When to visit an orthodontist instead of a dentist

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The rise in orthodontic demand coupled with rapid advancements in technology has encouraged many general dentists, outside the specialised field of orthodontics, to offer orthodontic treatments.

While a general dentist can provide orthodontic solutions to help correct minor orthodontic issues, only a trained orthodontic specialist is equipped to provide an accurate and comprehensive orthodontic assessment and treatment plan.

An orthodontic solution provided by your dentist, something like Invisalign, is an enticing option. On the surface, it looks cheaper, and may offer a guarantee of shorter treatment time when compared with traditional metal braces.

There is absolutely no denying the effectiveness of Invisalign and the range of the other orthodontic treatments offered by dental professionals. But the effectiveness of any orthodontic treatment will come down to its suitability in correcting your particular orthodontic concerns.

An orthodontist is the only dental specialist qualified to make this call.

Although a dentist is a highly-trained professional in all areas of general dentistry, repairing damaged teeth, caring for damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth, they are not equipped to provide comprehensive orthodontic assessment or treatment.

The following information is provided by the Australian Society of Orthodontist’s:

“For orthodontic care, the ASO does not recommend that you risk seeing someone who is not a specialist orthodontist. There are many general dentists offering: what initially appears to be “cheap” treatment; alternative one-size-fits-all solutions; treatments to supposedly avoid braces; or offering quick, rapid or fast treatments. Many of the courses that general dentists do to learn more about orthodontics are for a day or two.”

We’ve created a diagram (from ASO industry information) for patients to identify key differences between dentists and orthodontists. Click the diagram below to view it in full-size.

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If you are considering treatment to correct a  misaligned bite or straighten your smile, it’s strongly recommended you seek the services of a qualified orthodontist. For minor corrections, your orthodontist may recommend Invisalign, or a treatment similar to what a dentist might provide, often at no extra cost.

For more complex cases, there are a number of discreet orthodontic options now available that provide all the mechanical and physical benefits offered by traditional metal braces.

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