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Barbieri Orthodontics

Nashville, TN 37211
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The friendly doctors and staff at Barbieri Orthodontics are dedicated to providing gentle, effective, and cost-effective care, and offer free initial consultations to first-time customers. Safe, state-of-the-art treatments are available for issues like overcrowding, misalignments, and TMJ, using devices like traditional metal braces, Invisalign braces, and Damon braces. Additional services include the AcceleDent system that speeds up tooth alignment, tooth extractions, and early intervention options to help younger children avoid dental problems later in life.

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Braces By Doctor Ruth

Nashville, TN 37203
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Braces By Doctor Ruth provides full-service orthodontic care to children and adults of all ages in a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment. The company's doctor offers a range of ceramic and metal braces to correct gaps, misalignments, crowding, and cosmetic issues, and the Invisalign system is also available for invisible, comfortable correction. Customers have written great reviews about the company's services and staff, like one happy customer who said, "They truly care about their patients and about you as a person."

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Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Smyrna, TN 37167
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Cumberland Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is a team of experienced dentists and orthodontists that offer gentle, professional, anxiety-free care for kids of ages with dental issues, even kids with special needs. The company's doctors offer a range of corrective options such as braces, invisible aligners, and removable appliances like retainers. Everyday dental care is available for children of all ages, including cavity prevention, tooth extractions, fillings, and crowns, and the company offers safe and effective sedation options for anxious children.

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Fowler Orthodontics

Franklin, TN 37064
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The doctor and staff at Fowler Orthodontics are committed to providing the highest level of care to customers of all ages, and one customer said, "We love Dr. Fowler and everyone at Fowler Orthodontics!" Every customer receives one-on-one attention, and the doctor uses the latest in diagnostic technology to design customized treatment plans for issues like crowded teeth, overbites, protruding teeth, and thumb-sucking in younger children. From braces to invisible aligners, Fowler Orthodontics is the place for happy, confident smiles.

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Gluck Orthodontics

Nashville, TN 37215
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Customers love the "top notch!" service at Gluck Orthodontics, and one happy customer said, "5 stars all the way!" The company's experienced orthodontists provide high-quality care for adults and children with dental issues and offer a range of orthodontics to correct problems like overbites, TMJ, and misaligned teeth. Treatment methods include adult braces, pediatric braces, and Invisalign invisible braces, as well as the patented AccelDent Aura system that helps speed up the alignment process. Customers can call or schedule an appointment on the company's website.

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James L. Ferguson Jr., D.D.S., M.S.D.

Franklin, TN 37067
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James L. Ferguson Jr., D.D.S., M.S.D. is a board certified orthodontist that offers complete, full-service care for adults and kids, and one customer said: "Dr Ferguson and his staff are the best in the industry!" Every new customer receives a thorough evaluation to find the source of jaw pain, eating issues, or misalignment, and the doctor personally installs customized corrective devices to help improve chewing and biting and give each customer a confident, comfortable smile. Customers can call or email the company for an appointment.

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Kemp Orthodontics

Franklin, TN 37064
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Kemp Orthodontics is an award-winning dental clinic that offers a "warm, friendly and professional" staff and a team of caring, experienced doctors. The company provides state-of-the-art corrective treatments for common problems like tooth overcrowding, over- and under-bites, and misaligned teeth and jaws. Treatment options include metal, ceramic, and invisible braces, as well as headgear, expanders, and removable appliances. The company accepts many types of insurance, and first-time customers can call or contact the company on the website to schedule a free initial exam.

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Mappes Orthodontics

Nashville, TN 37221
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For more than 20, years the caring doctor at Mappes Orthodontics has specialized in treating dental problems in children and adults of all ages, and customers appreciate that "He really cares about making sure your smile is perfect." The company provides a range of customized treatment options for common problems such as tooth overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and missing or extra teeth, using devices like braces, aligners, and customized appliances to create healthy, confident smiles. Customers can call the company to schedule an appointment.

