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Access Orthodontics, LLC

South Boston, MA 02127
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Access Orthodontics is a practice based in South Boston that cares for children, teens, and adults. The orthodontic clinic uses treatments including Invisalign and traditional braces. The doctor is a Clinical Instructor of Orthodontics at Boston University School of Medicine and is an Invisalign, lingual care, and iBraces certified provider.

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Beacon Orthodontic Associates

Brookline, MA 02446
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Beacon Orthodontic Associates maintains advanced technology in its Brookline clinic, including digital radiography, digital photography, and advanced computer graphics. The practice provides options for metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and Damon braces. Dr. Lisann has been practicing orthodontics since 1988 and stays active in the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Worcester District Dental Society.

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Belmont Orthodontics

Belmont, MA 02478
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Belmont Orthodontics has been serving patients for more than 40 years. The practice treats kids and adults with Invisalign, growth monitoring, malocclusion treatment, and lingual braces treatment. The doctor has more than 20 years of experience in orthodontics, and many of the staff has more than 15 years of experience in the field. The clinic aims to create a fun experience by holding contests, offering prizes, and setting up a Wall of Fame in the office.

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Boston Orthodontics

Boston, MA 02215
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The doctors at Boston Orthodontics has more than 20 years of experience in orthodontic care. The Boston clinic provides treatments such as braces, Invisalign, and TMJ treatment. Dr. Pat Brown is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Women Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of International Dental Studies, a founding member of the Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontists. She now serves as the President of the American Academy of Dental Sciences, the oldest dental honorary founded in 1863 in which she was also the third woman to be accepted.

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4.2

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Brookline Dental Specialists

Brookline, MA 02446
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Brookline Dental Specialists practices orthodontic care, pediatric care, and adult dentistry. The clinic uses traditional braces and Invisalign in its orthodontic practices, and also provides general prevention care and cosmetic dentistry. Patients have given positive feedback for the practice's friendly and compassionate staff.

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Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics

Marlborough, MA 01752
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Carvalho & Roth Orthodontics specializes in orthodontic care for children and adults. The practice, based in Marlborough, uses the latest orthodontic technology including clear braces, AcceleDent, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen. The clinic is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, and patients have given positive feedback for its clear explanations and friendly, professional staff and doctors.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (8)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Chestnut Dental

Needham, MA 02492
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Chestnut Dental, based in Needham, has been serving the area since 1970. The clinic's orthodontic services include pediatric care, Invisalign, and traditional braces. The practice uses a rewards program that rewards patients for good oral hygiene in return for prizes. The clinic also performs pediatric dentistry, adult dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Patients have praised Chestnut Dental for its kind staff who are great with kids.

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4.6 / 5 (53)
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3.5 / 5 (37)
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5.0 / 5 (27)

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Cleveland Circle Dental Associates

Brookline, MA 02445
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The founder of Cleveland Circle Dental Associates has more than 25 years of orthodontic experience. Based in Brookline, the orthodontic practice provides clear braces, dental aesthetic care, lingual braces, and digital x-ray evaluation. The clinic also performs general dentistry and pediatric dental care. Patients have praised Cleveland Circle Dental Associates for its talented and knowledgeable staff.

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Dental Arts of Boston

Boston, MA 02116
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Dental Arts of Boston practices orthodontic and dental care. The Boston clinic uses Invisalign and traditional braces in its orthodontic care, and its other services include digital x-rays, teeth whitening, dental implants, and prosthodontics. Patients have praised the practice for its gentle and thorough doctors.

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dotSmiles

Boston, MA 02124
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dotSmiles is a Boston orthodontic practice that provides treatments such as metal, ceramic, or plastic braces. The clinic cares for kids, teens, and adults, and also provides Invisalign and Invisalign Teen treatments. Dr. Joffre is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics, and attends the annual session at the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists. Patients have praised the practice for its friendly and personable staff.

