The difference between orthodontists and dentists

Happy dental patients of Dr Peter Hardman.

Many people are not aware of the difference between orthodontists and dentists, Noosa local Dr Peter Hardman says.

Dr Hardman, who has been a specialist orthodontist for more than 30 years, has shared the key differences for the community.

Orthodontists and dentists share many similarities, they work together to help you improve your overall oral health, but they work with different objectives in mind.

Dentists cover a broad range of oral health issues and are your go to people at the outset, providing treatment and referring to specialists where appropriate.

An orthodontist, on the other hand, is a specialist with a more singular focus – straightening teeth and aligning jaws.

They look at growth and development of the jaw and teeth and suggest treatment to achieve the best outcome long term.

Orthodontic treatment falls under the category of preventative dentistry and endeavours to avoid more significant issues later in life.

Not only does orthodontic treatment straighten the teeth, create confidence and a pleasant appearance, it can also help in preventing tooth decay and other oral health issues for all ages.

Most treatment occurs in the rapid growth stage (10-15 years), however, early treatment (phase 1) is indicated in some circumstances.

There are dental issues to consider as well as the emotional aspect of incorrectly positioned teeth – schoolyard teasing and trauma to teeth.

Oral hygiene can also be an issue. Early assessment as young as eight is recommended by the profession. However, as indicated, orthodontic treatment is also an appropriate choice for adults.

Find Noosa Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Peter Hardman, at Cnr Mary and James St, Noosaville.

To get in touch call 5449 8266 or email

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