The full professional title in Switzerland is “Specialist Dentist in Orthodontics” and requires a completed degree in dentistry. In addition, the prospective orthodontist must have completed a year’s work as a general dentist, followed by four years of specific orthodontic training.
The training path makes it clear that orthodontics emerges from dentistry. Therefore, every dentist is also trained in orthodontics to recognize problems in the development of the tooth position of children and, if necessary, refer the patient to an orthodontist for the actual treatment. In some cases, minor orthodontic treatments may also be carried out by the dentist himself, e.g. fitting the patient with a spacer or a retainer in the context of pediatric dentistry.
But not only dentists and orthodontists work closely together to offer patients a holistic therapy: In the case of jaw-joint problems, also physiotherapists are also regularly called in – after all, the jaw has the strongest muscles in the human body. Problems in the jaw can also spread to other parts of the body. Chronic headaches can sometimes be caused by a diseased jaw.