We have an expert team of dental and orthodontic providers here at Sunshine Smiles, and we might make achieving the perfect smile look easy. But the truth is, aligning the teeth and jaws and creating a healthy bite is actually a pretty complex process!
We’re able to achieve this by using certain orthodontic appliances to produce a precise amount of pressure on the teeth. Over time, this moves them into more desirable positions and helps correct any other issues that may be present. This specialized treatment can improve your oral health and enhance the appearance of your smile, but if you’re just looking into orthodontics, you may not even be sure where to start.
This is as good a place as any! The first step in any orthodontic journey should be finding the right provider for you and your family. Many general dentists now offer some basic orthodontic care, so there are more options to choose from, but it’s important to understand more about these two professions before you decide who to trust with your family’s smiles. Although many people think dentists and orthodontists are interchangeable, there are actually some significant differences between them. Keep reading below to learn more about these!
What are the major differences between an orthodontist and a dentist?
The biggest difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist is that orthodontists have received additional education and specialized training. All dentists follow a similar path in dental school, but those wishing to become orthodontists after graduation must complete an orthodontic residency lasting two or more years. These programs have a specific focus on diagnosing and correcting orthodontic issues. They also include almost 5,000 hours of further training, which could be why relatively few dentists go on to become orthodontists!
All dentists receive some basic training in orthodontics during dental school, and some will continue to explore the field through weekend courses, targeted seminars, and other training. Unfortunately, these just can’t match the expansive education and experience a trained orthodontist will have. With so much riding on the results, we think it just makes sense to choose an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Mansour when it comes to your smile or your family’s oral health.
Get your bite right
When we say “bite,” we’re referring to the complicated biologic system that includes your teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums, and facial muscles. Thanks to his years of training and experience, Dr. Mansour can position each of these individual elements for maximum performance. A healthy bite will allow you to chew, bite, and even speak better than before treatment!
When it comes to your overall oral health, a dentist will usually have the bigger picture in mind. Regular checkups can help them identify any dental hygiene problems, and they’re able to improve the function and appearance of a patient’s teeth through restorative and cosmetic treatments. Dentists are also trained to spot the signs of oral disease and can offer advice on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums over the years.
An orthodontist like Dr. Mansour is generally more concerned with specialized care. His training allows him to identify and correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded and gapped teeth, overbites, and misalignments. He has the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose your specific problems and give you the confident smile you deserve!
Personalized solutions for your smile
An orthodontist is trained to see problems in three dimensions. When you look in the mirror or see your child smile, you’ll notice issues on the surface level. That means you may see how the teeth have gaps between them or the way they overlap each other, but don’t understand what’s happening to cause it. Dr. Mansour, on the other hand, has the training and expertise to identify the root cause of any problems. Doing so allows him to build a customized solution for your specific smile, giving you a beautiful smile, healthy bite, and long-lasting results!
In your search for an orthodontic provider, you may find some dentists in your area who offer braces or clear aligners. This may even include your own family dentist! So what does that mean for you and your family?
The benefits of choosing an experienced orthodontist
If you or someone in your family develops a toothache or cavity, the dentist should definitely be your first stop. But if you’re dealing with misalignments and other issues related to oral development, an orthodontic specialist like Dr. Mansour is who you want to see! Take a moment to consider the many benefits of choosing an experienced orthodontist. These often include:
- a wider variety of treatment options
- a customized treatment plan built around your specific smile
- more efficient treatments and visits, since orthodontics is the main focus
- the best possible outcome for your smile, especially if you have a more severe or complicated case
Trust your family’s oral health to the expert team at Sunshine Smiles
Sunshine Smiles is a full-service practice. In addition to orthodontic care, we offer pediatric and general dentistry, oral surgery, and prosthodontics. But when you come to us for orthodontic treatment, you can be sure we have a single focus—providing you with superior results and world-class care!
Patients of all ages benefit from the state-of-the-art technology we use in our Rhinebeck, Kingston, and New Paltz offices. We also work hard to perfect our techniques and perform teeth-straightening procedures almost every day. Our practice is known for exceptional service, personalized care, and incredible results, so you can trust us with your family’s smiles! Get in touch with us today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Mansour and let’s get started!