Orthodontist vs Dentist: Why Choose a Specialist Orthodontist?

Your treatment at M-Brace is under the direct supervision of Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. R R Mahesh.

  • A Specialist Orthodontist is a Doctor who will initially have trained as a Dentist but who will then undergo three years of specialist postgraduate Doctoral training in the field of orthodontics on top of this. Once qualified the Orthodontist is able to diagnose and treat complex and challenging cases which can go beyond applying braces, and can include the ability to correct a patient’s jaws to ensure they are in alignment with the facial profile. After they qualify they continue to undergo rigorous training to remain current with developments in Orthodontics, as well as the latest associated technologies and practices.
  • Before a Dentist can undergo the difficult and highly sought postgraduate training, they need to demonstrate experience of working in restorative dentistry, and maxillo-facial surgery
  • General Dentists are also Doctors and their training is also difficult and extensive and they can provide many different treatments, such as. check-ups, fillings, root canal work and crowns. There are some dental practices who do offer teeth straightening, but a General Dentist
    will usually have undergone less formal training and may have less experience in Orthodontics than a dedicated Specialist Orthodontist. The nurses and therapists who support the Orthodontists often have more specialist experience, and training as well.
  • M-Brace, along with other Specialist Orthodontist practices, only provide orthodontic treatment which means we are able to advise on not just the best course of treatment, but also correct complex cases.

Specialist Orthodontist

Why Choose Dr Mahesh Raja as your Specialist Orthodontist?

  • After working in a specialist practice in the Lothians, R R Mahesh started his own Orthodontic practice, M-Brace Orthodontics in 2009 (the letter ‘M’ in ‘M-Brace’ represents his name ‘Mahesh’).
  • Dr Mahesh had a goal of helping patients to make their dreams of beautiful and confident smiles come true. To do this, he has created three welcoming and innovative practices, which he has staffed with a friendly and professional team of experienced and specialist nurses, therapists and administrative staff to help not just him to achieve his goals, but to also ensure that his patients receive the best care and treatment he can offer.
  • His ethos is to help people ‘Embrace life with a beautiful smile’; a motto that is used throughout his practice and that perfectly captures M-Brace Orthodontics’ goals.

About Dr Mahesh Raja

Principal Specialist Orthodontist and Practice Owner
GDC No. 83003

  • R R Mahesh obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) qualification in India in 1994. After working in General Practice for a year he then moved to the UK to undertake specialist post-graduate training in Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery and obtained his Fellowship in
    Dental Surgery (FDSRCS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1997. He continued to work in the speciality of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery before commencing his orthodontic training in Edinburgh in 2000.
  • R R Mahesh obtained his MSc with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2002; he was the first ever candidate to be awarded distinction in the 10 years of the course being conducted by the University of Edinburgh.
  • R R Mahesh gained his double Membership in Orthodontics qualifications from both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England in 2003.
  • When not at work RR Mahesh enjoys time travelling around the world visiting many exotic places with his family.


  • R R Mahesh is a registered Orthodontic Specialist with the General Dental Council.
  • He is a member of:
  • The British Orthodontic Society
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • British Dental Association
  • British Lingual Orthodontic Society
  • World Federation of Orthodontics
  • Indian Dental Association
  • R R Mahesh is a ‘Platinum’ level Invisalign provider.
  • He was awarded the ‘Commendation Prize certificate in the ‘Against the Odds Competition 2009’, conducted by the British Orthodontic Society.
  • He was a winner of the ‘Aesthetic Dentistry Award 2018’ for the ‘Interdisciplinary Orthodontic-Restorative Team’ along with a local Aesthetic Dentist.
  • He is committed to postgraduate training and regularly attends courses and national and international conferences which help him to stay abreast of the latest advances and techniques in the specialised field of orthodontics.
  • Dr Mahesh has hand picked a team of experienced professionals who ably assist him at M-Brace. You can meet them here!

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