Advance Orthodontics
John Karotkin, DDS, MS:
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Advance Orthodontics
John Karotkin, DDS, MS (Orthodontist)

Houston, TX













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:


Clear aligners


Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

Palatal expanders


Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Thursday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Friday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Jordana U. from Memorial, Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I am impressed with the quality of service and high knowledge on extremely complicated cases. I am over 40yo and this is my fourth ortho treatment. None of the 3 I had before were even close to the level of commitment to fix your problem from the bottom. I have sleep apnea and I learned that thanks to Dr. K. I have a very bad gum recession and I fixed it thanks to Dr. K who put me in contact and worked with Dr. Scheyer to do the treatment while I am having my braces. He has a plan and guide you from start. I will fix my sleep apnea problem and open bite doing an orthognatic surgery once my bite is ready. I am super pleased with Dr. K’s team. Anything I need his team is on top of it. I would really recommend you to go, my 6yo daughter will visit him soon since she has already some sleeping disorder and will help me put a plan together to prevent some of my issues I have now.

Melonie B. (Source: Google)


Look no More! Advanced Orthodontics is in a class by itself. Dr. Karotkin and his team are highly trained professionals that go above and beyond to meet and exceed your expectations for Orthodontic care. The available options for treatment, ease of appointment scheduling, state of the art equipment and smiling faces make sure you or your child receives the best care, is unmatchable. If you are looking for quality and affordable Orthodontic treatment, Advanced Orthodontics is the best option.

Sofia B. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I don’t know where to start they are amazing!!!I have been Advanced Orthodontics since June of 2016. My dentist referred me to Advanced Orthodontics and before I became an established patient Dr Karotkin was available for suggestions before i got my braces. I hadn’t sign anything and Dr Karotkin was still available. I truly appreciate it. Everyone is wonderful. They won’t leave any questions unanswered . When I first got my braces I received a bag full of stuff to help me during my treatment from wax ,floss, toothbrush, bite wafer, numbing paste, toothpaste.  I have a friend who got braces too from another place and didn’t received anything to help her for the first few days like I did. Dr Karotkin also went over my consent the week before I had my extractions done. I was a little worried because I had 6 extracted that’s including my wisdom teeth. So it was really nice of him to do that . My insurance doesn’t cover orthodontics I could easily waited for open enrollment and sign for a HMO and get my treatment covered but I love Advanced Orthodontics its worth every penny to me. Its also a very clean and efficient practice.

Faith A. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Best decision I ever made. What made my experience here all the better was the staff. From the receptionist to the doctor I received more than exceptional service. The attention to detail, the ease in making my appointments and how genuinely kind and warm hearted everyone is here makes the experience well worth it. My teeth are PERFECT!!!!!! Thanks to advanced orthodontics 🙂

Monica L. (Source: Google)


My orthodontic experience with Advance Orthodontics was amazing! My journey to a perfect smile started a year and a half ago. I wanted my gap to be closed. I had braces previously, and my fixed retainer broke causing spaces between my teeth again. My former dentist wanted to treat me with Invisalign, but I decided to be treated by an orthodontist. Being fairly new to Houston and not knowing any orthodontists in the city, I had a consultation with Dr. Karotkin and was not disappointed! He and his staff went over my treatment plan in great detail as well as the affordable payment options/plans. The cost of my treatment was much less than the quote from my former general dentist. Dr. Karotkin and his staff are both professional and friendly. I always felt welcomed during my visits, and all of my questions and concerns were addressed. Dr. Karotkin is very meticulous with his work and cares not only about his patients’ smiles but the health of their teeth. I highly recommend Dr. Karotkin and his team at Advance Orthodontics for any orthodontic work!

