An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who is registered as specialist in the field orthodontics and restricts their practice only to orthodontics. In Australia, an orthodontist must have:
- Completed a five year, full time Bachelors degree in Dentistry.
- Completed a minimum of two years full time general practice as a dentist.
- Complete a three year, full time Masters or Clinical Doctorate degree in Orthodontics
- Be registered as a Specialist Orthodontist by a State Dental Board.
An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have in the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
It is important to differentiate between a specialist orthodontist and a dentist who provides orthodontic services. A dentist who provides orthodontic services is not an Orthodontist and has not completed a three year full time Masters or Clinical Doctorate degree in orthodontics and is not able to be registered as a specialist in orthodontics.