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Should You Be Treated By An Orthodontist Or A Dentist – What Is the Difference?

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, how your teeth rest together when your mouth is closed (occlusion), and creating a smile with teeth that line up straight.

What is a General Dentist?

General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health.

It is very important that you maintain your regular check-ups with your dentist and schedule hygiene appointments all throughout your orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth will last you a life-time.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist receives additional three years of specialized full-time training at an accredited post-graduate orthodontic residency program after completing four years of dental school.

Why Do I Need Dr. Inna Gellerman, to Straighten My Teeth?

  • Othodontist Dr. Gellerman has years of additional training and greater understanding of how to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and devise a plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.
  • Dr. Gellerman is a Board Certified Orthodontist. She has maintained the highest standard of continuing education and demonstrated to an elite group of orthodontists that she has superior knowledge and skills.
  • Dr. Gellerman offers expert knowledge of new and emerging technologies.
  • There are many different and new treatment options in orthodontics today – but only Dr. Gellerman can tell you what the best treatment is for your smile. This takes years of training, experience, and expertise.

At Gellerman Orthodontics patients can count on a straight smile, every single time. Our Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Inna Gellerman has years of training, and is a certified expert on the latest dental advancements such as Invisalign® technology. Each Invisalign® case is unique and requires supstantial knowledge and training to achieve desirable results. Braces can be expensive, so some individuals seek out more affordable options such as clear-tooth aligning systems sold online. While ordering orthodontia by mail may seem like a viable alternative, it comes with more risks than advantages. There is no “do it yourself” when it comes to straightening teeth. Since there is no technician present to monitor the progress of your clear-aligner system, the treatment often leaves patients disappointed. Attempting to move your teeth with mail-order orthodontics may cause tooth loss, oral decay and eventually lead to more expensive dental work.

Effective Invisalign® cases require orthodontic specialists who understand how to treat and correct crooked teeth. Since orthodontic appliances are only as successful as the expertise of the dentist who prescribes and designs them, they should only be administered by Invisalign®-trained doctors. By seeing a doctor in person, patients can address oral hygiene concerns, aligner problems and overall oral health. Having a local orthodontist examine your teeth is key to achieving a brighter and straighter smile. Dr. Inna Gellerman takes pride in compassionately treating patients in the New York area. She is nationally recognized as an Invisalign® Top 1% Provider and can give you the beautiful, straight teeth you’ve always longed for.

Want to Learn More?

If you have further questions about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, just give Dr. Gellerman a call (631) 427-8444 and we’ll be happy to schedule your FREE consultation. We are conveniently located at 165 Main St., Huntington, NY on Long Island. We look forward to hearing from you.

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