How can I find an orthodontist?
You do not need a referral to visit an orthodontist. You can find and contact an orthodontist yourself – either as a new patient or to seek a second opinion. Simply phone and book an appointment directly!
If you have confidence in your family dentist, they may also recommend you visit a particular orthodontist.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a specialist who has undertaken additional education and training in straightening teeth and choosing the best treatment option specifically for you, or your child. A general dentist receives broad training across all fields of dentistry, however they are not a specialist in moving teeth. Dentists are often the first to recognise you may have an orthodontic problem. By working together, a orthodontist-dentist partnership can achieve the best results for your oral health – and your smile.
Orthodontists – specialise in aligning jaws and straightening teeth and have expert knowledge of new and emerging technologies to create beautiful smiles.
Dentists – clean teeth, fill cavities and check your general oral health.
Orthodontists specialise in creating beautiful smiles.
As part of your dental team, a specialist orthodontist has the ability to align your teeth to help create beautiful smiles – but it is not just about straight teeth.
Orthodontists are the most qualified specialists to plan, create and retain your new smile. Obtaining the best bite is also important when undertaking treatment. Too often patients are led to believe that achieving straight front teeth is what orthodontic treatment is all about. As orthodontists, not only can we create an improved smile but one that is harmonious and balanced with an individual's profile.
Although moving teeth seems like a simple process, it is not. Make sure you entrust your/your child's teeth, bite and smile to the most qualified person – a trained and registered specialist orthodontist.
Who can be an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are dentists who have done an additional full time degree at an accredited university to become registered specialists in orthodontics.
Orthodontists in Australia must:
- Complete an AHPRA registered general dental degree.
- Have the equivalent of at least two years clinical experience as a dentist.
- Complete an accredited three year full-time university degree in orthodontics.
- Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics.