and Orthodontists THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DENTISTS
When you’re seeking care for your smile, it’s important to find the right specialist. While both orthodontists and dentists work to improve patients’ oral health, they focus on separate disciplines and are equipped with different areas of expertise, equipment, and techniques for dealing with mouth issues. Dentistry is a broad specialty, dealing with everything from gum care to crowns to root canals. Dentists can fill cavities, fit patients for dentures, and remove, repair, or clean teeth, amongst other things. Every qualified dentist has been through years of school to master their discipline, including a bachelor’s degree and a four- year doctoral program.
Orthodontics, however, is a narrower specialization within dentistry, requiring an additional two- to three-year residency in orthodontics in an ADA-approved university program. Orthodontists are experts who work primarily to align and develop the teeth and jaws to optimize their function and aesthetic qualities. An orthodontist is the expert you should seek out if you have misaligned, crowded, or improperly spaced teeth, or if you suffer from an over or underbite. A skilled orthodontist can fit you with Invisalign aligners, braces, retainers, or other devices that will straighten your teeth and improve the way they fit together and work. However, these days, some dentists will try to convince you that they’re qualified to
provide orthodontic treatment. This is especially true when it comes to Invisalign treatment, which, like braces, is a complicated orthodontic procedure that should only be done by a qualified orthodontist. A dentist is perfect for general oral health, but don’t be fooled into thinking they can also provide orthodontic treatment. It’s vital that you entrust the alignment of your teeth only to the experts. Besides being a licensed orthodontist with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Alexa Alborzi is an Invisalign Elite Provider, an award given only to the top 1 percent of all Invisalign providers in the country. Contact Alborzi Orthodontics today to set up a consultation and see the difference an experienced orthodontist makes.
REFRIED BEAN POBLANOS WITH CHEESE
Grid n°2116 easy BRAIN! Ingredients •
4 medium poblano chilies, halved and seeded 1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked long-grain rice
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1 cup (4 ounces) pre-shredded reduced- fat 4-cheese Mexican blend
1/2 cup picante sauce
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
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1. Place chili halves, cut sides up, on a round microwave-safe plate. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 3 minutes. 2. While chilies cook, combine beans, rice, and picante sauce in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spoon bean mixture into chili halves. Cover with wax paper; microwave on high 2 minutes. 3. Uncover chilies, sprinkle each half with 2 tablespoons cheese, and microwave on high 1–2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.
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