How do I know my dentist is a specialist orthodontist?

We’re often asked what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist offering orthodontic treatment. Here is an excerpt of an article by the peak body for Orthodontists and orthodontic knowledge across Australia – The Australian Society of Orthodontists – about this very topic.

When it comes to achieving the perfect smile, you want to make sure you’re in good hands. While dentists and orthodontists have a lot in common, specialisation is what sets an orthodontist apart.


Think of it like the difference between your family GP and a specialist physician such as a cardiologist or a paediatrician. Your family’s general dentist will be able to help you to improve your overall oral health, but a specialist orthodontist is the only properly qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat dental or facial irregularities, and correctly align your teeth, bite and jaws.

The full article can be found here, which also includes information more information and ways which you can your closest specialist Orthodontist.