Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, how your teeth rest together when your mouth is closed (occlusion), and creating a smile with teeth that line up straight.

What is a General Dentist?

General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health.

It is very important that you maintain your regular check-ups with your dentist and schedule hygiene appointments all throughout your orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth will last you a lifetime.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist receives additional three years of specialized full-time training at an accredited post-graduate orthodontic residency program after completing four years of dental school.

At Bayside Orthodontics, patients can count on a straight smile, every single time. Our Board Certified Orthodontists have years of training, and are certified experts on the latest dental advancements such as Invisalign® technology. Each Invisalign® case is unique and requires substantial knowledge and training to achieve desirable results. Braces can be expensive, so some individuals seek out more affordable options such as clear-tooth aligning systems sold online. While ordering orthodontia by mail may seem like a viable alternative, it comes with more risks than advantages. There is no “do it yourself” when it comes to straightening teeth. Since there is no technician present to monitor the progress of your clear-aligner system, the treatment often leaves patients disappointed. Attempting to move your teeth with mail-order orthodontics may cause tooth loss, oral decay and eventually lead to more expensive dental work.

Effective Invisalign® cases require orthodontic specialists who understand how to treat and correct crooked teeth. Since orthodontic appliances are only as successful as the expertise of the dentist who prescribes and designs them, they should only be administered by Invisalign®-trained doctors. By seeing a doctor in person, patients can address oral hygiene concerns, aligner problems and overall oral health. Having a local orthodontist examine your teeth is key to achieving a brighter and straighter smile. The doctors at Bayside Orthodontics take pride in compassionately treating patients in the New York area. They are nationally recognized as an Invisalign® Top 1% Provider and can give you the beautiful, straight teeth you’ve always longed for.

Want to Learn More?

If you have further questions about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, just give Bayside Orthodontics a call (718)631-0508 and we’ll be happy to schedule your FREE consultation. We are conveniently located at 208-54 Cross Island Pkwy, Bayside, NY. We look forward to hearing from you.