Orthodontics

Orthodontist in Brooklyn NY

Our Orthodontist at Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics provides care for children from young to early adults in the care of their dental development. Contact us today to learn more, and to book an online appointment. We serve patients from Brooklyn, NY and surrounding areas.

Orthodontist in Brooklyn NY
Orthodontist in Brooklyn NY

Table of Contents:

What does an orthodontist do?
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
Can orthodontists do fillings?
When should I go to the orthodontist?

Many patients get orthodontists and dentists confused when it comes to booking an appointment for their dental health, while they both specialize in the same medical field and practice proper oral health, the training, education, and roles are vastly different. At Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics, we provide distinctively different oral healthcare within our practice in Brooklyn NY. Our dental clinic provides top-quality dental and orthodontic treatments completed by our doctors and exceptional staff. At Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in working within the best interests of our patients, and we are committed to delivering top-quality, high-level dental care to our patients in our safe, comfortable, and caring environment.

What does an orthodontist do?


An orthodontist is a specialty dentist who has been extensively trained to diagnose, prevent, and help treat any teeth and jaw problems. Orthodontists correct existing conditions and will identify any issues that can develop in the future. Our orthodontists work with patients of any age from young children to seniors.

The orthodontist’s primary goal is to ensure their patients get their teeth fixed or have removable devices applied like braces, retainers, and bands to ensure the change of the teeth’s position within the mouth aligns and makes it easier for the patient to chew, eat, smile, etc. Orthodontists can also treat the following:

Crooked teeth
Bite problems like cross, underbite, and overbite
Crowded teeth
Over spaced teeth
Jaw misalignment

What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?


Orthodontists and dentists both specialize in the specific field of oral healthcare. Dentists are considered doctors who have extensively trained and studied general dentistry while diagnosing and treating oral conditions with your teeth, gums, mouth, and tongue.

Orthodontists also receive similar training to dentists, but they go an additional route for training and specialize in diagnosing and treating any misalignments of the teeth and jaw.

Dentists also provide the following dental services:

Dental x-rays
Fill cavities
Extract damaged and/or decayed teeth
Repair cracked teeth
Promote oral health
Promote oral hygiene
Fill and bond any damaged teeth
Diagnose and treat gum disease
Prescribe options for treatment
Teeth whitening
Dental crowns
Dental veneers
Care for children’s teeth development
Perform oral surgery

Orthodontists also provide the following dental services:

Analysis of facial growth within child patients of their jawline and bite
Diagnose and treat any teeth and jaw misalignment
Create a customized treatment plan for our patients which may include braces and retainers
Straightening teeth surgeries
Install dental appliances that may include orthodontic headgear, braces, palatal expanders, and/or Herbst appliances

Can orthodontists do fillings?


Even though orthodontists have completed the same education and training as dentists but have completed extra education and training they focus on other aspects of dental health. Orthodontists often will not work on fillings, as they specialize in different services within the same industry.

However, often orthodontists and dentists will work within the same clinic together which makes it easier for patients who are already going to an orthodontist for services like braces and other dental services, can easily visit the dentist within the same clinic for a filling. This is what is so fantastic about Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics, we have dentists and orthodontists working together in our clinic to help all of the patients here, in the end, you will be taken great care of.

When should I go to the orthodontist?


At Friends Family Dental and Orthodontics, we follow specific recommendations and guidelines when it comes to children and their orthodontic health. The guidelines and recommendations laid out by the American Academy of Orthodontists that a child by the age of 7 should have an orthodontic examination due to children having a wide disparity in tooth development at the age of 7, which can be difficult for dentists to tell if the child does have an orthodontic issue, or if it is just normal development, this is where orthodontists come in. As well, an early orthodontic examination provides the access to catching issues easier on during the child’s natural growth process.

For more information, call us. We serve patients from Brooklyn NY, Manhattan NY, Bronx NY, Hoboken NJ, West New York NJ and surrounding areas.