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McKay's Mill Dental

Franklin, TN 37067
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McKay's Mill Dental is a Franklin orthodontic practice that offers professional care for all kinds of dental issues, as well as "the nicest dentist you could ask for!" The company's award-winning doctor performs general dentistry like fillings, crowns, and root canals, as well as cosmetic procedures such as implants, whitening, and veneers. Specialized pediatric services are available for children, including braces and corrective appliances, and a range of sedation options is available for customers who suffer from anxiety or oversensitivity to pain.

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Morris Orthodontics

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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Morris Orthodontics is a Hendersonville dental clinic that was voted the "Best Orthodontist in Sumner County" by the Hendersonville Star News and Gallatin News Examiner. The company's doctor fits braces for customers of all ages to help correct overcrowding, gaps, and poor tooth alignment, using the latest diagnostic technologies to create a perfect, customized fit. Specialized treatments are also available for severe conditions like cleft palate, jaw misalignments, and facial structural abnormalities. Customers can call the company to request a free initial consultation.

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5.0 / 5 (139)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Sims Orthodontics

Nashville, TN 37215
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Sims Orthodontics is a Nashville dental health center for people of all ages. Customers appreciate the company's "Caring, efficient, professional" staff, and one happy customer called Dr. Sims the "Best orthodontist ever!" The company accepts all insurance plans and offers flexible financing for uninsured customers to ensure that top-quality dental care is available to everyone. Treatment options include customized metal and ceramic braces, Essix aligners, and Invisalign braces, as well as corrective orthodontic surgery, and specialized treatments for sleep apnea.

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Smile Construction Orthodontics

Hendersonville, TN 37075
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Smile Construction Orthodontics is a team of caring professionals that offer gentle, effective treatments for common adult and childhood dental problems. The company's doctor uses a range of methods to provide customized care for every customer, including clear and traditional braces, Invisalign aligners, and AcceleDent Aura treatments to help speed up the alignment process. Specialized treatment options are also available for conditions like TMJ, TMD, and sleep apnea. Customers can call or contact the company on the website to schedule an appointment.

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Smith Dental

Smyrna, TN 37167
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The highly trained doctors and staff at Smith Dental are dedicated to providing the highest quality of gentle, cost-effective dental care. The company offers customized treatments for children, teens, and adults, using the latest in dental technology to correct alignment issues like overbites, overcrowding, and gaps. General dental services such as cleanings, fillings, and root canals are also available, as well as cosmetic services like safe, effective teeth whitening. Surgical consulting and evaluation is also available for severe jaw and alignment issues.

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Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental

Franklin, TN 37067
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Customers love the team of "honest, reliable, and passionate professionals" at Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental, as well as the company's range of effective treatments for childhood dental issues. The company's doctors are experienced in treating children of all ages, including kids with special needs, and offer a range of services such as fillings, cleanings, extractions, and crossbite corrections, as well as braces and other corrective devices. The company also offers adult services like crowns, bridges, implants, and cosmetic veneers.

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Starling Orthodontics

Brentwood, TN 37027
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The doctor and staff at Starling Orthodontics are dedicated to giving people brighter, more confident smiles, backed by a commitment to customer service and care. The company provides customized treatments for children and adults, using a range of options such as clear braces, temporary anchor devices, and self-adjusting braces, and the company's doctor works with local oral maxillofacial surgeons to correct severe jaw alignment issues. Customers can email or call the company to schedule an appointment or exam.

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Witherow Orthodontics

Mount Juliet, TN 37122
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Witherow Orthodontics provides a range of professional, state-of-the-art dental treatments for people of all ages, and one happy customer said, "Five stars is not enough for the team at Witherow Orthodontics." Services include thorough examinations and preventative care for younger children, as well as appliances for older children and adults, including options like palate expanders, Herbst appliances, and metal, ceramic, and invisible braces. With three convenient locations in Mount Juliet, Lebanon, and Hermitage, top-quality dental care is just a phone call away.

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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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