WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry which focuses on correcting irregularities in tooth position which may have an impact on the way we look (aesthetics) or the way we bite (occlusion and function). Orthodontics may also be required to help improve problems in the way our teeth meet together (malocclusion) or the way our jaws relate to each other.
What is a Specialist Orthodontist?
To become a specialist orthodontist, you must first study to become a dentist. Most specialist orthodontists have worked as a dentist for a number of years before they go back to university to undertake specialist training. In New Zealand, only a few people are accepted into the orthodontic post-graduate programme each year. A specialist orthodontist has completed an additional two or three years of full-time study at University and has gained specialist registration with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Although some dentists do limited orthodontic treatment, they are not specialist orthodontists and have not completed a university specialist orthodontic qualification recognized by the Dental Council of New Zealand.
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