Meet Your Pell City Family Orthodontist

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Dr. John B. Benton Jr., D.D.S.


Dr. Benton has lived and practiced orthodontics in Calhoun County since 1985.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Louisiana State University and continued at LSU’s School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Benton is board-certified and was the first orthodontist in Calhoun County to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He was also the first to bring the innovative Damon Braces System to Calhoun County.

Outside the Office

Dr. Benton is married to his wife, Judy Benton. They enjoy spending time with their children, their families, and their dog, Roux: Barry, Brittain (Brooklynn, Olivia, and Harrison), Andrew and CJ (Jordan and Benton), and Greg and Alina (Eloise).

Dr. Benton enjoys fishing around the world in such places as Alaska, Russia, the Amazon River, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Argentina, and in lakes throughout Alabama.

Dr. J. Barry Benton, D.M.D., M.S.D.


Dr. Barry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Furman University and went on to receive his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Barry continued his education at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Barry joined Dr. Benton (his father) at Designer Smiles by Benton.

Dr. Barry is board-certified and one of the youngest practicing orthodontists in the nation to be a Diplomate on the American Board of Orthodontics.

Outside the Office

Dr. Barry is married to Brittain Benton, and they have three children, Brooklynn, Olivia, and Harrison. Their family also enjoys their two pet cats, Emma and Mr. Whiskers, and their Goldendoodle, Teddy.

Dr. Barry enjoys fishing, serving alongside church family, computers and technology, cooking, and gardening. Dr. Barry also shares his love for baseball as a volunteer coach for a local high school baseball team.

Care For All Ages From Your Pell City Family Orthodontist

At Designer Smiles, we believe that everyone should be able to access quality orthodontic treatment and that everyone deserves a beautifully aligned smile. We are proud to offer a full range of orthodontic services, including braces and Invisalign, for children, teens, and adults at our offices in Oxford and Pell City.

Pell City Orthodontics for Children

In order to ensure that your child is as healthy as possible, it's important that their teeth and jaws are properly aligned, giving them a healthy bite. Many parents are surprised to learn that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.

By that age, your child's teeth have developed enough so that small problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth can be spotted while they still have some baby teeth. A check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine and that braces won't be necessary, or we may identify a potential problem and recommended that we monitor it. From there, we may begin treatment at a time that is appropriate for the child. In other cases, we may recommended early treatment.

Orthodontic Care for Pell City Teens

Early treatment allows our team to monitor the growth and development of your child's jaw, meaning we can catch and begin treating problems while they're still in the early stages. This can cut down the length of treatment considerably.

Teens often want to know, "How long will I be in braces?" There's no set answer, as each case is different, just like each smile is unique. We're always going to do everything that we can to ensure that your teen has their most beautiful, forever smile. Fortunately, today's braces are a big improvement over the ones that previous generations have experienced. They're smaller, sleeker, and far more comfortable than ever before. They also come in a variety of styles, materials and colors.

In addition, teens also have more treatment options than ever before. In addition to traditional metal braces, teens also have the option of choosing clear, ceramic braces, which work the same way traditional braces do, but are designed to blend in with your teen's teeth, giving a more subtle appearance. Also, if your teen wants a new smile with no wires, whatsoever, they might consider treatment using clear aligners, such as Invisalign. Clear aligners straighten teeth gradually using a series of clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth.

Adult Orthodontics in Pell City

Orthodontic treatment isn't just for children and teens. More adults than ever are seeking beautiful, forever smiles through orthodontic treatment. Today, roughly 1-in-5 orthodontic patients are adults, so it's never too late to get that stunning smile that you've always wanted.

Many adults are choosing to receive treatment later in life because they understand how important it is to maintain their oral health, they want to feel better about their overall appearance, or both. We also see many adults who have received orthodontic treatment during their early years, but are in need of a "touch up" to regain the smiles they once had.

At Designer Smiles, we recognize that children, teens, and adults will all have different dental needs and need different levels of attention and care. We work diligently with each patient to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for you in the most inviting environment.

Schedule a free consultation with us today to get started.