Dentists and orthodontists may differ in services, but they are both equally important. While Dr. Michael Sokoloff and the team here at Sokoloff Orthodontics in White Plains, NY provide orthodontic treatment to people of all ages with conditions that vary in severity, we also recognize the importance of continuing to see your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and check-ups.
Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Similarities
Both a dentist and an orthodontist build their careers in the same way (e.g., they both attend dental school after graduating a bachelor’s degree program). Subsequently, a dentist will be awarded a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry), depending on what they choose to specialize in, while a future orthodontist will need to complete a two to residency at an American Dental Association university-affiliated program.
Dentists vs. Orthodontists: Differences
You can think of a dentist as the primary care physician for your teeth; they perform routine maintenance and ensure that your mouth remains healthy overall. Some dentist specific procedures include:
- Root canals
An orthodontist like Dr. Sokoloff in White Plains, NY, on the other hand, is a specialist. If a dentist cannot assist you in correcting a dental condition, they will, oftentimes, refer you to an orthodontist. And orthodontic offices like Sokoloff Orthodontics focus on the alignment of your teeth and malocclusions typically referring to one of the following:
- Severe overcrowding
- Tooth gaps
The most common form of orthodontic treatment is braces. Braces can help address a number of the aforementioned conditions, but can only be installed by an orthodontist.
Dr. Sokoloff and the team here at Sokoloff Orthodontics understand the importance of maintaining a healthy dental routine while receiving orthodontic treatment. Braces especially, can make maintaining dental hygiene particularly difficult and result in cavities or worse. Be sure to heed the advice of Dr. Sokoloff and the team here at Sokoloff Orthodontics in White Plains, NY for optimal dental health, and regularly visit your dentist.
Dr. Michael Sokoloff and the team at Sokoloff Orthodontics are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining Invisalign in Westchester County, NY: White Plains, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, or Fairview, NY, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sokoloff, contact Sokoloff Orthodontics at: 914.949.0068