Orthodontist

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The field of orthodontics has come a long way in recent years, and orthodontists now have a wide variety of tools and techniques at their disposal to correct even the most severe cases of misalignment.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose an experienced and qualified orthodontist. Dr. Daya is a fellow of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), a status that only 50% of orthodontists have achieved, and has helped thousands of patients achieve a straighter, healthier smile. He will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals.

Whether you are an adult, teen, or child, Dr. Daya can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. He offers a variety of orthodontic treatments, including traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign® and the latest in technology lingual “hidden” braces. To learn more about your treatment options and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daya, please contact our office today.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What does an Orthodontist do?

An orthodontist is a dentist who goes to two-three years of specialized training in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The treatments an orthodontist may provide include braces, invisalign, retainers, and other corrective devices. Orthodontists also work with patients to prevent dental problems from occurring.

Orthodontists use a variety of tools and techniques to straighten teeth and correct bite problems. They may use braces, which are metal or clear ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth and can go in front of or behind the teeth. Braces apply pressure to the teeth over time to move them into the proper position. Retainers, which are removable devices that hold the teeth in place, are to be used after braces are removed. Invisalign are custom removable plastic trays that the patients wear around 21hrs a day to straighten their teeth. Other corrective devices that may be used include headgear, which helps to guide the growth of the jaw, and palatal expanders, which widen the arch of the palate.

Orthodontists also work with patients to prevent dental problems from occurring. They may provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly, and they may recommend the use of mouthguards to protect the teeth from injury. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

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Is every dentist an orthodontist?

No. Every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. Orthodontists complete an additional two to three years of training beyond dental school to specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

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Do orthodontists clean teeth?

Orthodontists are not responsible for cleaning teeth, but they may provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly. Orthodontists may also recommend the use of mouthguards to protect the teeth from injury. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

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How many years does it take to be an orthodontist?

It takes approximately four years to complete dental school and two to three years of additional training to become an orthodontist.

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Can orthodontists do root canal?

Orthodontists are not responsible for performing root canals, but they may be able to refer you to a dentist who specializes in this procedure. Root canals are typically performed by endodontists, who are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the pulp or nerve of the tooth. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly, and they may recommend the use of mouthguards to protect the teeth from injury. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

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What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

The main difference between a dentist and an orthodontist is that an orthodontist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, while a dentist provides general dental care. Dentists may refer patients to orthodontists for specialized treatment. Orthodontists use a variety of tools and techniques to straighten teeth and correct bite problems, while dentists provide general dental care such as cleaning, fillings, and extractions.

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Are orthodontists higher than dentists?

Orthodontists complete an additional two to three years of training beyond dental school, which allows them to specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Because of this extra training, orthodontists are considered experts in their field, and they are often able to provide more comprehensive care than dentists.

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Do orthodontists do surgery?

Orthodontists do not typically perform surgery, but they may be able to refer you to a dentist or oral surgeon who specializes in this type of procedure. Orthodontists use a variety of tools and techniques to straighten teeth and correct bite problems, and they may also provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly, and on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daya.

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What age is appropriate for orthodontics?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the appropriate age for orthodontics depends on the individual patient’s needs. The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends the first visit to an orthodontist be at the age of 7, some patients may benefit from treatment at a younger age, while others may not need treatment until they are older. The best way to determine if you or your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. During the consultation, the orthodontist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth, and will develop a customized treatment plan based on your individual needs.

To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daya.

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How many years does it take to be an orthodontist?

It takes approximately four years to complete dental school and two to three years of additional training to become an orthodontist.

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Do orthodontists clean teeth?

Orthodontists are not responsible for cleaning teeth, but they may provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly. Orthodontists may also recommend the use of mouthguards to protect the teeth from injury. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

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What does the orthodontist do on your first appointment?

During your first appointment, the orthodontist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth. The orthodontist may also take X-rays and photos. After the examination, the orthodontist will discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have.

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Do orthodontists only do braces?

Orthodontists use a variety of tools and techniques to straighten teeth and correct bite problems. They may use braces, which are metal or clear ceramic brackets that are attached to the teeth. Braces apply pressure to the teeth over time to move them into the proper position. Retainers, which are removable devices that hold the teeth in place, may also be used after braces are removed. Other corrective devices that may be used include headgear, which helps to guide the growth of the jaw, and palatal expanders, which widen the arch of the palate. Orthodontists also work with patients to prevent dental problems from occurring. They may provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly, and they may recommend the use of mouthguards to protect the teeth from injury. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

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What do orthodontists do on the first visit?

Orthodontists will usually perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth on your first visit. They may also take X-rays and photos to help develop a customized treatment plan. After the examination, the orthodontist will discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have.

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What can an orthodontist fix?

An orthodontist can correct a wide variety of dental problems, including crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, and bite problems. Orthodontists may use braces, retainers, invisalign, headgear, and other corrective devices to straighten the teeth and correct bite problems. They can also provide guidance on how to brush and floss properly, and they may recommend the use of mouthguards to protect the teeth from injury. Orthodontists may also provide guidance on diet and nutrition to help prevent tooth decay.

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How long do braces usually take?

The length of time that braces will be worn varies depending on the individual. In general, however, most people wear braces for one to two years. After the braces are removed, retainers may be worn to help keep the teeth in their new position.

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How often do you see the orthodontist?

Most orthodontists recommend that patients come in for a check-up every eight to ten weeks. During these visits, the orthodontist will check the progress of the treatment and make any necessary adjustments

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Do orthodontists remove wisdom teeth?

Orthodontists do not typically remove wisdom teeth. That is typically done by an oral surgeon. However, if the wisdom teeth are impacting the alignment of the teeth, the orthodontist may recommend their removal and refer you to an Oral Surgeon.

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Do orthodontists fix cavities?

Orthodontists are not typically responsible for fixing cavities. That is typically done by a dentist. However, if the orthodontist notices a cavity, they may recommend that you see a dentist for treatment.

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Should I go to the dentist or orthodontist for braces or Invisalign?

Orthodontists use braces or Invisalign to correct dental and facial irregularities. Dentists may also provide braces, but they are not specialists in this area. Orthodontists have the training and experience necessary to properly diagnose and treat bite problems. If you are considering getting braces, it is best to consult with an orthodontist to get the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Can I wear braces at 40?

Absolutely, patients of all ages can wear braces or invisalign. It is recommended to have a consultation with an orthodontist to determine if treatment is necessary and to make sure the dentition and all surrounding tissues are in good condition to receive orthodontic treatment.

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How often should you get teeth cleaned with braces?

It is important to keep your teeth clean and healthy when you have braces. Orthodontists typically recommend that patients brush and floss after every meal, and they may also recommend the use of interdental brushes or water flossers. Patients should also see their dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. It is generally recommended that patients with braces get their teeth cleaned every three to six months.

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Are braces covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost of braces. However, coverage varies depending on the individual plan. You can contact our office and we can help you know if your insurance offers any benefits. In case your insurance does not cover or you don’t have insurance, we offer financing options to make treatment more affordable.

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How do I tell my dentist I need braces?

Your orthodontist will likely recommend that you get braces after conducting a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. During this examination, the orthodontist will assess the alignment of your teeth and bite. If they determine that braces are necessary, they will develop a treatment plan. Once the treatment plan is developed, the orthodontist will discuss it with you and answer any questions you may have. They will then place the braces on your teeth and adjust them as needed throughout the treatment process.