Meet Your Harrisburg Orthodontists
Dr. Fred Alba established his orthodontic practice in Mechanicsburg over 25 years ago and has been creating beautiful smiles ever since.
Dr. Alba received his undergraduate degree in biology and his dental degree (DMD) at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following dental school, he entered the US Navy and completed a general practice residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he gained advanced knowledge in several areas of dentistry.
After developing a special interest in orthodontics, he completed his certificate in the Specialty of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo.
He is board-certified and a member of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held by only a small number of orthodontists.
Dr. Jeff Alba grew up here in Mechanicsburg and is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh prior to completing his DMD degree at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.
He continued his training at Temple where he earned a certificate in the Specialty of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as well as a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology.
Dr. Jeff is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and he also serves on the executive board of the Harrisburg Area Dental Society.
Why an Orthodontist in Harrisburg?
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. Our doctors continued their formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Fred and Dr. Jeff 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 Harrisburg Orthodontist?
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 your Harrisburg orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:
- Providing additional treatment options.
- Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary 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.
You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Mechanicsburg orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.
And don't let price be a problem either! Alba Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Mechanicsburg area.
Testimonials from your Harrisburg orthodontist patients
This is hands down the go-to orthodontic practice! We have 4 kids who have been to Alba and for years we have enjoyed every interaction with the staff and doctors. They are kind, helpful, fun and just plain nice. Don’t look anywhere else, trust me - I’ve spent enough time here to know (I feel like I should have them all for Thanksgiving dinner!)
As patient in their 20s, I can't reccomend this place enough. I struggled to find a practice that accommodates adults as much as they do children, but Alba is truly welcoming to every age group
After visiting several orthodontic offices in this area, we chose Alba for our daughter's clear aligners treatment. Their professionalism, great customer service, and thorough explanation of the treatment plan and costs, clearly differentiated Alba from the other offices. We strongly feel our choice was the correct one and highly recommend you check them out!