If you’re wondering what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist, you’re not alone. It’s a common question we get asked.
Both an orthodontist and a dentist have important roles to play in your dental care. Find out what they are.
A dentist carries out general dentistry treatment such as check-ups, fillings, and extractions. Many dentists have an area of special interest, such as cosmetic dentistry or braces.
Dentists are legally able to carry out braces treatment. They often use products such as Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Inman Aligners where the braces are made for them and the movements programmed by a lab technician. This can produce good results but it means that if anything doesn’t go to plan, the dentist doesn’t always have the skills and knowledge to be able to correct that.
An orthodontist has first qualified as a dentist, but then embarks on an extra three years of postgraduate training for a Master in Orthodontics (MOrth). Once qualified, most orthodontists choose not to practice any general dentistry and concentrate solely on straightening teeth. This specialist training allows orthodontists to carry out much more complex and comprehensive treatments and offer a wider range of brace options.
At Braces Specialist, our specialist orthodontist, Dr Mariam Noorani, has the skills to plan and adapt your treatment to your needs and requirements. She is also a consultant, which means she has an additional 2 years of training in complex cases.
The advantages of choosing a specialist orthodontist
You can be assured of their experience as they are required to carry out many cases as part of their training.
You can choose the right type of brace to suit you, as orthodontists offer a wider range of appliances and are not limited to one system.
They can correct issues with your bite, such as a crossbite, overbite or overjet, ensuring your bite is comfortable and functional at the end of treatment.
They can mix and match braces to get the best result possible.
Value for money - the cost of braces is very similar with a general dentist or a specialist orthodontist, so it makes sense to get the best expertise for your money.