Every specialist is a dentist, but not all dentists are specialists.
Dental specialists qualify as dentists before undertaking post-graduate training in their chosen area.
Orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery and paediatric dentistry are all examples of dental specialities. There are 13 specialist lists in total.
There’s nothing to stop general dentists from providing specialist treatments like braces and root canals, and many do this to a very high standard. However, without specialist training, they won’t be recognised as a specialist by the General Dental Council (GDC).
What are the benefits of specialist treatment?
Specialist training is extensive and involves both theory and hands-on experience. It’s usually a full-time course that leads to a qualification and inclusion on one of the GDC’s specialist lists.
The standard of training, which is set by the GDC, is very high and ensures that dentists on specialist lists have met minimum requirements.
Once they’ve qualified, specialists usually work in their chosen field for the NHS or private sector. They quickly gain more experience working as a specialist and commit to ongoing training in their speciality.
Specialist-led treatment at Sensu
If you have your teeth straightened at Sensu, your treatment will be planned and led by a specialist orthodontist. In the UK, orthodontic training takes three years to complete, and there’s strong competition for places.
Our orthodontists in London are experienced in treating a wide range of misalignments, including the most complicated cases. As a specialist-led practice, we can offer you the full range of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign, fixed braces and lingual braces.
The experience of an orthodontist is invaluable at the planning stage of your treatment to ensure you get the very best result. During your treatment, our skilled dentists and orthodontic therapists will work to the prescription of your orthodontist, who will oversee every step of your transformation.
Only specialists can call themselves orthodontists. If you are unsure whether a clinician is a dentist or a specialist, you can check their details on the GDC website.
Meet our specialist orthodontists
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