Monday, March 14, 2016

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways.  Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth.  One important difference is that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.

How are they similar? 
The main similarity between a dentist and an orthodontist is that they both focus on oral care.  An orthodontist can work in a dental office and provide the same care as a dentist.  So in this respect, they are quite similar.  They are both considered doctors, and deal with the teeth and gums.
How are they different?
There are more differences than similarities.  An orthodontist requires additional schooling as a dental specialty; the situation is similar to a doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon.  Another difference is that orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices.  If a patient has an overbite, a dentist will refer him or her to an orthodontist.

Dentists typically encourage good oral hygiene and provide services related to:
  • Tooth decay
  • Root Canals
  • Gum disease
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening  
Orthodontists are dentists that specialize in the alignment of teeth, and provide services related to:
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
What an orthodontist can help with:
Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, but they assist patients with other issues as well.  These include overbites and underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding of teeth, and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD).  Additional problems with the jaw also need to be treated by an orthodontist.
While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, TMJ treatemnts, and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you require.
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Donation to Homestead 64

Homestead 64 Spaghetti Dinner Auction

April won our basket in the raffle!

A basket of dental supplies was donated to Homestead 64 for their annual spaghetti dinner auction event. Congratulations to April, who was the lucky winner of our basket! The proceeds will fund extra-curricular activities at the school.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January Contest

Refer a friend and be entered to win!

Tell your family and friends how much you love our office!  Refer them to our office and be entered to win a family 4 pack of movie tickets and popcorn.  Make sure to have them call quickly to schedule their consultation!  The contest is over February 25th!


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 Rebecca Falsafi and her highly qualified staff have been creating beautiful smiles for the past 20 years! We understand what a significant difference in health and self-esteem a beautiful smile can make, which is why we provide exceptional orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults in East Amherst, Williamsville, Clarence, Lockport and the surrounding communities.