Do I need an orthodontist or a dentist?
Orthodontists specialise in the correct alignment of teeth and total facial structure. Your dentist might refer you to an orthodontist if you need specialist treatment. This checklist will give you an idea of who does what.
|5 year university General Dental Training|
|30 months+ university Specialist Training in Orthodontics|
|Specialises in the diagnoses and treatment of jaw and tooth alignment issues using braces and other techniques|
|Addresses bite problems by helping teeth move|
|Specialist dental and facial growth and development to facilitate the orthodontic management of growing children|
|Replaces, extracts or restores teeth and does crowns, fillings, bridges and implant work|
|Does cosmetic dentistry and veneers|
|Does check-ups and monitors your dental health|
If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you must keep up with your six-monthly treatments with your dentist.