Any dentist can call themselves an orthodontist, this simply means that they use braces on some of their patients. However, a specialist orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed three additional years of orthodontic training. They will usually have worked in a variety of hospital dental departments before applying for a postgraduate position. They need to have passed their specialist orthodontic examinations to have the letters MOrth RCS after their names.
The orthodontists at The Orthodontic Clinic are specialist orthodontists and have research degrees (e.g. MSc, MDentSci) in orthodontics as well.
The General Dental Council (GDC) keeps a register of Specialist Orthodontists practicing in the United Kingdom. The GDC regulate dental professionals in the UK and set and maintain standards for the benefit of patients. Only dentists who are on a GDC specialist list may use the title 'Specialist'.