An orthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the area of orthodontics. It is the only area of dentistry that they do, and so they do it well. It is similar to the way in which a medical doctor may choose to specialise in a specific area, for example cardiology or obstetrics.
To become specialised in the field of orthodontics in Australia, you first must complete a Bachelor degree in dentistry, comprising 5 or more years full time university study. This is followed by a minimum of 2 years practical dental experience as a general dentist before applying to complete a postgraduate degree in Orthodontics. This involves another 3 years of full time study where only orthodontics is learnt.
This level of training and experience is invaluable in achieving amazing results for their patients and confidently choosing the right method of treatment for different types of malocclusions.
As with all medical and dental specialists in Australia, an orthodontist must be registered as a specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).