Should you see a dentist or an orthodontist? Well, it all depends on the kind of treatment you need. Both dentists and orthodontists have a valuable role to play in keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful.
Often, dentists and orthodontists will work together to offer patients holistic treatment. If your family dentist thinks you need orthodontic work, they’ll refer you to a specialist orthodontist. And if you need general dental, cosmetic work, or a tooth extraction to complement orthodontic work, your orthodontist will refer you to a dentist.
the value of a specialist
An orthodontist specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth and jaw alignment issues. If you are experiencing problems in these areas, it pays to see a specialist orthodontist. After all, you wouldn’t visit your GP for specialised eye surgery!
All orthodontists are trained, experienced dentists who have completed additional specialist qualifictions to become an orthodontist. Orthodontists treat their patients in a holistic way, ensuring the most accurate diagnosis and treatment that is best suited to your unique needs. Specialist orthodontists are also much more efficient at achieving amazing results because they see thousands of cases each year. Chances are they’ve seen a handful of cases just like yours and know exactly how to get the best results.
In Australia an orthodontist must:
- Complete a Bachelor degree in Dentistry (a 5-year full-time University course)
- Complete a Masters degree in Orthodontics (a 3-year full-time University course)
- Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
The table below will help you decide who is best placed to help. Remember, you don’t need a referral to visit either a dentist or an orthodontist.