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Orthodontist and Dentist

As a team of orthodontic professionals, we know the difference an orthodontist can make to your smile. But many of our patients are confused as to whether they shound come to us for treatement or ask their dentist.

This table helps to explain the differences between orthodontists and dentists. What is important to remember is that both of them play an important role in your oral care.

 OrthodontistDentist
Qualifications & Memberships
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)
Master of Orthodontics (MOrth or MDS)(3 years)
General Dental Council Registered Specialist in Orthodontics
Member of professional orthodontics bodies, eg. British Society od 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 alignersSome general dentists may fit braces and Invisalign GO for cosmetic treatments but they are not specialists in orthodontics, who consider both functional and cosmetic aspects for treatments.
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) NetworkNot all orthodontists are members of TIO but those that are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.
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