Dentist vs. Orthodontist

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Difference Between Dentist and an Orthodontist

dentist vs orthodontist

You probably know that you need to visit your dentist at least twice a year for optimal oral health. But when it comes time to consider getting braces, you may find yourself being referred to an orthodontist. Certainly, some dentists offer orthodontic solutions like Invisalign, but there are some key differences between your dentist and your orthodontist.

The truth is that not only do dentists and orthodontists offer different types of treatment solutions, but they also hold different qualifications.

Understanding Orthodontia

Dentistry specializes in working with the jaw, gum, nerves and the teeth. Orthodontia is a branch of dentistry that offers a focus on the face, teeth, and jaws. The goal of orthodontia is to ensure the best in function and aesthetics from the face, teeth, and jaws. This is most often achieved with fixed braces, aligner tray systems and other types of orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontists have the same qualifications as a dentist. They have undergone the same type of education and training as the dentists have. On top of this, the orthodontist-in-training will go through an additional three-year postgraduate course. Prior to starting orthodontic training, the dentist will need to undergo hands-on experience with restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and maxillofacial surgery. This training will be earned most often in hospitals and dental clinics that are affiliated with dental schools.

The orthodontist who treats your misalignment issues is a fully trained and experienced dentist, who has undergone additional training and hands-on experience in order to best know how to treat concerns with your face, teeth, and jaws.

Do Dentists Offer Orthodontic Treatments?

Some general dentists may offer their patients orthodontic treatments. However, it is worth considering that your dentist will not likely have the same type of experience and training as an orthodontist will have.

If you need braces for teens and other youngsters, it’s best to seek out the best orthodontist in El Dorado Hills. This is because an orthodontist will be well familiar with the physical changes that patients will be undergoing. They will also understand how it can impact the orthodontic treatment.

Some types of orthodontic treatment most often offered by dentists include Invisalign aligners. These systems use a series of aligner trays that will gradually adjust misaligned teeth into the desired position. There is very little hands-on treatment needed with these types of systems. Dr. Christopher Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, says that many patients who undergo Invisalign aligners are very happy with their results.

Visit Lyons Orthodontics

Both the dentist and the orthodontist will help patients to see an improvement in their oral health. Just know that they can help through differing approaches. Whether you need a full set of braces or Invisalign, you’ll find benefit in calling Lyon’s Orthodontics. If you are in need of an orthodontist, El Dorado Hills patients will find that Lyon’s Orthodontics offers treatment plans and solutions that will meet your needs. Visit Lyons Orthodontics for a free no-obligation smile consultation! 

Holiday Treats That Are Braces Friendly

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holiday treats that are braces friendly - lyons orthodonticsWho loves celebrating the holidays? We do! At Lyons Orthodontics, we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. Holiday treats are a big part of celebrating this time of year, which can be tough for those who wear braces. We don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun just because you have braces! In this article, we’re sharing a few yummy holiday treats that are braces friendly!

Soft and Non-sticky Treats

Since you have braces, you have to avoid some foods that could potentially harm your orthodontic application. Luckily, there are a number of delicious sweet treats that are not overly chewy. They’re soft, non-sticky and won’t damage your brackets.

Some of these include the following.

  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Sugar cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cake and cupcakes
  • Cheesecake, including chocolate cheesecake!
  • Soft chocolates, including those that will simply melt when you pop them in your mouth
  • Ice cream
  • Bread pudding

All of these great holiday favorites are sure to be a great choice for you to enjoy when you’re wearing braces around the holiday season. 

Sweet Treats to Avoid

Whether you’re just got braces on top teeth or you have both top braces and lower braces, there are some sweet treats that you definitely need to avoid this holiday season.

Some of these include the following.

  • Toffees, caramels, and fudge
  • Candy canes, lollipops, and other hard candies
  • Taffy and jelly beans
  • Peanut brittle
  • Popcorn and pretzels
  • Any type of nuts

Tips for Protecting Your Braces This Season

If you know that you or your child will be attending a number of holiday events this year, you should consider baking and taking your own sweet treats that you know are safe for braces.

