Orthodontist or dentist
Many people are a little confused about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist and who does what. Here is an easy check list to make it all a lot simpler.
|Five-year dentistry training at university|
|Specialist three-year university training in orthodontics|
|Specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of teeth alignment using the latest technology||Some may offer
|Addresses problems caused by misalignment
- headache, tooth wear etc
|To a limited extent|
|Undertakes ongoing training in orthodontics and orthodontic technology|
|Offers general dentistry such as check-ups, fillings and hygiene|
|Extracts teeth if necessary|
|Offers cosmetic dentistry such as veneers|
You don`t need a referral to go to a dentist or an orthodontist but sometimes your dentist may give you a referral if he/she thinks you need specialist orthodontic treatment. Similarly, an orthodontist may refer you to a dentist if you need general dental work such as a filling or tooth extraction.