Dental specialists, like their medical specialist colleagues, are required to undertake extensive additional education, formal training and examination.
After graduating with a dental degree from an accredited university, an orthodontist requires at least two years general dental experience and to have completed further preliminary examinations before applying for a specialist program. Orthodontists then study for a further three years full time at an accredited university for their specialist training and must pass rigorous examinations to obtain their specialist qualifications. Only after this formal education can one be called an orthodontist.
These days there are a lot of treatment options, from clear aligners to modern fixed braces. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of appliances and while each have their uses, only a specialist has the expertise to identify and plan for all variables. They know what to use and when best to use it for great results. That is why orthodontists are the only true experts in the fields of dentofacial growth and orthopaedics. They have been educated to understand how your teeth, your jaws and your facial muscles all work together and how best to improve function and aesthetics. This is not just our interest, this is our specialty and that is why we limit our practice to orthodontics.
The Australian Government certifies all health care professionals. Orthodontists will be registered as both a dentist and a dental specialist. General dentists as well as specialists may offer you orthodontic treatment. You can check any Australian practitioner's registration by visiting