Why go to an Orthodontist?

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics was the first specialty created in the field of dentistry and focuses on straightening your teeth making it easier to clean them, enhancing your smile, as well as correcting your bite for improved function. Studies have shown this results in improved self-confidence.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist will qualifies and works as a dentist and then returns to university for an additional three years of full-time training in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of teeth and jaw alignment issues.

They are then registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and most are also members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists.

Your dentist takes care of your teeth and your overall oral health.

It is very important that you maintain your regular visits to your dentist during your orthodontic treatment. While some dentists do offer orthodontic treatment they have not had the intensive training and experience that an orthodontist has. If you have crooked teeth and/or jaws, orthodontists are the most qualified to achieve the best smile possible for you. Orthodontists only treat orthodontic problems – it’s all we do!

Clear Choice Orthodontist will check your teeth, jaws and face and develop a treatment plan with you to deliver the best smile possible.

Orthodontists are the experts in treating orthodontic problems.  We treat thousands of patients, often many just like your own, and know how to achieve the best result. If you or your family need orthodontic treatment with braces, plates, Invisalign™, or other options seek out a Clear Choice Orthodontist – the Choice is Clear!

You don’t need a referral to see an orthodontist but you can ask your dentist for one if you desire.

See the below table for a comparison between an Orthodontist and a Dentist.

What is an Orthodontist?

  • Undertaken University training as a dentist
  • Undertaken an additional 3 years of full-time University training in orthodontics
  • Registered as a specialist in orthodontics with AHPRA
  • Specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of aligning your teeth

What is a Dentist?

  • Undertaken University training as a dentist
  • Takes care of your fillings, extractions and regular dental exams
  • Offers cosmetic dentistry such as veneers and crowns

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