What is an Orthodontist?

A British-trained specialist orthodontist is a highly trained professional who has completed a five-year university dentistry degree course to obtain a dental qualification; then worked in various branches of dentistry to gain a broad working knowledge and experience of its different fields; and then completed an approved three-year full-time university or hospital postgraduate orthodontic training programme to achieve higher qualifications.

This advanced training includes subjects such as growth and development, genetics, biomechanics and anatomy; as well as clinical skills in the design, application and control of corrective appliances or braces.

Orthodontics has long been a specialised discipline, though general dentists are also legally entitled to perform procedures in any branch of dentistry. However, specialist orthodontists are the most highly trained experts in the field of orthodontics.

Our specialist orthodontists Dr Sarah Good, Dr Mahmoud Pourghadiri and Dr Ashish Shah have for years limited their practice to the treatment of orthodontic problems only.

They are both on the Specialist Register of the General Dental Council; as well as being members of the British, European and American Associations of Orthodontics, and fellows of the World Federation of Orthodontists.

We provide: professional skills and knowledge

At Elite Orthodontics, the practice of orthodontics is our speciality. We offer professional consultant-level skills throughout the treatment process – from the diagnosis and identification of dental abnormality to the treatment itself to improve your smile. We are always happy to provide you with a second opinion.

We are highly experienced in the design, application and control of a wide range of corrective appliances and braces including Invisalign, that can bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment, thus attaining facial balance for a lifetime of a beautiful and healthy smile.

Here at Elite Orthodontics we believe that creating a beautiful smile is a reliable way of enhancing not only the health of your teeth and gums but also your psychological well-being and self-esteem. See some of our previous patient’s results here.

We use our specialist skills to create beautiful smiles that can help with increased confidence, improved chances of greater social and career success, as well as enriching one’s attitude toward life. See Why consult a specialist orthodontist rather than a general dentist?


Straighter teeth not only look attractive but are also easier to clean and look after than crooked misaligned teeth, thus adding to the longevity of your dentition. If left untreated, many types of misalignment of teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury, tooth decay, and gum disease. Crooked teeth could also lead to a decrease in one’s personal self-confidence.

Treatment by a specialist orthodontist to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

In many cases, your orthodontist will need an opportunity for a careful and meticulous study of your mouth in order to arrive at a considered decision regarding your treatment plan.

Please contact Elite Orthodontics London W1 to discuss your specific needs or book an appointment at our practice. Alternatively telephone 020 7580 5370.

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