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orthodontistWhat is an orthodontist?  More often than not, orthodontists (also known as Orthodontic Specialists) are confused with dentists; however, they are different!

Orthodontists are dental specialists who have completed 2-3 years of additional advanced education and training beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align teeth and jaws. Complex bite problems and unique treatment methods are common place for orthodontists, and due to their advanced education and clinical experience, they have the knowledge and the skills required to make the best recommendations on the various appliances available to meet each individual’s treatment goals.

Only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).


Dr. Turke completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He went to New York for further studies and graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 1985, with honors, and completed his orthodontic specialty training there in 1989.

Dr. Turke practiced general family dentistry for 5 years in New York City before specializing in the field of orthodontics. Upon receiving his doctorate from NY University, he married and moved back to Florida to establish his new practice. He began his orthodontic practice in this area in 1991.

Dr. Turke is board-qualified in orthodontics by the American Association of Orthodontists, where he is an active member. He is also an active member of the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association,West Coast District Dental Association, Hillsborough County Dental Association, and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

meetdrturke-200x200Dr. Turke is on faculty as an Attending Orthodontist, through the Lutheran Medical Center, for the Suncoast CHC Pediatric Residency Program in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Turke is a member of Idlewild Baptist Church located in Tampa. He is also involved in mission projects. He frequently joins with dentists and physicians through Friends of Grace on medical missions trips to Mexico and Myanmar (formerly Burma).

For more information on orthodontics and how a visit with Dr.Turke can benefit you, visit our website by clicking here!

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