Meet Dr. Mark Clauss, your Watertown 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 Watertown 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 Watertown?
Exploring the Differences Between Orthodontists and Dentists
An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist.
All orthodontists are dentists first, even though not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist. Dr. Clauss, like all orthodontists, has to continue their formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Clauss has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.
Why does it matter if you see your Watertown Orthodontist?
Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treating young children who do not yet need to see an orthodontist. However, specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems.
Seeing a specialist like an orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:
- Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
- Having personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concern and anatomical characteristics.
- More efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office’s focus area of care.
- Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite discrepancies that need to be addressed.
- Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
While some may think individuals may think it’s easier to have their orthodontic work completed by their dentist, but convenience shouldn’t be a problem, because you will only be stopping by your Watertown orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.
We Love Success Stories
We take great pride in the work we provide for our patients. Creating beautiful new smiles on a daily basis is one of the most rewarding parts of our job. Hear from some people just like you.
“Dr. Clauss and his team are friendly and welcoming. It’s easy to get an appointment and they do everything they can to accommodate my schedule. They’re very positive and get the kids excited! They run contests and promotions throughout the year, and the patients also get to earn point to redeem for popular gift cards! I take both of my daughters here and wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else!” - Shannon
“We are very happy with the care we received here. Two of our older boys had their orthodontic work done elsewhere. I wish we had found Clauss Orthodontics sooner, so they could have the great level of care and attention that our youngest son received at Clauss. From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted kindly. Everyone we encountered was always friendly and listened to what you say. The staff really cares that the child is comfortable, and they thoroughly explain everything to both the patient and the parents. We are extremely happy with the two-plus years of treatment our son received, and with his beautiful smile.” - Lisa