What is the difference between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are specialists whose entire time is dedicated to straightening teeth and aligning jaws. Orthodontists do not conduct any other type of dental work besides orthodontics, making them experts in the area of straightening teeth. General dentists treat patients for other things such as fillings, cleans, crowns etc. All specialist Orthodontists have a thorough understanding of dentistry as they have already completed a five years bachelor degree in dentistry and completed at least 2 years of practice as a dentist. After this they have completed an additional 3 years of full time postgraduate study at university to receive specialist qualifications.

Dr Balya Sriram is a board-certified specialist orthodontist. She has completed a 5 year bachelors degree, 6 years of general dental practice, 3 years of specialist post-graduate training and a further 7 years of specialist orthodontic practice giving her a total or 21 years industry experience.

We recommend that you see both an orthodontist and a dentist! A dentist will make sure that the health of your teeth is optimal and that your hygiene is adequate. During orthodontic treatment, we recommend a six monthly dental check up.