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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry dedicated to the straightening of teeth. Often the placement of a person's facial bones can contribute to poorly positioned teeth. Orthodontics is directed at influencing these bone structures to ensure your teeth and jaws align with your overall facial profile. 

What does an orthodontist do?

Orthodontists are specialist dentists who provide orthodontic care. They have begun their career with an undergraduate degree in dentistry, then gone on to pursue further postgraduate study of at least three years in the field of orthodontics. They have to limit their practice exclusively to orthodontics for several years before they are registered as specialists. 

To determine whether or not you need to see an orthodontist, read about the common problems we treat. 

Your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist, but at the Straight Smile Centre™ we also take self-referrals. If you would like to find out how you could benefit from a visit to an orthodontist, book a free consultation today.

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