Why is a Dentist Different from an Orthodontist?

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  • How do I know if I should go to a dentist or an orthodontist?

    If you need your teeth straightened or fitted for braces such as Invisalign or Damon Braces, you need to go to an orthodontist. NYC Doctor Stoess-Allen has devoted significant educational and clinical time to the understanding and treatment of oral physiological disorders, helping patients alleviate pain and discomfort in the head, neck and temporomandibular joint. If you need fillings replaced or cavities filled, go to a dentist.

  • Is an orthodontist a dentist?

    Yes, an orthodontist is a dentist, but one who specializes in orthodontics, which is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions.

  • Do you need a referral from your family dentist to see an orthodontist?

    No. You do not need a referral from your family dentist to see an orthodontist in NYC. Sometimes your general dentist can send you to someone that they recommend. Friends, family, and work colleagues can make referrals as well.

  • What are the benefits of going to an orthodontist?

    The benefits of going to an orthodontist are that they are trained more extensively than a dentist to give you that beautiful healthy smile.

  • What are some of the things that I can be treated for by an orthodontist?

    An orthodontist can treat you with Invisalign®, Insignia®, Damon® and traditional braces, as well as other appliances and technology to shorten treatment time and improve results!

  • What is the difference in the training to become an orthodontist and a dentist?

    A dentist spends 4 years in dental school. An orthodontist requires another 2-3 years of residency in orthodontics.

  • Are orthodontists only needed for difficult cases?

    No, they are needed for difficult cases, moderate cases, and easy cases.

  • Where does orthodontics fit in among the different specialties of dentistry?

    Orthodontics is the only specialty where the doctor is trained extensively in tooth movement and proper jaw position.

  • If I am seeing an orthodontist, do I still have to see my dentist?

    If you have an orthodontist, you must still see your dentist, especially for cleaning during orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists do not replace your dentist; they are an addition to your team of doctors, who want to make sure you have a beautiful and healthy smile.