About Orthodontics

What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics.

In Australia an orthodontist must:
  • Complete a 5 year full time Bachelor degree in Dentistry (University course).
  • Complete a 3 year full time Masters degree in Orthodontics (University course).
  • Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaws.

Orthodontists do not provide general dental work.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is that branch of dentistry which specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws.

The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which literally means bad bite.

Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances (such as braces, plates, headgears and functional appliances) to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.

*Information sourced from Australian Society of Orthodontists website - www.aso.org.au
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