The Word Orthodontics Literally Means ‘Straight Teeth’
Orthodontics is a fascinating and diverse area of dentistry.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry which specializes in the diagnosis and management of problems associated with the alignment of the teeth and jaws. It is the oldest speciality in dentistry and commands a great deal of knowledge and expertise about the face and teeth. The term for a bad bite is malocclusion. Treatment usually involves the use of braces, plates, expanders, functional appliances, and surgery if required.
Who is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone further study to become a registered specialist in orthodontics. He or she is the most qualified person to treat problems associated with the alignment of your teeth and jaws. In Australia, to become an orthodontist you must:
- Complete a Bachelor degree in Dentistry (a 5 year full-time University course)
- Usually have practiced dentistry for at least 2 years
- Complete a Masters degree in Orthodontics (a 3 year full-time University course)
- Be a registered Specialist in Orthodontics with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
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