Meet Dr. Mark Clauss, Your Middlebury Orthodontist
Dr. Clauss earned his dental degree in 2000 from Temple University and practiced general dentistry for 5 years before continuing his professional education to become an orthodontic specialist. He returned to school at SUNY Buffalo in 2005 to complete his post-doctoral specialty training in orthodontics and graduated in 2007. In 2017, Dr. Mark purchased his practice and rebranded the practice as Clauss Orthodontics in order to continue treating the patients and families in the Woodbury area.
He is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Greater Waterbury Dental Society
- Litchfield County Dental Society
- Phi Beta Kappa
In addition to his practice, Dr. Mark volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and enjoys, skiing restoring classic cars, and spending time his wife and son.
Why an Orthodontist in Middlebury? Orthodontist vs. Dentist.
Dr. Mark Clauss has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth, as have all orthodontists. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the necessary treatment plan for you. Not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist, even though every orthodontist starts as a dentist. Dr. Mark Clauss, like all orthodontists, continued their education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification.
Why Does It Matter if You See Your Middlebury Orthodontist?
Dentists receive basic orthodontic training so they can perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who don’t need to see an orthodontist yet. Specialists, on the other hand, receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic issues.
Seeing a specialist like a Middlebury orthodontist may change your braces experience by:
- Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
- Having personal experience treating multiple cases that are similar to your unique concerns and anatomical characteristics.
- More efficient treatment and visits, because it’s the office’s main focus.
- Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have worse than usual bite discrepancies that need to be dealt with
- Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
While you may think it’s easier to have your orthodontic work done by your dentist, convenience shouldn’t be a barrier to seeing a specialist. You will only be stopping by your Middlebury orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.
And don’t let price be a problem either! Clauss Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Middlebury area.
Testimonials from Middlebury Orthodontist Patients
I cannot express how happy I have been with the services provided by Dr. Clauss and his entire staff. After a horrific experience at another practice, my daughter was not thrilled to try again. The entire staff has gone out of their way to not only make her feel comfortable but have included her in every step of the process. They always have a ready smile and try to make each visit and the process fun through contests and rewards. The staff has been extremely helpful. My son is now a client and just got his braces on. His experience has also been very positive. I would not go anywhere else and highly recommend Dr. Clauss’ practice to anyone. - Elizabeth
Fantastic office, two locations make it very easy for our family to make it to appointments. The staff is caring and kind, and always gets us in for adjustments or small repairs when needed. Great payment plans and affordable options as well. Both of our kids enjoy visiting the office, and our son's smile has boosted his confidence and changed his face! We will easily be able to get our daughter into treatment if she also needs it. Highly recommend taking your child earlier rather than later! - Fred