Difference between a dentist and an orthodontist

Dentists and Orthodontists are not the same

You might assume that there isn’t much difference – however, not only do they provide different treatments, but they also have different qualifications.

Orthodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry that focuses on the development of the face, teeth and jaws to reach the best possible function and aesthetics. This is usually achieved through the use of braces and clear aligners such as invisalign.

So remember, all orthodontists were once dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Becoming an orthodontist takes more than a whirlwind weekend course, in fact, it requires an additional three years’ specialist study and 5,000 hours of practical training – over and above general dentistry – to become a specialist Clear Choice Orthodontist.

What would you do with 3 years?

Check the person straightening your teeth is a Specialist Orthodontist, you’ll be glad you did.

Use the free Orthodontics Australia tool to check that your specialist is indeed an orthodontist


Your smile is a big deal. And when it comes to straightening teeth and aligning jaws, knowing why orthodontists and dentists are different is important.

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Differences between orthodontists and dentists?

When should you see a specialist orthodontist instead of your family dentist? Dr Pantea Makhmalbaf and Dr Chris Theodosi of the Australian Society of Orthodontists explain the difference.

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