Dentists and Orthodontists, What’s the Difference?

Are you considering orthodontic treatment to improve both the function and aesthetics of your smile? As your orthodontist in Melbourne we take pride in providing our patients with extensive knowledge regarding your orthodontic treatment process. While you might be familiar with how braces work, do you know the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? We’d like to take a moment to discuss some of the characteristics of an orthodontist versus a traditional dentist with you here:

  • Every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist.
  • Dentists clean teeth, fix cavities, and checks general health.
  • Orthodontists receive specialized education in straightening teeth following dental school.
  • Orthodontists are jaw alignment specialists.
  • Orthodontists are knowledgeable about proper treatments and technologies regarding jaw alignment and teeth straightening.

Dr. Chad Reddick is proud to serve as your orthodontist in Melbourne, FL. Please contact our staff today about scheduling your initial consultation. We look forward to improving your smile through orthodontic treatment.


We are now welcoming patients and parents into our waiting rooms.  There is no need to call us when you arrive.  We are, however, asking that everyone wear face coverings upon entering, regardless of vaccination status.  We continue to take precautions for prevention of spreading COVID-19.  We remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will continue taking additional precautionary measures as well.  We still ask that you reschedule your appointments if the patient has been symptomatic in the last ten days or has been recently exposed to someone known to be infected with COVID-19.

 We will continue utilizing only half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients.  We ask that all of our patients thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit the use of our toothbrushing area.  As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best possible experience!

Thank you for your understanding!

Dr. Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team