Mari A. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Although it is a love hate relationship( me wanting braces off NOW and knowing that I need to keep them on until they are perfect) I am really pleased with Dr. Karotkin he is very good at what he does and is a perfectionist! He makes sure to dedicate time to each patient. I also love his staff and the fact that after the second visit they know your name and they actually care for you as a person and not just a patient. They are willing to work with you and offer payment plans around your budget! I am so thankful to have found Advance Ortho and highly recommend them!

KeWanna G. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Dr Karotkin and staff is the number one orthodontist office in the city of Houston. For my daughter’s last orthodontist appointment, Dr Karotkin and staff made an exception and saw my daughter on a day reserved for new patients only, due to my daughter is currently attending college. I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr Karotkin and his entire professional staff. Everyone has been extremely helpful and thoughtful and I will tell others how wonderful and personable the entire staff is.

Sophia George (Source: Google)


Dr. Karotkin and his staff are wonderful! I came in hoping to see if I was a good candidate for Invisalign. Dr. Karotkin explained the entire process thoroughly and I was comfortable during the course of my treatment. I just completed my Invisalign treatment after six months, and I am thrilled with the results. My smile has never looked better! I cannot recommend him enough.

Mariel Sanchez (Source: Google)


Dr. Karotkin and his team are excellent! From my first visit and throughout my treatment, everyone was very attentive and professional. They stayed on top of my case even during the COVID lockdown and are following strict safety measures since the office re-opened. Dr. Karotkin cares about his patients. He explained everything clearly and was extremely careful with his work. I’m happy with the results and highly recommend Advance Orthodontics!

Amy Z. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I would highly recommend Advance Orthodontics to anyone who wants a great smile!!! I started my treatment back in Dec. 2017 and I am wrapping up in March 2019 (I was projected to finish around June 2019 at the earliest but the clinic managed to fix me up sooner :)). I must say I had such a great experience! Dr. Karotkin and Dr. Rodriguez are both extremely professional and nice, and the staff members are also very sweet and welcoming. From day 1 you can tell that they are really listening to your concerns and working with you to find something that’s the most suitable. I had to wear wired braces for my bottom teeth correction, which was the biggest cosmetic concern I had, but they did such a great job that the braces were almost invisible! And, I was able to switch to invisalign in just 10 months. All in all, this clinic is the best in town and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

J. T. from Memorial, Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


My son Riley, was 7 years old when his two front baby teeth were gone and we were referred to Karotkin and Rodriguez and his team by our regular Dentist. The experience has been an absolute joy. Our son had rotated tooth and teeth were coming in in front of other teeth. I love Dr. Karotkin and Rodriguez and his staff. The office is lovely, the hours are accommodating, and the entire staff is extremely friendly. I would highly recommend this orthodontist to friends.They are super nice to my family and always tell me what they are going to do before they do it. They take the time to explain everything to get in detail. They are wonderful people and I look forward to working with them more as my son’s teeth grow!  I-am grateful for their attention to detail in helping my son achieve a great smile that will last a lifetime. Thanks for being AWESOME!! Thank you to Juanita, Renee, Freddy, Manny, Janice, and entire staff.

Logan (Source: Google)


Advance Orthodontist are one of the greatest dental related experiences that i have ever experienced. They have some of the kindest orthodontist and orthodontist help and they work fast and perfectly. They did some of the best teeth work i have ever seen and they are the sole reason i have perfect straight teeth today. I highly recommend them!

Mimi D. from College Station, TX (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been with Advanced Orthodontics since I was a kid and now in college. They really do treat you like family and invite you into their small world. The atmosphere of the office itself is very welcoming. All of the staff really make your time there bearable – even if you don’t like the dentist! Overall, their care and work is amazing.

Eric V. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I simply can not say enough good things about Dr Karotkin and his staff. I was referred to Dr Karotkin from Dr David Alfi for braces prior to major jaw surgery. Dr Karotkin and his staff were consummate professionals and delivered an exceptional product for me, with the utmost professionalism and a side of humor. I was always treated very respectfully, and my time was valued. I want to give a special shout out to Janie, who always has a huge smile on her face and is genuinely interested in each patient, their professional plan, and their outside lives. No matter what day you’re having, Janie will make it better. Teeth are important, and no one knows this more than this practice. Thank you John, Lena, Freddie, Renee, Maritza, and Juanita.

