What is an orthodontist?
Most patients are familiar with a dentist, but not everyone knows or understands what an orthodontist does. At Northside Orthodontics, we have two specialist orthodontists, Dr Roger Hammond and Dr Stephen Moate. Both doctors started their careers in dentistry after completing an undergraduate degree in the field. After several years of working in dental practices, both Dr Hammond and Dr Moate decided to pursue careers in orthodontics. This required a further two-to-three years of postgraduate training in the specialist field of orthodontics.
What is orthodontics?
The specialist field of orthodontics is an arm of dentistry that focuses on facial profile and the correct alignment of your teeth and jaws. It is more than just keeping your teeth healthy with cleaning techniques and fillings when needed. Orthodontics helps people whose teeth are misaligned or require some kind of correction – those with an improper bite, or malocclusion.The result of orthodontics is a straight smile and well aligned jaws.
Orthodontist vs dentist
Orthodontists and dentists both have a role to play in your dental health but do you know who does what?
|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
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