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4.8 / 5 (14)

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Dr. Gwen Zhang, Orthodontist PC

West Roxbury, MA 02132
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Dr. Gwen Zhang, Orthodontist PC has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Dr. Zhang, whose practice is based in West Roxbury, teaches at the Orthodontics Department of Tufts School of Dental Medicine and received the Dr. Shippro Best Diagnosis & Treatment Plan award at Tufts. The doctor is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Association, and the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association.

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Everett Orthodontics

Everett, MA 02149
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Everett Orthodontics delivers orthodontic care for children and adults. The clinic's services include clear ceramic braces, self-litigating braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, and traditional metal braces. Dr. Salem is a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, and the Tufts Association of Orthodontists. Patients have given positive feedback for Everett Orthodontics' gentle, informative doctors, friendly staff, and knowledgeable work.

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Greater Boston Orthodontics

Waltham, MA 02452
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The founder of Greater Boston Orthodontics has more than 15 years of experience in orthodontics. Based in Waltham, the practice uses treatments such as dentofacial orthopedics, surgical orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery, mouth guards, Clearcorrect, AcceleDent, and Propel orthodontics. Patients have praised Greater Boston Orthodontics for its passionate, friendly, and professional staff.

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5.0 / 5 (166)
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4.8 / 5 (101)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Michael J. Cognata, DMD, MMS

Boston, MA 02109
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Michael J. Cognata, DMD, MMS has more than 25 years of experience in dental care for children and adults. The Boston orthodontic clinic uses treatments including braces, Invisalign, and Hawley retainers. The doctor is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and the American College of Dentists.

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5.0 / 5 (7)
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4.3 / 5 (6)

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Simply Orthodontics

Holliston, MA 01746
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Simply Orthodontics provides orthodontic care for children and adults, including Invisalign, Damon braces, clear braces, AcceleDent, and metal braces. The practice's orthodontists include members of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Worcester District Dental Society, the MetroWest District Dental Society, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Patients have praised Simply Orthodontics for its helpful, courteous staff.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Dentistry is a broad type of medical specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of the mouth, gums, throat, and overall oral care. An orthodontist is a type of dentist that specializes in fixing misaligned teeth, jaw alignment, and bite patterns. One way to distinguish between the two is that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. In their lifetime, everyone should regularly see a dentist. However, only people with specific dental problems will need to see an orthodontist.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialty dentist who receives advanced training to diagnose and treat overbites, overcrowded mouths, misaligned teeth and jaws, and occlusions. After diagnosing the issue, an orthodontist will recommend a treatment course that may include surgery, braces, retainers, tooth removal, and more. An orthodontist receives more training than a general dentist to become an expert in their specific field of dentistry.

Are orthodontists doctors?

Yes, all dentists are doctors of oral health. Dentists receive a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree or a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS). As orthodontists are a type of dentist, they qualify as a doctor.

What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

A dentist treats a wide variety of issues. An orthodontist is a specialist who has received extra training to focus on one aspect of dentistry — teeth and jaw alignment. An orthodontist has all the training the dentist has and could drop orthodontics and practice general dentistry. In comparison, a dentist would need to have the additional education to become an orthodontist. 

What does an orthodontist do?

People go to an orthodontist when they have teeth or jaw abnormalities. An orthodontist treats:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overly spaced teeth
  • Bite alignment issues, such as an overbite or an underbite
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Facial symmetry issues
The orthodontist's objective is to improve the patient's teeth so they have a straight and functioning smile that allows them to speak, eat, and look normal.

Do you have to be referred to an orthodontist?

Most orthodontists today don’t require a referral to book a consultation appointment with a new patient. However, you may wish to get a referral from your dentist to get a recommendation. If you’re hoping to get your orthodontic care covered by insurance, your insurance may require a referral. Contact your insurance provider to confirm your coverage and details.

Do orthodontists keep retainer molds?

People often lose or break their retainer. If that happens, they’ll need to visit their orthodontist and pay for a new retainer. Luckily, since orthodontists know this happens so frequently, most keep retainer molds on file to get a new one made for you immediately.

