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Orthodontist or Dentist

Understanding the different (and equally important) roles of dentists and orthodontists can be confusing. Both dentists and Specialist Orthodontists have undergone the same training to become certified dentists. Specialist Orthodontists have then gone on to multiple extra years of schooling to specialise in straightening smiles. Here is a chart to break down the similarities and differences between these two jobs in the field of dentistry.

Orthodontist
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
Addresses problems caused by misalignment - headache, tooth wear etc
Untertakes 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
Dentist
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
Addresses problems caused by misalignment - headache, tooth wear etc
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Untertakes 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 do not need a referral to visit a dentist or an orthodontist, but sometimes your dentist may give you a referral to a Specialist Orthodontist if they think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Similarly, a Specialist Orthodontist may refer you to a dentist if you need general dental work such as a filling or tooth extraction.

At Toowoomba Orthodontists we believe it is extremely important to continue with your regular dental cleaning appointments throughout orthodontic treatment. We are happy to work alongside your dentist to ensure that you have the most beautiful, healthy teeth possible.

Ready to meet with our Specialist Orthodontists?

Book your Initial Orthodontist Appointment or a free Invisalign® assessment with one of our talented Treatment Coordinators to meet the team and see what orthodontic treatment could do for you and your smile.
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Toowoomba Orthodontists
301 Margaret Street
Toowoomba
QLD 4350
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107a Fitzroy St
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