Skip W. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Dr Karotkin and Janie are both so amazing. You always feel like they are on top of everything that is going on with your children. Jamie walks you through everything so thoroughly and answers all your questions. Dr Karotkin makes sure you clearly understand what’s going on and is very patient to explain everything in detail. I couldn’t be happier with them and HIGHLY recommend them.

Danica A. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I’m so happy I found Advance Orthodontics. I had such a bad experience with my previous orthodontist and needed to find a new one ASAP. Advance Orthodontics staff is amazing. Very friendly. I can already tell that this office goes above and beyond to make sure their patients are happy. I’m so excited to start my treatment!!

EE. K. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


More complications, and the need for someone who is very well-versed in  treating complex dental issues — Dr. Karotkin.  It’s not enough to do fillings, or know Invisalign.  It’s the holistic approach of taking all factors into consideration, devising the best treatment.  I feel so comfortable at Advance Orthodontics.  Their new offices are beautiful, convenient (BW8/Briar Forest), ample parking, and Zen like.  The whole office and staff radiate peacefulness, calm, a sense that your problem and needs will be taken care of.  Hallelujah!

Brenda Hernandez (Source: Google)


My experience at Advance Orthodontist has been AMAZING. I had such low confidence with my smiling until I decided to try Invisalign and have Dr. Karotkin and his staff guide me through the process. Best decision ever! The staff has been friendly, welcoming and professional since day one. I’ve had different assistants/hygienists (Freddy, Renee, Manny, Karina, Juanita, etc.) and not once did I have a bad experience. Dr. Karotkin was patient with hearing my concerns and a perfectionist with my smile. He helped give me a smile that I cannot stop showing off. I will be forever grateful.

Steven B. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


By far the best service in Houston! I had a pretty complicated case trying to get my teeth straightened however with the experience and knowledge of Dr. Karotkin and his team they were able to exceed my expectations. Not only do my teeth look amazing but my bite was corrected as well. I would highly recommend this place over anyone else!

Christian Mugisha (Source: Google)


Best orthodontist in Houston, TX. I started my treatment 3 years ago and today my braces came off. The service was amazing throughout the whole treatment. The doctors and staff went above and beyond. I would recommend it to anyone that needs professional work done on their teeth. I will definitely bring family and friends.

Malakesha B. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


1st of all when you walk through the door you can instantly feel the love from the staff. Janie and Juanita did an awesome job in making me feel so comfortable. I really appreciate the doctors for being honest with me as i get ready to go on this journey for the 2nd and LAST time. Thanks ADVANCE ORTHODONTICS!! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!

Mariel S. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Definitely made a good decision choosing Dr. Karotkin. All the staff are very friendly, helpful, professional. They took time to explain everything from the treatment plan to billing. Dr. Karotkin is the best! We’ve been to a lot of doctor’s appointment, and by far, he is the only doctor we’ve met that took that much time to explain the treatment plan. He is also very genuine in caring for his patient, it’s good to know that there are still doctors who really “see the patient”, not just going from one patient to another.

Aura Gonzalez (Source: Google)


At 30 years old, the thought of getting braces is terrifying for many reasons. However, Dr K and his team all made the experience so bearable. The treatment plan was well explained to me by Dr K and I truly felt my comfort and preferences were always taken into consideration. I am happy with my end results and so fortunate that I was referred to them for such a huge step in getting that perfect smile. I definitely would recommend them to everyone. I am sure I was a pain in the butt with all my complaints of discomfort with braces and they were always willing to take a look and see what they could do to make it more comfortable! Great staff, clean facilities, and overall just the best team and place to make it through the unbearable process of getting braces as an adult!

