An orthodontist prevents and treats mouth, teeth, and jaw problems. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person’s teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems also can be genetic or inherited.

So why would you go to the orthodontist?

Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a child who doesn’t like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

Meet Dr. Gideon Fersztman – OrthodonticsDr. Gideon Fersztman

Dr. Gideon Fersztman is originally from Los Angeles, California. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1998. Dr. Fersztman received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2002 from the UCLA School of Dentistry and his Orthodontics Specialty Certification from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2005.

Dr. Fersztman joined Dr. Gambacorta’s practice in 2005. He practices exclusively in Buffalo, New York and focuses on Orthodontic Treatment of Children and Adults. Dr. Fersztman continues to take advanced training in various aspects of Orthodontics which includes: Invisalign, Growth and Development, Straightwire, Bioprogressive and Segmental Mechanics.

Dr. Fersztman also is a member of the American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Erie County Dental Society and Eighth District Dental Society.