  • Chocolate treats that include brownies or cupcakes
  • Soft cookies, like sugar cookies or snickerdoodles
  • Gelatin-based candies that are soft and easy to chew
  • Mini pumpkin or apple pies, stay away from pecan pie
  • Ice cream, there are many holiday season inspired flavors to consider

If your teen is feeling down about having braces during the holidays, remind them that they can still enjoy holiday treats. There are countless options for delicious sweet and savory treats that will help to celebrate this holiday season with a tasty style! ‘Tis the season of eating yummy treats and spending time with the ones we love. 

Keep in mind that if you have adult braces, like the Invisalign Clear Aligners, you should remove your aligner before you enjoy your favorite holiday treats. Make sure that you carefully brush and floss before you put them back in.

If you’re ready to discuss what an orthodontic treatment plan looks for you or your child, contact Lyons Orthodontics! We offer FREE no-obligation consultations. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted!

Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Braces

Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Braces - Lyons Orthodontics

Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Braces

Who here absolutely loves candy? We know a majority of you answered yes! Candy may be a yummy treat, but it’s one of the leading causes of broken/bent wires. If you have braces, you should avoid eating candy. That may be a little tricky to do since Halloween is coming up. No need to worry, you can still celebrate Halloween! In this article, we discuss the best and worst Halloween candy for braces. Happy Halloween!

Worst Candy for Braces

  • Chewy Candies. For the good of your braces, orthodontic professionals at Lyons Orthodontics in El Dorado Hills, CA, recommend avoiding any chewy candies this Halloween. If you aren’t sure what candies we’re referring to, then think of Tootsie Rolls, Skittles, Airheads, Starburst, Jelly beans, Laffy Taffy and Air Heads. When you eat chewy candy, you risk having your braces bent or broken.
  • Hard Candies. Sorry to break this to you, but hard candies aren’t good for your braces! Their adverse effects include staining the elastics of your braces, bending the wires, breaking the brackets, and causing tooth decay. Hard candies include, but are not limited to: jolly ranchers, jawbreakers, and butterscotch. Eating hard candy could do serious damage to your braces and your dental health. At Lyons Orthodontics, we want you to have the best Just Smile experience possible! So, please skip the hard candies this Halloween!
  • Caramel. Now this will break a lot of hearts among kids and teens, but caramels, regardless of whether they are hard or soft, aren’t good for anyone wearing braces. These candies could tear your brackets, and they can get stuck in your braces. Sugar Babies, Toffees, candy apples, and caramel apples are not recommended for people with braces.
  • Candies and Candy Bars with Nuts. Our friend Dr. Jordan Smith, a dentist in Georgetown, Kentucky, says that any candy that contains nuts are not for people with braces. At Lyons Orthodontics in El Dorado Hills, we have seen way too many braces that have been damaged by candies and candy bars containing nuts. For that reason, we urge patients to confiscate candies like Snickers, Payday, Babe Ruth, Almond Joy, Hershey’s with Almonds, and any other candies that have nuts in them.

Best Candy for People with Braces

  • Pure Chocolate. If you have braces, one of the best things that you can eat during Halloween is pure chocolate. Pure chocolate won’t damage your braces; it is easy to chew and is less likely to cause tooth decay like other candies. As long as the chocolate doesn’t have any nuts or caramel, go ahead and give yourself a treat! Hershey’s Kisses, Dove, Hershey’s bars, and any other brand of pure chocolate is okay to eat if you wear braces.
  • Mint Patties. Our orthodontists in El Dorado Hills condone mint patties! They freshen your breath and are incredibly tasty. Since they don’t pose any danger to your braces, you can go ahead and enjoy them during Halloween. However, it is advisable to brush your teeth after eating mint patties since they contain lots of sugar.
  • Peanut Butter Cups. Peanut butter cups are a perfect choice for people who love eating candy with nuts. These candies are highly unlikely to damage your braces, yet they allow you to enjoy chocolate with a touch of protein in it.
  • Milky Way and 3 Musketeers. For all of our sticky candy lovers, Milky Way, and 3 Musketeers can make a safe candy choice. For example, the caramel found in Milky Way is not so hard that it would damage your brackets and wires.

Now that you know what candies to eat and what to avoid this Halloween, you can enjoy this spooky holiday! Keep in mind that our recommendations above are only for people who have braces. If you’re in doubt, give our El Dorado Hills or Fair Oaks orthodontic office a call, and we will answer any questions you have. We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!