We all know how important it is to look after our teeth, but who are the professionals you should turn to for help in maintaining a regular oral hygiene routine?
You won’t have an orthodontist like you have a dentist. Rather, if your dentist identifies any problems with the position of your teeth and/or jaws and believes you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, they’ll refer you to an orthodontist. You can also refer yourself if you think you could benefit from treatment.
An orthodontist has started their career as a as a dentist and, after graduating with a Bachelor of Dentistry and acquiring some experience, they have embarked on a further two to three years of study and achieved a Master in Orthodontics.
It is an orthodontist who will fit you with braces or aligners to move your teeth into a straighter position.
Your dentist plays an extremely important role in the health of your teeth. Ideally, you should see your dentist once every six months (minimum once per year) to allow him or her to check how healthy your teeth are.
Your dentist will be looking for signs of cavities, plaque build-up, any gum disease and keeping an eye on the general wear, tear and discolouration of your teeth which occurs as we age.
It is important to brush your teeth twice a day and, if you’re wearing braces, after every meal but it’s also good to have a professional clean every now and then. That’s the role of your hygienist. They will also provide you with good brushing techniques and advice. If you need, or would like, orthodontic treatment, it’s important your teeth are in good health prior to starting treatment. Your hygienist can help you achieve that.
Book a consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists today and start your journey to straighter teeth.