Meet Dr. J.K Dillehay and Dr. Ken Dillehay, your Derby Orthodontists
Dr. J.K Dillehay attended the University of Mississippi for his undergraduate education and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. After college, he moved to Memphis, TN to attend the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He stayed at the University of Tennessee to become a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He was accepted to attend the prestigious orthodontic program at the University of Tennessee where he earned a Master of Science degree.
His Professional Affiliations include:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southwest Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Kansas Dental Association
- Wichita District Dental Society
- Alumni Board for the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
- American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
Dr. Ken Dillehay graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy. He then attended the University of Mississippi and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Zoology. He then attended the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He practiced dentistry in Carthage, TN before returning to The University of Tennessee for specialty training in orthodontics.
Why an Orthodontist in Derby? 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. Ken Dillehay and Dr. J.K. Dillehay continued their formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. J.K. Dillehay and Dr. Ken Dillehay have 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 Derby Orthodontists?
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 an orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:
- Providing more treatment options. Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office’s focus 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.
While you may think it’s easier to have your orthodontics work completed by your dentist, it’s still convenient to visit your Derby orthodontic offices because you’ll only need to come in every six to eight weeks.
Testimonials from your Derby orthodontists patients
“My first experience with braces was as an adult at Dillehay Orthodontics. I was impressed with their professionalism and friendliness (and even perfectionism)! My tween twins are also patients at Dillehay Orthodontics. Both are ready to start their second phase of orthodontic treatment! Getting the kids to the appointments is never an issue as they also enjoy the staff and the great care they receive, plus the prizes! I would recommend Dr. Dillehay and staff to anyone and everyone.”
“I am so glad that I chose Dr. Dillehay for my daughter. I could not ask for more friendlier or patient people. We are always greeted with a smile and everyone is always pleasant. My daughter had to have an emergency appointment on a Saturday after hours, two weeks after her appliances were placed, and again we were greeted with a courteous attitude and a smile. Dr. Dillehay and his staff are great at what they do and they do a great job of making you feel welcome.”