Only a dentist that has completed additional specialist training can call themselves an Orthodontist. This specialist training is an additional three years of full-time, post-graduate university training, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
While a dentist focuses on your overall oral health offering a range of treatment which can include some orthodontic treatment, an Orthodontist is a specialist, who limits their practise exclusively to the alignment of teeth and jaws. This means that an Orthodontist is the most qualified and experienced person to ensure that you or your child has a healthy, confident smile!
To check that your treatment provider is a registered, specialist Orthodontist, check the specialist register: