Orthodontics has been a recognized dental specialty for more than 100 years, making it the oldest specialty in dentistry. The science of modern orthodontics is nearly 50 years old. Those of us who practice modern orthodontics consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of the most enjoyable and rewarding specialty in dentistry.

Orthodontics is more than just moving teeth. Much of what we do affects the facial profile, shape of the face, breathing efficiency, swallowing and speech, along with many other factors. Orthodontists Associates of Western New York has been at the forefront of orthodontic patient care, for close to 50 years,

The history of our practice began in 1951 when our founder, Dominic A. Colarusso, Sr., graduated form the University of Buffalo’s School of Dentistry. After a few years as a general dentist, he returned to school. In 1961, Dr. Colarusso, Sr., otherwise known by his patients as “Dr. Bucky”, received his Certificate in Orthodontics from Columbia University.

Throughout the last century, orthodontic philosophies evolved around treatment of the permanent dentition. Practitioners of the profession were trained to wait until all the permanent teeth had erupted before initiating treatment. This led to a reactive approach to dental/facial development.

As time went on, some orthodontists recognized that taking on more proactive, rather than reactive, strategies could yield better results. Dr. Colarusso, Sr. and his associates were some of the first orthodontists to embrace an early orthodontic treatment approach on a day-to-day basis. This was a more practical approach, in their opinion, to reaching better-looking, more stable orthodontic results. These philosophies remain an integral part of our treatment planning today.

In 1993, Dr. Dominic Colarusso, Jr., Dr. Colarusso, Sr.’s son, and Dr. Steven Hietanen, Dr. Colarusso, Sr.’s nephew, formed Orthodontists Associates of Western New York, P.C. In  2010, Dr. Andrew Dusel joined the practice, helping to open a new office in Lancaster. Drs. Colarusso, Jr., Hietanen and Dusel continually advance the practice by implementing new technologies, enhancing their diagnosis and treatment planning. Our rich history, combined with cutting-edge technologies, has placed us on the path of seeking out and providing a higher standard of care for our patients.