Why see an orthodontist?

We all know it’s important to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, but when - and why - should you see an orthodontist?

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a trained dentist who has embarked on further postgraduate study to specialise in the field of orthodontics. In Australia, a Specialist Orthodontist must have the following credentials in place:

  • Completed a university degree in dentistry (5 years or equivalent)
  • Practiced as a dentist for a minimum of two years
  • Completed an additional three-year, full-time specialisation degree in orthodontics
  • Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
What is an orthodontist?

What’s the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Doctor of Dental Surgery (4 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
Member 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
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 who are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.

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at Coombe Orthodontics

Whether you’re seeking orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, it is always best to see a qualified Specialist Orthodontist like Dr Angela Coombe. Why not book a free initial consultation with our team to find out what we can do for your smile?

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