How do you know whether to see a general dentist or specialist orthodontist?6th December 2019
Orthodontics is a speciality within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion (contact between teeth), and the straightness of your teeth
Since orthodontists have the same foundational training and qualifications as most dentists, the good thing about seeing an orthodontist is they can help you with standard dental issues as well as more complex treatments that specifically require orthodontic training.
It is true that some dentists can and do provide certain orthodontic treatments such as braces. However, it is unlikely they have the same level of expertise, skills and efficiency as someone who has gone through the additional training to achieve the title of an orthodontist.
Dentists are often permitted to provide some orthodontic treatments (including braces), however, this does not mean the treatment will be carried out to the same level of expertise as it would be by a qualified orthodontist.
If you have a toothache, or you need a filling – then it is best to go to a general dentist who can then provide you with a diagnosis and help with any necessary treatment.
Usually, people have a trusted dentist for a life-time to help with general check-ups and maintenance of dental hygiene. Often reliable dentists will refer you to an orthodontist if they know the issue is beyond their ability.
Why come to Elite Orthodontics?
Our practice is located at 33 Weymouth Street London W1, and the practice has been operating since 1973.
We pride ourselves on providing a modern contemporary style practice and all of our equipment and facilities were replaced or refurbished in 2007.
We utilise the latest technology and techniques to allow us to stay ahead of other practices and provide the best possible treatment for our patients.
Not only do we keep our equipment up to date, but we also ensure that all of our team members stay on top of current advancements, with further training and regular attendance of dental conferences and meetings.
Specialist Orthodontics are the most highly trained experts in the field of orthodontics.
At Elite Orthodontics our specialist orthodontist team is comprised of Dr Mahmoud Pourghadiri and Dr Sarah Good.
For years Sarah and Mahmoud have dedicated their practice to the treatment of orthodontic problems and solutions only, meaning they are masters in this field.
They are both highly qualified, specialist orthodontists dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care in friendly and state-of-the-art surroundings in the centre of London.
We often treat complex cases many other London dentists refer to us.
Our 3 point commitment:
- Care and communication: we want to create an open dialogue between patient and orthodontist. It is vital to us that you feel comfortable expressing your aesthetic goals and we can help advise you about your oral health. We prioritise this from the start of your treatment, always allowing you the opportunity to share and discuss your concerns.
- Expertise and experience: our team is comprised of dentists, orthodontic therapists, hygienists, nurses and support staff. Additionally, our specialist team has experience in paediatric dentistry and boast close ties with restorative consultants, child psychologists, paediatricians, speech therapists, plastic surgeons and maxillo-facial surgeons that we are happy to share with our patients.
- Technology: we utilise the latest technology to help make our treatment as efficient and as comfortable as possible. We use the latest miniature orthodontic braces and state-of-the-art wire technology to ensure braces appear as subtle as possible. We also use modern tools to reduce pain when drilling, for example.
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