What is an orthodontist?

Do you want to straighten your smile or have an alignment issue repaired? It might be time to seek orthodontic treatment.

But, what exactly is an orthodontist, and what services do they provide?

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a registered dental specialist who has undertaken a further three-year full-time Masters or Doctorate degree in Orthodontics on top of their general dental degree.  The most common reason for consulting with an orthodontist is to seek treatment for malocclusion, a condition in which the jaws and teeth are misaligned.

Your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist for a specific concern, but a referral is not necessary. If you or your child has issues with teeth alignment, you are welcome to come in for a consultation whether your dentist has recommended it or not.

When do I need an orthodontist?

If you have any issues with the alignment of your jaws and teeth, it is a good idea to seek professional help. Orthodontists help to straighten teeth for both cosmetic and functional reasons.

Your orthodontist can treat a number of problems, including crowded and crooked teeth; overbites, underbites and crossbites; protruding teeth; gaps between teeth; and impacted teeth. Misaligned teeth can lead to other issues, such as damage to the teeth and gums, grinding, and clenching and can also cause difficulty with chewing and speech.

Who will treat me?

At Simply Orthodontics, we have three principal orthodontists — Dr Jonathan Skilton, Dr Jason Yap, and Dr Michael Zhao — as well as a dedicated and friendly clinical team. Have a look at how our team takes care of our patients here.

We use state-of-the-art techniques to straighten and align your teeth, as well as enhance the appearance of your smile. Our team is highly experienced, and we make sure that each orthodontic treatment plan is completely customised for every individual. Read more about our practice here.

What kinds of treatments are available?

Thanks to advancements in modern orthodontics, there are now a wide range of effective treatments available. Some of the most popular treatments include:

Braces for children

Metal braces are much less bulky than they used to be. And because of technological advancements in dental materials, smaller brackets can now be bonded onto the surface of the teeth. At Simply Orthodontics, we use Damon braces, which are highly efficient. They are designed to allow for increased appointment intervals and can be customised for our young patients with fun, coloured bands.

Invisalign for Adults and Teens

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that makes use of a series of custom-made, clear aligners. The aligners are made of plastic and are designed to straighten misaligned teeth by exerting pressure and moving teeth into a new position gradually over time. The aligners are changed every one to two weeks until the treatment is complete.

Invisalign is a great treatment option for adults and teenagers because it is so discreet. The aligners are almost completely invisible as they are made from clear plastic, and because they don’t contain any metal brackets and wires, are much more comfortable than traditional metal braces. You can take them out during meals, and also brush and floss as normal.

Cosmetic Braces

Another discreet option, cosmetic braces are ideal for patients who don’t want to drastically change their appearance during orthodontic treatment. At Simply Orthodontics, we use Damon Clear braces, which are made from tooth-coloured ceramic.  The braces are self-litigating, which means that they work efficiently and generally produce very successful results.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces work much the same way as traditional braces, except that they are attached to the backs of the teeth, rather than the front. This means that they are completely invisible to other people. At Simply Orthodontics, we use Incognito Lingual Braces, which are made from nickel-free gold alloy and can be fully customised to fit your teeth perfectly. The wires are customised to fit the inner aspect of your jaw, which ensures optimal efficiency and comfort.

Need an orthodontist? Please contact us to make an appointment for a consultation or download our free guide to adult orthodontics.