Why go to an Orthodontist?

What does an orthodontist do?

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 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

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

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great for checkups and regular visits

monitor and treat gum disease and tooth decay

encourage good oral hygiene

sure you’ve already got a great Dentist so why go to an Orthodontist?


all Orthodontists are qualified dentists

they then study for an additional 3 years

including 5,000 hours of practical training

specialists in correcting misaligned teeth and jaws

trust your Orthodontist to give you your best smile

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Teeth Straightening - Clear Metal Braces

Traditional braces

This is what most people have in mind when they think about braces. But there’s more than one style available. Clear or tooth-coloured brackets make the braces much less noticeable. Or you can opt for maximum visibility and choose from a wide colour palette to express your true personality.


The gold standard in invisible alignment treatment. The Invisalign system consists of a graduated series of clear plastic aligners that can be removed when you eat or for special occasions. You need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day to be effective, but if you want a beautiful smile without a hint of braces, Invisalign is for you.

Invisible Braces

Also called Lingual Braces. These work just like traditional braces worn on the front of the teeth, only they’re worn on the inside of your teeth , making them almost completely invisible. Only your close friends and family will know you’re having your smile adjusted.