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Who needs to see an orthodontist?

Seeing a specialist matters

If you’re a little unsure about what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist, you’re not alone. A survey by The Invisible Orthodontist network found 30% of people didn’t know the difference. What’s more, 44% of people surveyed were not aware that a specialist orthodontist could straighten teeth in a number of different ways.

What does an orthodontist do?

As an orthodontic clinic, our team of professionals, headed up by specialist orthodontist Dr Graham Gardner, is focused on ensuring your teeth and jaw align in the best possible way for two key reasons:

  1. To make sure you have optimum oral health
  2. To give you the best possible smile you can have

If you have significant gaps between your teeth or suffer from crowding issues, have an underbite, overbite or crossbite, then you can benefit from orthodontic treatment. All of these issues directly impact on your oral and overall health but through effective orthodontic techniques and appliances we can resolve these.

Can a dentist fix these problems?

The key difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is that a dentist is concerned about helping you maintain your oral hygiene. This includes regular checkups for cavities, providing advice on caring for your teeth, and monitoring any change in the health of your teeth.

An orthodontist, on the other hand, focuses on resolving orthodontic issues through the use of appliances such as braces or Invisalign aligners. Once these issues have been resolved, your dentist will help you to maintain this standard.

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

If your dentist thinks you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, they are likely to refer you but you can also embark on orthodontic treatment without a referral. Book your free consultation with us today and we can discuss your orthodontic treatment options with you.

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