What is an orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They provide a wide range of treatment options to straighten crooked teeth, fix bad bites and align the jaws correctly.

Orthodontists complete a five-year degree in dentistry, and then continue stufying for a further three years in the field of orthodontics.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Othodontists and dentists should both play a part in your overall oral health, however their roles are very different.

Dentists cover a broad range of oral health issues, and complete procedures such as fillings and teeth whitening. An orthodontist, on the other hand, is a dental specialist that focuses on straightening teeth and aligning jaws.

You do not need a referral from a dentist before visiting an orthodontist, although your dentist may recommend visiting the orthodontist if they notice any orthodontic abnormalities.

Do I need to get a referral from a dentist, before seeing an orthodontist?

You do not need to get a referral from a dentist before you see an orthodontist.

If you notice any orthodontic problems in your own teeth or jaw, or in your childs, you can book an appointment without visiting a dentist first.