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What is an Orthodontist

How are orthodontists different to a dentist?

An orthodontist is an accredited specialist who is an expert in straightening teeth to provide ideal bite and jaw relationships. All orthodontists were once general dentists and have a general dentistry degree.

To become an orthodontist, a general dentist must complete an additional 3 years of full-time training at an accredited university. They then dedicate their career to working only in the field of orthodontics. It is extremely competitive to gain a place in a specialist orthodontic training program. There are only 5 universities in Australia which have accredited specialist orthodontic programs, with each university offering only 3-4 positions each year!

Whilst some general dentists may undergo extra training and provide some simple orthodontic treatment, they do NOT have the same extent of orthodontic training as orthodontists and are therefore not accredited as specialists. A cosmetic dentist is a confusing term that is often used but is NOT a recognised specialty. There are NO additional training requirements to use this term. To be assured that any practitioner you choose is appropriately accredited and a specialist orthodontist, visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on

An orthodontist is a specialist you can trust to provide you with the correct and comprehensive range of options to help you achieve the smile and bite you desire.

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