What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

Did you know all orthodontists were once dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists?

But what is the different? The difference between a general dentist and an orthodontist is more important than many patients realise. It takes an additional 3 years of specialist study and 5,000 hours of practical training to become a specialist in orthodontics.

Dr Theresia Sudjalim the owner of South Yarra Orthodontics completed a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree specialising in Orthodontics from the University of Melbourne in 2007 and was awarded the Dean’s Medal from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Edinburgh for her final examinations.

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So why see an orthodontist over a dentist?

It’s just like when you have a problem with your knee, you’d want to see a knee specialist. So why doesn’t the same apply for your teeth?

An orthodontist is the most qualified dental specialist that is able to diagnose, prevent and treat all concerns related to your teeth and jaws.

Whilst orthodontists and dentists have a lot in common and sometimes work together, the specialism of being able to correctly align your teeth, bite and jaw is what sets them apart. Although dentists do a fantastic job at looking after your overall oral health, you need to be sure you’re being treated by an orthodontist to get the best results.

Each patient will have different orthodontic needs. Your orthodontist will have the expertise to be able to develop a diagnosis and treatment plan to determine the orthodontic work that will be most suitable for you.

Orthodontic treatment at South Yarra Orthodontics

Your specialist Orthodontists at South Yarra Orthodontics have the skills and expertise to correctly diagnose your orthodontic problems, assess and monitor your tooth movements and look after the health of your teeth.

South Yarra Orthodontics offer the latest orthodontic treatment options including Invisalign, metal and ceramic braces and early treatment.

The treatment option best suited for you will be discussed between you and your specialist and will be decided on from your diagnosis and the severity of your alignment issue.

Orthodontics Australia

Every full member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is a registered specialist and as a organisation they are committed constantly educating their members to ensure they are up to date with the latest scientific developments and techniques. When you see a registered ASO orthodontist for your treatment, you will know your teeth are in the best hands.

Dr Theresia Sudjalim is the Chair of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Communications and Information Committee.

With Orthodontics Australia you are now able to check if your dentist is a specialist orthodontist. This allows for patients to see if the person straightening their teeth is the best person to help you gain your desired smile! https://finder.orthodonticsaustralia.org.au/check

 

South Yarra Orthodontics in Melbourne

If you are looking to undergo orthodontic treatment, you can be assured you will receive the highest quality care from the orthodontists at South Yarra Orthodontics in Melbourne. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your treatment options, contact one of our friendly team today!

 

 

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