Who should I see?

Wondering what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist and who you should see for treatment?

Take a look at this comparison table. As you can see, both dentists and orthodontists are well qualified to look after your teeth, but they do play very different roles.

 OrthodontistDentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)  
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.  

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