Meet Your Utica Orthodontist

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Dr. Nicholas Rafaill

"As an orthodontist, I spend my days helping remarkable people change their lives. A person’s smile says so much about them and is often the first thing noticed. When someone is ashamed of their crooked teeth, they hide their smile and are often afraid to make eye contact. But when they have a beautiful smile, that person is confident and secure in social situations. They actively engage with others, talking and laughing, and yes, smiling, with nary a thought to how their teeth appear. They know their smile looks incredible."

-Dr. Nicholas Rafaill

Dr. Thomas Rafaill

Dr. Tom Rafaill was born in Rochester NY, during Dr. Nick’s orthodontic residency—his father—sparking his love for orthodontics. From a young age, he shadowed his father and grandfather in their orthodontic practices, where he learned the secrets to success in orthodontics.

Growing up in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, Dr. Tom went to Grosse Pointe North High School and was accepted into The University of Detroit Mercy’s accelerated seven-year dental program. After completing his undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Biology (after only three years!) he attended The University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, where he graduated summa cum laude with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2021.

Immediately after completion of his dental degree, he pursued his passion in orthodontics at The University of Rochester Eastman. This accelerated, two-year residency in orthodontics has been regarded as the top orthodontic program in the nation for decades.


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Trusted Utica Orthodontics

Straight Smiles Orthodontics
49050 Schoenherr Rd., #400
Shelby Township, MI 48315-3848

(NE corner of 22 Mile & Schoenherr)

(586) 884-0795

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM, every other Friday
Saturday: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Orthodontist vs. Dentist: Understanding the Difference

Orthodontists and dentists both play essential roles in maintaining oral health, but their areas of expertise differ significantly. Our Utica orthodontists specialize in diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities, while dentists provide general oral healthcare, including cleanings, fillings, and preventive treatments.

Specialized Education

Orthodontists undergo additional years of education focused on moving teeth and aligning jaws.

Tailored Treatments

Orthodontists use specialized techniques and equipment designed for straightening teeth and correcting bite issues.

Expertise in Alignment

Orthodontists have the training to handle complex cases involving tooth and jaw alignment.

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Advantages of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers numerous benefits that extend beyond achieving a straighter smile. Here’s how orthodontic care can enhance various aspects of your life:

Physical Health

Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. A well-aligned bite can also alleviate strain on the jaw muscles and joints, reducing the likelihood of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD).

Mental Well-being

A beautiful smile can significantly boost self-esteem and confidence. Knowing your teeth are straight and attractive reduces self-consciousness and anxiety in social situations, fostering a more positive self-image.

Social Interaction

An attractive smile makes a strong impression, helping you appear more approachable and friendly. This can enhance your social life, making it easier to build and maintain relationships.

Professional Success

In the workplace, a confident smile can enhance your professional image, making you appear more competent and confident. This is particularly beneficial in careers that involve frequent communication and interaction with clients, colleagues, or the public.

Transform Your Smile Today

Ready to achieve a beautiful, straight smile and improve your quality of life? Contact us at Straight Smiles Orthodontics today to schedule your free consultation. As your Utica orthodontist, we are here to provide you with personalized, expert orthodontic care. Start your journey to a healthier, more confident smile now!