Do orthodontists pull teeth?

Yes, orthodontists can extract teeth in their treatment process. Pulling teeth is common for overcrowded teeth, braces, facial symmetry, jaw alignment, and other cases. Most often, if they think it's necessary for tooth extraction, they refer the patient to a general dentist or oral surgeon.

Do orthodontists remove wisdom teeth?

An orthodontist can recommend you have your wisdom teeth removed within their treatment plan, but they don't typically do this procedure themselves. Instead, wisdom teeth removal is usually done by a general dentist. If the case is particularly complicated, the patient may be referred to an oral surgeon for their wisdom teeth removal.

Do orthodontists reshape teeth after braces?

After doing all that work to align your teeth, your straight smile could sometimes be further improved with teeth contouring or reshaping. Both a general dentist and an orthodontist have the education and training necessary to offer these procedures to their patients.

Can you switch orthodontists when you have braces?

Yes, you can switch orthodontists when you have braces. You'll need to notify your orthodontist of your intentions, ask them to send your records to your new orthodontist, and make sure the new orthodontist has the same type of braces and treatments. Your current orthodontist may charge you a fee for leaving without finishing treatment.

Can you transfer orthodontists?

Yes, you can always transfer orthodontists. This is a service you're paying for and you reserve the right to work with someone new. But, ideally, you'll want to find a new orthodontist that is comfortable taking on your specific case before you notify your old orthodontist that you're leaving.

Do orthodontists clean teeth?

An orthodontist doesn’t typically clean their patient’s teeth. Patients will need to continue to see their regular dentist for check-ups and cleanings while receiving treatment with an orthodontist. However, at the beginning of your appointment, your orthodontist might do a light cleaning if necessary.

Can you get a new retainer from any orthodontist?

Yes, you can go to any orthodontist for a new retainer. However, it will likely cost more money. This is because your orthodontist will already have your impressions on file, while a new orthodontist will take a new impression of your teeth. This will also delay the process of getting the new retainer.

Does insurance cover orthodontics?

Most employers offer dental coverage. However, orthodontic coverage is usually limited (if provided at all) to children under the age of 18. You might be able to receive coverage if you can make a case that you need orthopedic care for your overall health, but this is rare. To be sure, contact your insurance provider directly. Many orthodontists offer payment plans for long-term treatment plans.

How do I become an orthodontist?

It typically takes between 10-11 years to become an orthodontist. The steps include:

  • Completing an undergraduate degree
  • Passing the Dental Admission Test
  • Graduating from an accredited dentistry school
  • Completing 2-3 years at an accredited orthopedic residency program
  • Passing the National Board Dental Examination
  • Obtaining a license to practice orthodontics. In some states, this means passing a special state exam.

How much do orthodontists make?

The national average salary for an orthodontist in the USA is $256,491. However, this salary can greatly vary depending on the state, hours worked, if the person owns their own practice, and other factors. Orthodontists also receive excellent benefits, such as license reimbursement, flexible schedules, and loan assistance.

How do I become an orthodontist assistant?

An orthodontist assistant will need to complete a certificate or associate’s degree in dental assisting and get certified to practice. Each state might have slightly different requirements, such as state exams, to become an orthodontist assistant. You’ll need to:

  • Review your state’s requirements
  • Choose a certification or associate's degree program in your area, enroll, and graduate
  • Pass the certification exam

How much does an orthodontist assistant make?

According to Payscale.com, the median annual salary for an orthodontist assistant in 2020 was $34,477. However, this salary can vary greatly depending on the state the orthodontist assisting is working in, the total hours worked, level of experience, and other factors.

Can a dental hygienist become an orthodontist?

A dental hygienist completes a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene to receive their accreditation. After this, they can choose to continue their education to become an orthodontist. They'll first need to complete a four-year doctoral program to get a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. After which, they'll continue on to an orthodontist specialty.

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