ONLY AN ORTHODONTIST IS AN ORTHODONTIST
Only Specialist Orthodontists have the practical experience and clinical judgment, combined with specialised training and artistic skill to provide the best possible orthodontic care.
Getting braces or clear aligners like Invisalign is an important decision that will affect your dental health for a lifetime. The orthodontic treatment you receive will also affect your smile, speech, eating and jaw joints forever.
It is vital that you visit your dentist for your regular dental check-ups. But if you have crooked teeth, please call us to find out more about why you need a specialist orthodontist to straighten them.
Orthodontists are accredited by the Australian Society of Orthodontists to ensure the needs of the public are a priority and to ensure a climate of continuous improvement in this highly specialised field.
- All Orthodontists are Dentists but less than 10% of Dentists are Orthodontists
- Orthodontists don’t do general dentistry (check-ups, fillings, cleaning etc)
- All Orthodontists and general Dentists complete around 8,000 hours of dental training to get their dental degrees and learn the basics of dentistry
- Specialist Orthodontists spend an extra 4,000 – 6,000 hours in an accredited residency program to learn the basics of orthodontics
Orthodontists specialise in:
• Smile and facial aesthetics
• Facial growth and development
• Jaw function
• Alignment of teeth and jaws
• Tooth movement
• Straightening teeth
General Dentists specialise in:
• Routine dental work
• Simple extractions, crowns, bridges
• Dentures and tooth whitening
• Preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental work
TOP TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN DECIDING WHO SHOULD STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH:
- What percentage of your practice is dedicated to orthodontics?
- How many orthodontic cases have you treated?
- Can you show me before and after photos of your work?
- Can you offer me all available treatment options?
- Did you graduate from a full-time accredited orthodontic residency program?
- Why did you choose not to attend an accredited orthodontic residency program?
- Why as a Dentist are you offering me orthodontic care and not recommending I see a Specialist Orthodontist?
- Can you provide the same level of care as a Specialist Orthodontist?
- How many hours of specialist training in orthodontics have you undertaken?
- What continuing education do you undertake in Specialist Orthodontics?