ORTHODONTISTS VS DENTISTS
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 should come to us for treatment 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.
|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. British 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
Digital Dentistry and Smile Visual Consultation for Adults
Your smile is often the first thing others will notice about you, so it is important that you are
totally happy and confident with how it looks. At Belur Orthodontics, we offer a unique full
face assessment when helping you to design your new smile, as a beautiful smile is made up
of so much more than just teeth. The exclusive Belur Orthodontics collaboration between a
world expert in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics is truly groundbreaking, and ensures
that you will receive the very best results possible using multiple techniques and treatments.
Dr Belur, delivers advanced levels of patient care, including in-depth smile transformation
plans with digital renderings of results before any treatment is undertaken, upholding our
values of honesty and transparency from the very start.
At Belur Orthodontics, we offer a simple way to evaluate how your new smile will look
before undergoing any orthodontic treatments. Using advanced technological software,
award winning orthodontist Dr Belur and his team can create a digital visualisation of your
smile transformation plan, using your own unique facial structure as a structural guide. This
is incredibly useful for patients unsure about committing to orthodontic work that require
Over the last few years, technology has been growing at an unprecedented rate. However,
this doesn’t just apply to smart phones and virtual assistants! In his illustrious 25-year career,
Dr Belur, founder of Belur Orthodontics, has seen dentistry change dramatically, including the
development of new, innovative treatments, procedures, and techniques, all born from
exciting technological advancement in the field.
Many possess the erroneous view that dentistry hasn’t kept up with the remarkable
advancements we’ve seen in medicine over the last few decades. It is certainly true that many
dentists are slow to adopt newer developments in their practice in favour of the same tried
and tested treatments. However, this isn’t to say that newer dental technologies aren’t
available, and are just as effective as older methods, if not more so.
Dr Belur, has never shields away from implementing the latest, most advanced treatments in
clinic, from serving as one of the first UK pioneers of the now renowned Invisalign® brace
technology to ensuring every treatment we offer here at Belur Orthodontics, provide the very
best results possible for our patients.
While other dental clinics are reluctant to implement digital dentistry, Belur Orthodontics
embraces technological growth. We always seek to offer cutting-edge treatments that offer
the highest levels of safety, efficacy, and reliability. We incorporate digital dentistry into
much of what we do. This includes using advanced software to create digital smile plans,
allowing us to create an image of how patients will look post-treatment before agreeing to
any procedures and scanners for a more in-depth view of the mouth, leading to more
effective, accurate treatments.
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