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We found 4 orthodontists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum HMO near Gainesville, FL.

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Wellington Jose Rody Jr., MS
Specializes in Orthodontics
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Wellington Rody's area of specialization is orthodontics (braces). Dr. Rody accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Dr. Calogero Dolce, PhD
Specializes in Orthodontics
1600 Sw Archer Road; D4-4
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Calogero Dolce's area of specialization is orthodontics (braces). Dr. Dolce is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Richard E Donatelli, MS
Specializes in Orthodontics
1395 Center Drive; D1-31
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Richard Donatelli's specialty is orthodontics (braces). In his practice, Dr. Donatelli focuses on cleft lip and palate. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Clinical interests: Cleft Lip and Palate

Dr. Timothy Thomas Wheeler, PhD
Specializes in Orthodontics
1600 Sw Archer Road; D4-4
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Timothy Wheeler practices orthodontics (braces) in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Wheeler is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the specialty concerned with moving and adjusting the teeth within the mouth in order to enhance their appearance and improve their function. Orthodontists are dentists with additional training, which allows them to straighten teeth and align jaws in order to give their patients a healthier bite.

When teeth are crooked or don’t bite together well it can lead to social embarrassment as well as serious health problems. Poor jaw alignment can strain the muscles that move the mouth, leading to jaw pain and headaches. Crooked teeth are significantly harder to clean effectively, leading to an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, teeth that are seriously out of place can lead to difficulty speaking or eating.

To move the teeth within the jawbone, orthodontists use dental appliances to put pressure on the teeth. Some are fixed in place; others are removable. Examples of appliances include:

  • Braces, made of metal, ceramic, or plastic
  • Components that enhance braces, such as archwires, elastics, or headgear
  • Clear aligners, or invisible customized trays that fit over the teeth
  • Retainers to prevent teeth from shifting out of their new position

Whether you have overcrowded teeth, a misaligned bite, an overbite, or some other alignment issue, an orthodontist can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile.