Meet Your Ocean Springs Orthodontist If there’s one thing Dr. Brice McMurphy has learned throughout his life, it’s that adversity can be one of the greatest opportunities for personal growth. He is inspired by others who pursue their passions, work hard, and humbly achieve what they never thought possible. That’s why Dr. McMurphy is on a personal mission to create smiles that inspire others to live courageously and achieve their dreams. Unveiling your superpower through your beautiful smile is his ultimate goal. Moving teeth is only secondary to that. Why an Orthodontist in Ocean Springs? Orthodontist vs. Dentist An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Dr. McMurphy continued his formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. McMurphy has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan. Why does it matter if you see your Ocean Springs Orthodontist? Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet. Seeing a specialist like your Ocean Springs orthodontist may change your experience in braces by: Providing additional treatment options. Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care. Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed. Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day. You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Ocean Springs orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks. And don't let price be a problem either! McMurphy Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Ocean Springs area.