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Orthodontist vs dentist: what’s the difference?

At Anglia Orthodontics, we often get asked ‘why can’t my dentist fit my braces’? So we’ve put together the following information that explains what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist. 

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in the growth and alignment of teeth and jaws. 

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Both orthodontists and dentists have a Bachelor of Dentistry. An orthodontist will then go on to study a Master’s in Orthodontics.

Which dental professional should I see when?

To ensure you maintain optimal oral health, you should see your dentist every six months (or as your dentist recommends). For orthodontic problems which need correcting with appliances such as braces or Invisalign aligners, you need to see an orthodontist. Your dentist can refer you to an orthodontist or you can make an appointment yourself.

 

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