Orthodontist Panama City

Orthodontist Panama City

Dr. Buttram attended Harding University in Arkansas on a football scholarship and completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology with honors. He then went on to earn his DMD from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, also with honors. He completed a 12-month hospital-based advanced general dentistry residency at University Hospital in Jacksonville.

Dr. Buttram received a specialty Certificate in Orthodontics after successfully completing a two-year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He works to make sure he has to most up to date orthodontic knowledge. He devotes more than 20 hours each year to continuing education focusing on developing efficient orthodontic treatment, cosmetic options like Invisalign® and clear braces, soft-tissue lasers, and mini implants (TADS).

Dr. Buttram is devoted to using his expertise to help you discover the right solution for your smile.

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Why an Orthodontist in Panama City? Orthodontist vs. Dentist. An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist.

Not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist, even though every orthodontist starts as a dentist. Dr. Randall Buttram, like all orthodontists, continued their education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. Dr. Randall Buttram has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth, as have all orthodontists. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the necessary treatment plan for you.

Why does it matter if you see your Panama City Orthodontist?

Dentists receive basic orthodontic training so they can perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who don’t need to see an orthodontist yet. Specialists, on the other hand, receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic issues.

Seeing a specialist like a Panama City orthodontist may change your braces experience by:

  • Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
  • Having personal experience treating multiple cases that are similar to your unique concerns and anatomical characteristics.
  • More efficient treatment and visits, because it’s the office’s main focus.
  • Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have worse than usual bite discrepancies that need to be dealt with
  • 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 orthodontic work done by your dentist, convenience shouldn’t be a barrier to seeing a specialist. You will only be stopping by your Panama City orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.

And don’t let price be a problem either! Buttram Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Panama City area.

Testimonials from Panama City orthodontist patients

Wow! What can I say about Dr. Buttram and his dedicated staff??? A whole lot that’s what!! The other day my daughter had a malfunction with her braces the day after THANKSGIVING !! No one was there of course, BUT Dr. Buttram called in a tech and had them meet me at the office to fix my daughters braces! This is my third child to have braces by Dr. Buttram and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this office! His assistants are so very friendly as well as Dr. Buttram and they really do work with you on financing! A very clean office that offers a coffee bar with flavored Keurig coffee to boot!!! Wow, wow, wow!! - Starla


I went to Buttram Orthodontics 11 years ago to see about getting Invisalign. While the staff and Dr. Buttram were very friendly and accommodating, it just wasn't the right time. I finally went back to see Dr. Buttram in November 2017. It didn't surprise me that the staff was just as friendly now as they were 11 years ago, but what did surprise me is that they remembered me and still had my photos and information on file. I've been in Invisalign for 42 weeks now and everything is going well. My teeth are shifting more every week and my smile is getting straighter. The staff and Dr. Buttram have been fantastic throughout the entire journey. I highly recommend Buttram Orthodontics to anyone and everyone. -Adrienne