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Having a beautiful, healthy smile often requires both dental and orthodontic specialisation, as well as patient commitment. Nevertheless, orthodontists and dentists each have different roles to play in perfecting your smile.
Here is a helpful table to explain the difference between these two important dental professions.
|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. Australian 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 that are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.|
Source: The Invisible Orthodontist