The Difference between an Orthodontist and a General Dentist who undertakes Orthodontics


In this day and age of extensive online advertising, making the important decision about who should undertake your or your child’s orthodontic treatment can be confusing, if not daunting. A common question that arises from patients is ‘what is the difference between an Orthodontist and a General Dentist who does Orthodontics?’

An Orthodontist (or Specialist in Orthodontics) previously trained and practiced as a general dentist for several years and has since been accepted onto a Specialist Orthodontic training program and has undertaken and completed a minimum of three years of full-time specialist training and passed the necessary examinations. This specialist training is extensive and intensive involving thousands of hours dedicated to the areas of craniofacial growth and development, smile aesthetics, tooth movement, orthodontic case assessment, treatment planning, and treatment execution.

For the best orthodontic outcome, make sure that your orthodontics is undertaken by an actual Orthodontist!