André Anderson (Source: Google)


Advanced Orthodontics were amazing! I started my braces treatment in New York, so I was in need of a new orthodontist to finish my treatment, and from the minute I stepped through the doors, I knew that I made the right choice. The entire team is so friendly, professional and make an effort to make sure that you’re comfortable every visit. My teeth have never looked better! I definitely recommend them!

Jessica M. from Webster, TX (Source: Yelp)


I absolutely love this office!  I travel from Clearlake to see this amazing Orthodontist.  His friendly staff is excellent with Adults.  I have always felt very welcome here and they will always make room for me if there is an emergency.  Dr. Karotkin is very knowledgeable even in regards to medications that will hinder treatment.  Like my case I have been on Humira and even though my body tries to fight with the teeth movement and the inflammation from the braces he patiently works with me and my teeth and we have a nice straight smiling coming along nicely.  I highly recommend this office for their excellent staff to their easy to get to office and not to mention the beautiful office and the gorgeous Mexican Sycamore tree right out front.  One of my favorites.

S. D. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I came to know Dr. John Karotkin and his staff as a referral from my dentist (Joseph Favor) for a consultation to get braces. I am over 50 and was having problems with unusual rotation of my teeth and some shifting. Upon arrival at the office the doctor, Freddie and Juanita were the first persons I met. The first impressions have lasted over these 2 years with the entire staff. I was thoroughly informed of the intended procedures and educated on the care of my teeth in the process. My braces were placed on with hardly any pain at all with the careful guidance of the doctor and his assistant. I am now braces free and have receive many compliments on how beautiful my teeth look. Again over the age of 50 was a little suggestive that I should not bother, but for me a healthy mouth equals a beautiful smile. I highly recommend John Karotkin for your orthodontic needs. He and his staff are great and very consistent with their timing and their service. Thanks Guys for a job well pleasing to me. Patient forever, Mrs. Dupree

Alyssa K. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


I enjoyed my experience at Advance Orthodontics from the moment I walked in the door.  The office is very clean and up-to-date.  The staff was very warm and welcoming.  Dr. Karotkin was very knowledgeable and willing to answer all my questions.  My result was even better than expected.  I would recommend Advance Orthodontics and Dr. Karotkin to anyone and everyone.

Pat D. from Fresno, CA (Source: Yelp)


As a fellow orthodontist, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Karotkin through The Progressive Orthodontist study club.  He is truly one of the most dedicated orthodontists in the country when it comes to furthering his education in an effort to provide the absolute best quality treatment and positive experience for his patients.  He is going as far as taking courses to become certified by the Pankey Institute in Florida, which is a rigorous, multi-year graduate studies fellowship that very few specialists take the time to attend.  Working with several Pankey trained dentists in my community and having taken some Pankey courses myself, I know what a tremendous benefit this is for you if you’re looking to get a beautiful smile and the best quality treatment possible.  Dr. Karotkin’s office is fast becoming known as the best place to go in the Houston area for great care in a fun, friendly, and professional atmosphere.  I know I have been very impressed with his skills and commitment. I know you will as well if you go see him.

Anonymous (Source: Google)


This is a great orthodontics place to go take care of your teeth. The team was very professional examining and providing with solutions by priority. The professionalism and friendliness of the whole team is outstanding. Every visit is like visiting friends. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The staff and Dr. John Karotkin are friendly, respectful, caring and courteous of your time. The office is run very smoothly and efficiently. Definitely highly recommended and they will takes very good care of you.

Lisa Swanson (Source: Google)


Dr. Karotkin is the most thorough orthodontist that I have ever come across (and I have five children who have all required braces at least once). He is a holistic practitioner- he looked at my entire mouth instead of just looking at and fixing one issue. He also offered to work with my dentist to decide on the best course of action. In addition, he thoughtfully explained all of the options, the potential outcomes, the cost, etc. I highly recommend Dr. Karotkin.

