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Orthodontist vs dentist: what’s the difference?

Have you decided now’s the time you’d like to straighten your teeth and achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of? Then you’ve come to the right place. Because at Evolve Orthodontics, our specialist team of orthodontists do exactly that.

But you may be wondering, surely your dentist can too? So why would you need to come and see our team?

Understanding the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist is important for the success of your treatment. After all, you want to me in the best hands. So, read on, because we’ve explained why it’s important you see both an orthodontist and your dentist if you want beautiful, healthy straight teeth!

What is orthodontics?

Firstly, it’s important to understand what orthodontics is. Orthodontics is a specialised area of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment in the alignment of teeth, jaws, and facial structure. Orthodontists look at more than just the health of your teeth; they look at your overall facial profile and try to achieve that alignment of your teeth and jaws for optimal oral health.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist clearly works in the field of orthodontics, but what exactly do they do? Well, they set out to correct any problems you have with your teeth, whether it be crooked teeth, large spaces or gaps between your teeth, canine teeth protruding through your gums or missing teeth.

They are also qualified to correct any problems associated with your bite, known as a malocclusion. This may be an over or under bite where your top or bottom teeth protrude out causing your jaws to be in misalignment.

An orthodontist has a good understanding of the makeup of your teeth and will be able to assess what condition your teeth are in because they have started out their career in dentistry. However, an orthodontist has gone beyond checking teeth and repairing cavities and works primarily with orthodontic appliances to achieve straight teeth, jaw alignment and overall facial profile.

An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent, and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

Discover the difference

This table gives an overview of the distinct differences between an orthodontist and a dentist and the role each professional plays in straightening your teeth and achieving that beautiful smile you’re dreaming of.

Orthodontist Dentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)
General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
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.

Source: The Invisible Orthodontist

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Meet Dr. John Brabant

Meet Dr. John Brabant

Our specialist orthodontist, Dr. John Brabant, has decades of experience and is a preferred Invisalign provider committed to providing expert patient care.