An orthodontist is one who straightens teeth, and orthodontics is anything that pertains to teeth straightening. An orthodontic specialist is a specialist in malocclusion or teeth alignment problems. Some examples of common teeth alignment problems are crowding, over bites, underbites, crossbites, overjets, open bites, and spacing issues.
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.