Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. All orthodontists are dentists by training, and have worked as dentists for several years. To become an orthodontist however, you need to return to University for a further three years of full time specialist training solely in the field of orthodontics. This training involves comprehensively treating many patients with all sorts of orthodontic problems. It also includes a significant amount of time learning about the very complex area of the growth and development of the human face, jaws and teeth. It also includes developing an understanding of the complex mechanics involved in moving teeth with orthodontic appliances.
Orthodontists only undertake orthodontic care. It’s all we do, and we do it well. We work in close co-operation with your general dentist, and it’s important to continue to see them during your orthodontic treatment. Your general dentist will not only monitor for any dental decay, but also for gum inflammation or bone loss around your teeth. They can also undertake any fillings, extractions or tooth build ups that may be needed, and keep an eye on the general health of your mouth.