Orthodontist vs. Dentist.

There's a difference.


Intimate Orthodontic Knowledge and Training

Trust your smile to a professional with a Masters in Science. One with an advanced specialty education in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Advanced Specialty Education Program

Orthodontists dedicate themselves to an extra 24-36 months of university education and training. Added courses in biomedical sciences, clinical experience and research give orthodontists  deeper knowledge and range of skills.

In California, anyone with a dental license can legally provide orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists are dental specialists who master techniques to move teeth and jaws. They are also held to the highest standards of care unlike primary care dentists. When you do something all day long you get really good at it!

Dr. Shawn Pesh, DDS, MS trained at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Take a look back at Dr. Pesh winning their Alumni Student of the Year award in 2001.

We have more patient care experiences.

In the book Outliers, author Malcom Gladwell says it takes ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Orthodontists increase their opportunity to hone their diagnosis and treatment skills.  


It takes 7 years of experience to truly master techniques as a dental specialist. A primary care dentist who does fillings, gum surgery, implants, extractions, crowns, root canals and braces can't come close to the same volume of experience as a specialist in the same amount of time. 


Orthodontists possess a higher level of understanding which benefits your smile. Our practice has treated over 12,000 patients exclusively for orthodontics in the last 25+ years.

Confidence in Complicated Cases

As orthodontists we are up to task when it comes to complicated dental issues.

While dentists have a general knowledge, an orthodontist is specifically trained in standards established by the American Board of Orthodontics.

The Orthodontist. The Smile Professional.

Whether you're considering Invisalign or traditional braces, only an orthodontist has the training, experience and treatment options to make sure you get your best smile.

To become an orthodontist, the dentist must then serve a two or three year residency in orthodontics at an American Dental Association approved, university-affiliated program.

– American Dental Association

Great smile. Great lifestyle. Great benefits for you.

Your Health

With crooked teeth increased dental plaque buildup is common. Bacterial proliferation between teeth increases potential for gum disease and can lead to heart problems. Straight teeth eases hygiene and can improve your health.

Your Success

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting you. A smile is a big part of making a first impression. A smiling face tells people that you’re positive, outgoing and worth getting to know.

Your Relationships

Emotions are contagious. When you smile your brain releases endorphins and serotonin which improves mood and relieves stress. Smiling makes you feel better inside and appear more attractive to others.

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