You have crooked teeth, should you see an orthodontist or a dentist? You need a filling. Should you see an orthodontist or a dentist? Your child sucks his thumb. Should you take them to see an orthodontist or a dentist?
For many people, regular visits to the dentist are part of their overall healthcare, but very few people have stepped into an orthodontic clinic. At Peel Orthodontics, we are the first experience many of our patients have had with orthodontic treatment, so we often start by explaining the difference between us and their family dentist.
The table below outlines the key differences between orthodontists and dentists and the role they play in your oral care.
|Qualifications & Memberships|
|Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)|
|Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)|
|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
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