Orthodontist / Dentist? What’s the difference

Some people assume that there isn’t much difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. But, did you know? Not only do they provide different treatments, but they also have vastly different qualifications.

So, what is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist who focuses on the development of the face, teeth and jaws to reach the best possible function and aesthetics. This is usually achieved through the use of fixed braces or clear removable aligners like Invisalign Clear Braces.

Orthodontists are dental specialist who have completed three educational phases; a five year full time Bachelor of Dental Science to become a Dental surgeon, a minimum of two years practice as a Dentist and then a further three additional years of full time graduate training under the training of experienced Orthodontists at an accredited university.

It is important to understand that a General Dentist does not have the experience or the training in Orthodontics.

A qualified orthodontist will only provide orthodontic treatment, quickly developing their skills and treating a wide range of cases, from the mild to the highly complex.

Orthodontists have done years of extra study to become experts in orthodontics and your Orthodontist will work closely with your Dentists to look after your teeth in the same way a Cardiologist works with your doctor to treat a heart condition.

If you would like to learn more about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, or if you would like to find out if orthodontic treatment could be for you, come on in and talk to Dr Craig Scott and the friendly team at Fresh Smiles in Belmont and Newtown, Geelong.