As October settles in with cooler breezes and falling leaves, many are reminded of their oral health status with Halloween and all its candy fast approaching as well.

Everyone wants the best for themselves and their family members especially when it comes to health and wellness. When it comes to your teeth, entrusting an orthodontist to care for them is best, as their profession indicates they are ready to handle any oral situation that may be thrown their way.

Dentists vs Orthodontists

Although many may confuse a dentist with an orthodontist, there is a distinct difference between the two. Dentists are trained to handle crowns, fillings and regular cleanings. An orthodontist on the other hand, has more than 3,000 hours of orthodontic training after dental school, equipped with the knowledge to deal with more complex orthodontic cases. Orthodontists are trained in an ADA-approved orthodontic training program, as well as for an extra two years.

Orthodontics itself is a different treatment of the mouth, correcting the teeth and jaw when issues arise in terms of position and improper growth. Crooked teeth may seem like a small issue in the grand scheme of life, but can create serious issues if left uncorrected. Teeth that are crooked, or that don’t fit together can be harder to clean, causing periodontal diseases and adding extra stress on the mouth.

By not undergoing necessary orthodontic treatment, patients will be left with a series of issues including headaches, tooth aches, decay, lockjaw syndrome and more.

Some common signs of needing orthodontic treatment include an overbite, buck teeth, an underbite, crossbite and significant spacing.

Orthodontic Treatments

There are many types of orthodontic treatment including metal braces, ceramic and Invisalign.

“Orthodontists are the experts when it comes to aligning teeth and correcting bites,” said Dr. James Hanigan, DDS MS PA, and member of the Texas Association of Orthodontics and the American Association of Orthodontics. “Additionally, an Orthodontist will have access to the latest technology and practices when it comes to teeth alignment.”

When it comes to your smile, choosing the best orthodontist is essential.

Dr. Tanya Vaysman of Upper Eastside Orthodontists is a New York board eligible orthodontist, utilizing the very latest advancements in orthodontic medicine to change her patients lives. As the recipient of multiple awards, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists a faculty member at the Department of Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Vaysman has extensive knowledge and experience in orthodontics.

Your oral health is a part of your comprehensive health and wellness. If you have never seen an orthodontist, believe you may be suffering from an oral health issue, or are just interested in a simple check up, schedule a consultation today. Visit our website for more information.

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