October 30, 2018
Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference is that all orthodontists like Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.
How are they similar?
The main similarity between a dentist and orthodontist is that they both focus on oral care. An orthodontist can work in a dental office and provide the same care as a dentist. So in this respect, they are quite similar. They are both considered doctors, and deal with the teeth and gums.
How are they different?
There are more differences than similarities. An orthodontist requires additional schooling as a dental specialty; the situation is similar to a doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon. Another difference is that orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. If a patient has an overbite, a dentist will refer him or her to an orthodontist.
Dentists typically encourage good oral hygiene and provide services related to:
- Tooth decay
- Root canals
- Gum disease
- Teeth whiteningOrthodontists are dentists that specialize in the alignment of teeth, and provide services related to:
- Misaligned teeth
- Crowded teeth
What an orthodontist can help with
Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, but they assist patients with other issues as well. These include overbites and underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding of teeth, and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Additional problems with the jaw also need to be treated by an orthodontist.
While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, TMJ treatments, and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you require.
To learn more about the difference between dentists and orthodontists, or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please call our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.
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July 30, 2018
By Dr. Andrew Grillo
I am thrilled to join the Davis & Davis Orthodontics team! Joining this practice in my hometown is a dream come true and I look forward to contributing to the progressive orthodontic treatment that Drs. Dale and Lisa have been providing for over 20 years. I want to help build on their culture of excellence and strive to be a strong role model in the community that has given so much to me.
Family is an essential component of my everyday life and the husband and wife dynamic of the Davis doctors attracted me to the welcoming environment that is evident in the practice. I married my high school sweetheart, Lindsey, and we have a one-year-old daughter, Addison. Growing up as the youngest of six children has created a stable foundation for me to rely on and is the reason I am the person I am today. It’s truly a blessing to have my parents and many of my siblings still located in the Great Lakes Bay area.
I believe that orthodontics is not only about creating beautiful smiles but also about connecting with people in a way that helps establish long-term relationships. My goal is to create a positive rapport with every patient and ultimately enhance self-esteem through a confident smile.
I am excited to start this journey with the Davis & Davis Orthodontics family and look forward to meeting you soon!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (989) 631-1334 or email me at email@example.com
July 25, 2018
By Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Andrew Grillo has returned to his hometown of Midland to join the Davis & Davis Orthodontics family! Dr. Grillo will help us continue to grow our practice while maintaining our tradition of excellent orthodontic care in the Great Lakes Bay region.
Both Midland natives and Midland High School alumni, Dr. Grillo and his wife Lindsey have a one-year old daughter, Addison. They both completed their undergraduate studies as student-athletes at Central Michigan University, where Andrew was a discus thrower on the track team and Lindsey was an outside hitter on the volleyball team. Dr. Grillo graduated as the president of his dental class at the University of Michigan and most recently received his Master of Science in Dentistry degree and Certificate in Orthodontics from the orthodontic residency at Indiana University. Dr. Grillo enjoys spending time with family and friends and anything that involves sports. He also has a passion for the outdoors, particularly spending time in northern Michigan.
Dr. Grillo’s personality and philosophy align perfectly with ours. We love connecting with people and have learned that is important to Dr. Grillo as well. He enjoys getting to know his patients and takes an active interest in their personal growth throughout treatment. He is committed to offering the same high standard of care in a warm, engaging, and technology-forward environment that our office is known for. Giving back to the community is another mutual goal of ours. Dr. Grillo’s roots are in Midland and he’s looking forward to getting involved in the local schools, sports teams, and clubs.
With Dr. Grillo joining our team we can do more together than we could have done individually. We will serve more people in the community, work on ways to make orthodontic treatment more affordable, and add more perspectives as we develop our patients’ treatment plans. We will also be able to add more availability for scheduling. Dr. Grillo will bring new ideas, energy and insight, which will be appreciated by everyone who meets him.
It is great when you realize that a decision you made turns out even better than you originally thought. Dr. Grillo will certainly help raise the bar at Davis & Davis Orthodontics and we look forward to introducing him to you!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (989) 631-1334 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 24, 2018
These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie. Order food delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to your front door. However, at Davis & Davis Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for trained, experienced professionals when it comes to your dental health.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.
The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changes to your facial profile, and other issues. An orthodontist like Dr. Dale, Dr. Lisa, or Dr. Grillo has many tools in his or her arsenal to help create your beautiful smile – Invisalign, for example, is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully qualified and certified orthodontist involved when making any changes to your teeth.
The Top 10 Questions To Ask
The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:
- As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
- As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
- Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
- What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
- Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
- If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
- If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have?
- Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.
Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision
Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Dale, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Grillo earned their dental degrees (DDS) at University of Michigan and each went on to fulfil post-graduate residencies in Orthodontics. They have a commitment to regular continuing education and have years of experience providing high quality orthodontic treatment to their patients.
Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Davis & Davis Orthodontics. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile.
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