Orthodontics 101

Not smiling in pictures? People notice!


What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a type of dentist that has studied how to move teeth and provide you with a perfect smile for an additional 2-3 years after dental school. While all orthodontists are dentists, less than 6% of dentists are orthodontists. Ask your orthodontic provider if they have pursued this additional training.


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is officially know as Orthodontics and Dentofacial orthopedics.


What is the purpose of orthododontics?

The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of "bad bite," or as an orthodontist calls it, malocclusion. When you have a malocclusion, that means your teeth and /or jaw don't line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not be healthy and your jaws may not be balanced. There is a lot more to orthodontics than just straightening teeth! While some people may think the best result is just to straighten the teeth, Dr. Rubensteen strives for the ideal result - a smile that complements your face and fixes your bite - all while straightening your teeth.


How do orthodontists do their magic?

To fix bad bites, or malocclusions, orthodontists use braces and other corrective appliances (i.e. Invisalign or spring retainers) to achieve teeth that are aligned with a more harmonious bite. Braces can take anywhere from a few months to a few years depending on how much work needs to be done.