Are you aware that while all orthodontists are dentists, not all dentists are orthodontists? It is for this reason that your general dentist may recommend and refer you to see an orthodontist like Dr. Jay Harris.
As an orthodontist, Dr. Harris has completed an additional two to three year residency program specializing in orthodontic studies after graduating from dental school and a post graduate training program in dentistry. The primary focus of orthodontic studies is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of teeth and jaws that are incorrectly positioned or misaligned.
Dentists, who have completed dental school and post graduate training at a dental college, specialize in general oral health care… teeth, gums, and the evaluation, prevention and treatment of any problems associated with them. While both are doctors of teeth and overall oral health, orthodontists and dentists differ in their areas of expertise.
Jay Harris Orthodontics specializes in the proper alignment of a patients’ teeth which can affect speech, bite and the ability to chew. As a practice, our desire is to create healthy, beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime. It is important and we encourage our patients to make and keep their regularly scheduled dentist appointments every six months for a thorough cleaning and cavity check while undergoing orthodontic treat. Your dentist and dental hygienist can help you keep your gums healthy and teeth clean around your braces and appliances. It is also important that you are brushing and flossing daily.
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