We are often asked by patients what is an orthodontist, what do they do and most commonly what is the difference between orthodontists and dentists? If you’ve ever asked yourself this, we’re here to answer your questions! 

What does an orthodontist do?

The simple answer is that orthodontists are specialists. They are experts in their field, specialising in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities to help correctly align teeth, bites and jaws, including straightening crooked teeth.

Although orthodontists and dentists share many similarities – they both work hard to help you improve your overall oral health – specialisation is what sets an orthodontist apart from a dentist.

Did you know that orthodontists complete an additional three years of full-time training, on top of their general dental degree? Orthodontists are specifically trained and is the most qualified and experienced person to treat issues to do with the alignment of teeth and jaws to ensure you, or your child, ends up with a healthy smile.

Orthodontic treatment not only helps a smile to look aesthetically better, it can provide much needed alignment of the jaw too. Alignment of the teeth and jaws can prevent more-extensive dental treatment later in life. In some patients with severe jaw misalignment, preventive orthodontic might also prevent jaw surgery later in life. 

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth; it can provide the foundation for proper tooth, jaw and lip support. 

How to choose an orthodontist

When it comes to deciding how to choose an orthodontist, it’s good to consider what treatments you need. At Smile Team, we offer a range of different treatments to suit every patient’s needs. 

Your first meeting with us will be to assess what you need, how we can help achieve the results you want and different payment options. We’re here to help! Call us on 1800 smileteam (1800 7 6453 8326) or you can book an appointment with us today.