Why see an orthodontic specialist?
Did you know that 100 of orthodontists are dentists but only 5% of dentists are orthodontists!
An orthodontist will first graduate from dental school as a general dentist, they will then go on to do a Masters degree in orthodontics, often registering as a specialist with the General Dental Council.
Can a dentist straighten teeth?
Yes, a general dentist can do additional training and go on extra courses to learn how to straighten teeth using standardised orthodontic systems. The general dentist must also be able to replace missing teeth, look after your dental health, change your smile with cosmetic dentistry as well as a myriad of other things, meaning they are extremely generalised and good at looking after your mouth in general.
Meet your specialist orthodontist in Harley Street
Dr. Stefan Abela
BChD, MFDS, RCS Eng, MSc, MORTH RCS Ed, AHEA, FDS Orth RCS Ed
Stefan is a Consultant in Orthodontics at one of the most prestigious London teaching hospitals; Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
Stefan is also a specialist in Orthodontics and is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) specialist list. Stefan qualified as a dental surgeon in 2003 and underwent further training in various specialties including restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, oral medicine and complex oral and maxillofacial surgery including the management of facial trauma.
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Why is an orthodontist different?
An orthodontist will only work on your teeth and/or jaw if your Oral health is in good condition beforehand, an orthodontist will rely on a general dentist to ensure this happens. Because an orthodontist is not focusing on these are the general areas they are able to focus exclusively on straightening crooked teeth using the widest range of treatments available.
Because an orthodontist has had the additional specialist training at Masters level they are able to use more complex techniques which may work quicker or be more suited to your individual clinical situation or desired outcome and results.
Generally speaking, an orthodontist can offer you a wide range of orthodontic options and treat a wide range of clinical situations.
What Our Patient Say
Lovely team beautiful surgery and v happy with speed of retainer delivery!
Stefan & Milisha could not have been nicer or more professional, I would recommend to anyone.
Fantastic service and painless fillings. Highly recommend!
I have just got my braces after being treated for about 2 years by dr. Abela. I highly recommend as he is talented and charismatic.
Dr Milisha was absolutely wonderful – very friendly and extremely professional. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Our daughter, 12, has just completed her orthodontic treatment with Dr Abela and the result is a perfect smile. Dr Abela was painstaking, patient and professional in his treatment and took great pains to ensure that every tooth was correctly positioned. The treatment lasted the exact length of time that we were told it would
It was an absolute pleasure to be treated by Dr Stefan Abela and his team during my Orthodontic journey. Dr Abela is extremely talented, patient and persistent to achieve the perfect end result. He tailored the treatment around my needs, listened to my concerns and acted on them. Him and his team offered the most
A big THANK YOU to Dr Abela for giving my daughters Lara and Lisa such a wonderful smile!!! The treatment here in Malta was professional, caring and highly successful! We are all very happy with the result!
Well done Dr Stefan for the excellent job.Had my front tooth fixed in only four months using invisilign braces.