What is orthodontics?
For most of us, the first encounter we had with a dentist was at school, but not all of us have met with an orthodontist. At Pallant Orthodontics, we are the first orthodontic practice that many of our patients have stepped into, so we understand when they have questions about what exactly it is that we do.
So, what is orthodontics? It's a branch of dentistry that focuses on aligning your teeth and jaws with your overall facial profile. As specialist orthodontists, we want to make sure your teeth are sitting properly in position for a number of reasons. One of these is to ensure you chew your food properly, as poor teeth alignment can contribute to digestive issues and affect your overall health and well-being.
Orthodontists vs dentists
By now you may be wondering what the difference is between an orthodontist and a dentist. Both dental professionals started out studying dentistry and have a Bachelor of Dental Surgery to their name. However, after these five years of study, those wanting to embark on a career as an orthodontist pursue further study in this specialist field. Once they've completed an extra two-to-three years of study, they'll register with orthodontic associations, such as the British Orthodontic Society (BOS).
The Invisible Orthodontist
As orthodontic professionals we are committed to ongoing professional development within the orthodontic industry. This is to ensure we understand the latest techniques and technology being used in orthodontic treatment and how it can benefit you - our patients.
As part of this professional development we have joined The Invisible Orthodontist (TIO), a network of orthodontists throughout the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand who are passionate about seeing the full effect of invisible orthodontic treatments.