Meet Dr. Faja-Fernandez, your Myrtle Beach Orthodontist

Dr. Faja-Fernandez received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Francis Marion University, followed by a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. He then received his Certificate of Orthodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also attends continuing education courses frequently.

He is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • South Carolina Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Part-time faculty at the Orthodontic Department at MUSC

Dr. Faja-Fernandez is originally from Florence, SC but now lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife Laurel, and their children Kelsey and Everett. He spends his free time fishing, traveling, going to sporting events, and giving time and services back to his community.

Why an Orthodontist in Myrtle Beach? Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist.

Not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist, but every orthodontist starts as a dentist. Dr. Faja-Fernandez, like all orthodontists, had to continue his formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. Dr. Faja-Fernandez 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 appropriate treatment plan.

Why does it matter if you see your Myrtle Beach Orthodontist?

Dentists receive basic orthodontic training so they can perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not yet need to see an orthodontist. To contrast this, specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more difficult orthodontic problems.

Seeing a specialist like an 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 share your unique concern and anatomical characteristics.
  • 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 discrepancies that need to be addressed.
  • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.

While some individuals may think it’s easier to have their orthodontic work completed by their dentist, convenience shouldn’t be a problem. You will only be stopping by your Myrtle Beach orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.

And don’t let price be a problem either! Seabreeze Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Myrtle Beach area.

Testimonials from Myrtle Beach orthodontist patients

“It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or work at a fast food restaurant. When you have a passion and care about what you’re doing, everyone around you can see that level of dedication. About four years ago I did a Google search for an orthodontist and found Seabreeze Orthodontics. I went through about a six-month teeth straightening process. About halfway through we ran into some unexpected problems. Those problems resulted in some additional time and equipment. However, the (original) quoted price stayed the same. Dr. Fernandez was more concerned about the finished results (which was great) then any additional cost. Since my original treatment, I have been back two times and the service and the price has always been exceptional. This is the level of dedication Dr. Faja Fernandez gives to his practice and patients. I strongly recommend Seabreeze Orthodontics and Dr. Faja-Fernandez. Seabreeze Orthodontics is clearly the best place in Myrtle Beach to discover your smile.” -Micheal

“Just want to thank Dr. Juan and his amazing staff. My daughter and I went in for a FREE consultation for braces. Everyone was amazing. We left out knowing a game plan of what we need to do to start the process of braces to make our smiles beautiful. Couldn't have been more blessed to have found such a great office to help with a scary situation. We can't wait to come back and get started with the process, Dr. Juan. Thank you again so much for making us comfortable at our visit.” - Jennifer