An Orthodontist is a specialist with expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion, or a misaligned bite, which is either due to the teeth or the jaws. Using braces or other appliances, they can straighten the teeth and bring the jaws into proper alignment. Orthodontists are actually dentists, however, they have completed two or three more years of specialty training in addition to dental school.

What Type of Training
Does an Orthodontist Have?

Becoming an orthodontist requires a lot of schooling, and our Overland Park Orthodontist, Dr. Joe Moon did it all! After graduating high school, the training requirements are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (four years)
  • Complete doctorate at dental school (four years)
  • Specialty training at an orthodontic residency program (two to three years)
This additional specialty training includes classroom studies, as well as racking up extensive clinical experience. Once an orthodontist has completed their residency program, they must then successfully pass their qualifying exams to become a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics.

Do I Need
to See an Orthodontist?

When it comes to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite, you will need to see an orthodontist. As a specialist, Dr. Moon can figure out what is causing your malocclusion and choose the right treatment to successfully fix it. You will achieve a perfect smile that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Moon is awesome! My entire treatment was 14 months when others were telling me that it would take 20 to 24 months. Each visit was very easy, enjoyable, and fun! I highly recommend seeing Dr. Moon for your braces!


Dr. Moon and his staff are very knowledgeable, professional, and caring. He really takes the time to explain things at every visit. You can tell that Dr. Moon truly cares about his patients.


I highly recommend Dr. Moon. I was told by several other people that I wasn't a candidate for Invisalign, but Dr. Moon took on my case and treated me with Invisalign. I absolutely love the result!


I love this office. Dr. Moon and his staff go out of their way to make sure that my son is being taken care of at each visit. You can really tell that they take pride in their work and care about the people they treat!


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