What Does an Orthodontist Do and How They Differ From a Dentist

Orthodontist Croton on Hudson, NY

 Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics has some tips to help patients near Croton-on-Hudson, NY to distinguish between a dentist and an orthodontist. The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist may be indistinguishable to some people. Something that many folks don’t know is that all orthodontists can be dentists, but not all dentists can be orthodontists. They are both certified oral health care professionals, both treat and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and both have the education and experience to be called doctors. In these areas, they are pretty comparable. However, there are more differences than similarities.

What’s the difference between an orthodontist and dentist?

All orthodontists require further schooling and more experience in their specialty (orthodontics) beyond their dental school training. A similar example would be if a medical doctor elects to take special training to become a surgeon. So, if a dentist has a patient with a dental malocclusion, they will refer them to an orthodontist for treatment.

What services do they provide?

Braces

One of the main treatment approaches orthodontists use to align and straighten teeth are traditional metal braces. Traditional braces are comprised of brackets, wires, and bands that straighten your teeth and which are continually tightened over a prescribed amount of time. Dr. Barry Glaser also offer patients near Croton-on-Hudson, NY treatment with light-colored ceramic braces (for patients who do not want their braces to be noticeable) and even fun clear-colored bands for his youngest patients. Braces can also be indicated for patients with overbites, underbites, or overcrowded or gapped teeth. Braces are used by many patients to achieve a perfect-picture smile.

Space Maintainers

When baby teeth are lost earlier than normal, space fillers are used so that the neighboring teeth do not grow into the space meant for the adult tooth to grow into. These space maintainers are used to keep the gap open until more childhood teeth fall out and the adult teeth begin to grow in. Fixed space maintainers work with a band that is attached to one tooth and a wire that is extended across the gap to the tooth on the other side to stretch and keep the gap open.

Aligners

Like braces, aligners help to straighten and align teeth. One of the most often employed aligner systems is Invisalign, and it is indicated in treatments for:

  • underbites
  • overbites
  • open bites
  • cross bites
  • crowded teeth

Aligners like Invisalign are clear plastic trays that fit around your teeth and apply consistent pressure to straighten your teeth and contribute to your perfect smile.

Jaw Repositioning Appliances

Jaw repositioning appliances, sometimes called splints, are used to adjust either the upper or the lower jaw so that the whole jaw structure performs more naturally. Most often, this appliance is prescribed for patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

Sometimes, patient’s lips and cheeks can put pressure on their teeth and cause pain or discomfort. Glaser Orthodontics recommends lip and cheek bumpers for these patients to help keep the lips and cheeks away from the teeth and thus reduce or eliminate the pressure, pain, or discomfort that the patient is experiencing.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is used to widen the curve of the upper jaw. It is a plastic tray which fits on the roof of the mouth and helps to better align the bones and joints in the mouth.

Removable Retainers

After orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, using a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back to their original positions is often indicated. Retainers are a plate that is placed on the roof of the mouth; a wire runs across the outside of the front teeth. Retainers may also be constructed as a plastic aligner. More often than not, these aligners are worn during the night.

Headgear

Headgear, usually, is a strap placed around the back of the head which is attached to a metal wire in the front of the mouth. Orthodontists prescribe headgear for patients who need to slow the growth of their jaw and to make sure that the patient’s teeth are in the right place and fit nicely within the jaw.

Any Questions?

Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics can help answer any questions you might have about orthodontics near Croton-on-Hudson, NY. If you still have questions about the differences between dentistry and orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment, contact Glaser Orthodontics near Croton-on-Hudson, NY today at:  914.739.6400

How To Make Your Invisalign Treatment Quick and Easy

Invisalign Garrison, NY

Invisalign patients of Dr. Barry Glaser enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment around Garrison, NY, in Putnam County, NY. The system of plastic aligners are effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. Invisalign offers benefits that traditional braces can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many Glaser Orthodontics patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves. 

Although Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment.

To get the best results from treatment with Invisalign…

  • Keep Invisalign in a safe place: Invisalign aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket, purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy. 
  • Remove Invisalign to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of the clear aligners are that they are removable. Dr. Barry Glaser says to take advantage of this! Always take your plastic trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.
  • Clean your Invisalign properly and thoroughly: To keep the clear aligners working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. The plastic trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Barry Glaser recommends that patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their clear aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) Glaser Orthodontics says both methods will keep the clear aligners looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.
  • Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with the clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from Glaser Orthodontics. Likely, this means never leaving the trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following some easy instructions, patients can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, contact Glaser Orthodontics in the Garrison, NY area today at: 914.739.6400


Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are the experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Garrison, NY, Cortlandt Manor, NY, Cold Spring, NY, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Putnam County, NY or the 10524 zip code areas, or would like to schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914-739-6400