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?


Orthodontist Dentist
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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