What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

A dentist is similar to your family doctor - great for check-ups and filling cavities. An orthodontist is a specialist who has two to three years of additional education, and is an expert in straightening your teeth and choosing the treament option that’s best for you.


Buyer beware: Dentists can be trained in orthodontics, but they’re not orthodontists

Dentists get some orthodontics training, but can upgrade their skills in as little as a weekend. Trained orthodontists spend two to three years longer in university than dentists to become specialized and accredited.

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The Ontario Association of Orthodontists is the official voice to organized dental associations, recognized educational institutions, professional licensing bodies, the public and government.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the OAO, you must be a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics, graduated from an accredited University Graduate Program and registered with a license to practice Orthodontics in Ontario or Canada.

Do you have a question or comment about orthodontists or orthodontic treatment? Feel free to send us a message at the email addresses below, and we'll respond as quickly as possible. Email: str8smiles@sympatico.ca