Posted on 23 February 2022

Some dentists complete further training and education so that they can specialise in a particular area of dentistry to become an orthodontist or a periodontist. 

Key takeaways:

- A dentist is focused on dental hygiene, preventative care, cosmetic and restorative work.

- An orthodontist specialises in the alignment of the teeth and jaw; this includes teeth straightening.

- Periodontists are experts in gum health and focus on treating gum disease and procedures involving gum surgery.

If you need any specialist dental work, your dentist will assess your needs and refer you to the appropriate expert. If you require an orthodontist for teeth straightening, you can usually arrange a direct consultation.

"Your dentist can evaluate your smile and let you know if you need to see a specialist for any additional treatment!"

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