The difference between dentists & orthodontists

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that focuses on the development of the face, teeth and jaws to attain the best possible function and aesthetics. This is often achieved through the use of orthodontic appliances such as fixed braces or clear, removable aligners.

It’s always best to see a specialist

Some general dentists provide orthodontic treatment; however, they are unlikely to have the same level of experience as an orthodontist, who has had significantly more training and only carries out orthodontics. An orthodontist is a qualified specialist, who has first trained to become a dentist, and then gone on to complete a full-time three-year course to qualify as a specialist orthodontist.

Orthodontic training posts are highly sought after and before a dentist can begin their training they need to gain experience working in maxillofacial surgery, restorative and paediatric dentistry.