What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses specifically on straightening teeth and ensuring your jaw is correctly aligned. Both are important to ensure your mouth functions properly when eating and chewing. Crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw can cause digestive problems, especially if you can’t chew your food properly. Poor alignment can also cause oral hygiene issues, such as gingivitis (gum disease) if you can’t clean your teeth properly.
Our Specialist Orthodontist Doctor Baker graduated from Melbourne University where he spent 5 years earning his Bachelor of Dental Surgery and an additional 3 years studying Orthodontics. He is also the secretary of the Australian Society of Orthodontists in Victoria.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
An orthodontist is a trained dentist who has embarked on further postgraduate study to specialise in orthodontics. This usually takes three years. Orthodontists who are recognised providers of the transformative Invisalign treatment will have completed certification in this orthodontic treatment and are qualified to fit you with the Invisalign clear aligners.
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|Qualifications & Memberships|
|Bachelor of Dental Surgery (5 years)|
|Master of Orthodontics (MOrth) (3 years)|
|Member of professional orthodontic bodies, eg. Australian Society of Orthodontics|
|Treatments & Services|
|General 6-month check up|
|Fillings & extractions|
|Cleaning & polishing|
|Advises on overall oral health of teeth and gums|
|Fitting of orthodontic appliances, such as braces & Invisalign aligners||Some general dentists may fit braces and Invisalign but they are not specialists in orthodontics|
|Experience & training|
|Is specifically trained in the movement of teeth and bite issues|
|Recommends and treats patients after assessing overall facial profile|
|Uses the latest in orthodontic technology for the benefit of patients|
|Attends regular training on developments in the orthodontic industry|
|Is a member of The Invisible Orthodontist (TIO) Network||Not all orthodontists are members of TIO but those that are demonstrate further commitment to promoting invisible orthodontic treatment.|