Difference Between Orthodontics & Dentistry?


You may know that orthodontics and dentistry both relate to teeth, but do you know what differentiates the forms of service these two areas offer? If you’re in need of treatment for your teeth, you need to know. Both dentists and orthodontists work on oral health and dental care, but they can help your teeth in different ways.

Why Dentistry?

Dentistry deals more with gums, nerves, and general tooth health and oral hygiene. Dentists specialize in preventing/treating cavities, gum diseases, and tooth decay. Additionally, dentists can restore the health and function of teeth with treatments like veneers, crowns, and bridges. There are also some very cosmetic aspects of dentistry like teeth whitening, which aim to improve the appearance of your teeth.

Why Orthodontics?

Orthodontics focuses on the straightening of teeth and on correcting misaligned bites. Orthodontists have a wide variety of tools at their disposal to help align teeth and jaws, including braces and aligners, as well as more specialty appliances like temporary anchorage devices and surgical options like jaw surgery. My Orthodontist is a trusted orthodontic treatment practice that provides these types of services and more to Lawrenceville, West New York, Cherry Hill, Deptford, East Orange, Paterson, Bayonne, and Medford, New Jersey, as well as Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Our Orthodontists

All orthodontists across our nine offices have high levels of training and experience getting great smile results. Our practice has assembled a dynamic team, including:


The practice as a whole is lead by Dr. Ronald Saffar. Dr. Saffar has been creating beautiful smiles since 2002. He is passionate about impacting people's lives in a positive way with orthodontic treatment. He earned his dental degree and completed specialty training in orthodontics at the prominent New York University School of Dentistry. He also completed a six-month fellowship in surgical orthodontics at the New York University School of Medicine, providing him with additional training in management of difficult orthodontic cases. Dr. Saffar is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and Mercer County Dental Society. He is also a past president of the Hudson County Dental Society and the current president of the Mercer Dental Society. In addition, Dr. Saffar has had several abstracts published and has lectured at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) convention, New York Greater Dental meeting, and the IADR meeting. You can learn more about Dr. Saffar and the other amazing doctors at My Orthodontist by clicking here.

Who Should I See?

So, should you go to an orthodontist or dentist for your dental care? If you have a toothache, notice a cavity, or need an annual dental cleaning, see your dentist for a checkup! If you need treatment for crooked teeth or biting issues due to jaw misalignment, an orthodontist will be able to help you. Typically, if you explain those orthodontic-related concerns to your dentist, they will refer you to a skilled orthodontist in your area.

Contact Our Orthodontics Practice Today

Orthodontics and dentistry may have their differences, but they work hand-in-hand to create healthy, beautiful smiles, which is what we are passionate about here at My Orthodontist. To schedule an appointment with a doctor in one of our nine offices and get started on your orthodontic treatment, fill out our online form today!

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