In the UK, orthodontists are fully qualified dentists who have after qualification, been selected to undertake the extra training required to enter the speciality of orthodontics. This means a minimum of a further 3-5 years on a recognised postgraduate speciality training programme, followed by the award of a Masters in Orthodontics and the Membership in Orthodontics. Only those dentists who have completed this training or equivalent can register with the GDC as a Specialist Orthodontist.
All our orthodontists limit their practice solely to orthodontics, are registered with the GDC as Specialist Orthodontists and have many years of experience in managing a wide range of dental irregularities from simple to complex.
General dentists can also carry out orthodontics if they choose to do so. The General Dental Council (GDC) regulate dentists and allows any dentist to work in any area of dentistry, as long as they feel competent to do so. However, because it is recognised that orthodontics is a very specific area of expertise, only those registered on the orthodontic specialist list with the GDC can call themselves a Specialist Orthodontist.