Mai P. from Katy, TX (Source: Yelp)


I have had terrible TMJ complications for years, to the point where Botox treatment was suggested. I was told by my oral surgeon that my bite alignment was a huge factor in my TMJ issues, therefore an orthodontist would be needed. Finding an orthodontist who would be able and willing to treat both my bite alignment and TMJ was quite difficult. I was very frustrated and discouraged in my search. Dr. Karotkin was the 4th orthodontist I saw and the FIRST to provide solutions to address both of my issues. Everyone in the office was very welcoming, supportive, and encouraging. I am confident that Dr. Karotkin will provide the best results possible! I look forward to starting my treatment!

Jordan H. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


This is the second time I have had braces and I have to say, everyone here is awesome! Friendly, nice environment, very clean facility(pet peeve). Dr. Karotkin and the staff know their stuff. My case, unfortunately, is not just a typical case where I’m just straightening my teeth for a prettier smile. My jaw and teeth were both shifting which were giving me terrible, “Wake-me-up-at-night” headaches. Dr. Karotkin was able to identify it and here we are, almost to completion. Been headache free for a year now with straight teeth and a comfortable bite.

Marissa A. from Westside, Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Dr. K and the entire staff are extremely kind and patient all while having a state of the art office! They are completely thorough and don’t skip a beat when it comes to your comfort. Of course the braces will naturally hurt at times however their gentle hands make the process worth while! I wish they had been around when I had to get braces Twice when I was younger. Great Place to go for orthodontics for all especially young people!

Dawn Mouton (Source: Google)


I have been so impressed with this place. For the past two weeks my family and I have been displaced from Hurricane Laura. I was having some ortho issues and they saw me immediately. Not only were they professional and friendly but they were so compassionate given my situation. My daughter also had a retainer made and it was a perfect fit and affordable! Highly recommend this orthodontist. If I lived in Houston, I most definitely would be a patient there!

Jamie B. from Houston, TX (Source: Yelp)


Fantastic and fabulous! I and absolutely enthralled at how great a job everyone did at advanced orthodontics. I had gone to visit three other orthodontics before doing a consultation here. The others were too cold on manner, rude, too busy to pay attention or care, or too eager to separate me from my money. When I stepped into this office though, I felt warmed and welcome. Dr. Karotkin was friendly and informative. I received pricing and an idea of what the process would be like on the spot and felt completely comfortable and actually quite eager to get started because of how well everyone was treating me. Unfortunately they did not take my insurance, but it didn’t matter to me. The difference in customer service and the result was completely worth the price difference and the drive. Janie is one of the friendliest persons you will ever meet and a blast to do business with. Freddy, Judy, and Juanita handle your teeth with care, and have nothing but smiles to offer you when they greet you. Get to know everyone here, and put your faith in this practice. I am extremely satisfied and thankful that I did. I hated my teeth for 27 years, but now after barely 2 years in braces, and 29, I will be loving them for many more years to come. Thank Dr. Karotkin and everyone at Advanced Orthodontics. You have made this girl one happy smiling bartender. p.s.-If you have an issue, ask the question and tell Dr. Karotkin, He will tend to your questions and needs with due diligence and attention to detail.


Dr. John Karotkin has quickly risen to prominence as one of Houston's leading orthodontists. He and his team at Advance Orthodontics utilize cutting edge technology to deliver the optimal smile for each individual patient. As an expert in Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®, Dr. Karotkin is able to treat the majority of patients with clear plastic aligners, without the need for traditional braces. He is best known for his treatment of highly complex cases, where his outside-the-box thinking has earned him a sterling reputation in the Houston dental community. Advance Orthodontics offers a full range of orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults in its office at Briar Forest and Beltway 8. Dr. Karotkin took over the orthodontic practice of Dr. Ron Gallerano in March 2009. Dr. Gallerano had been in practice in west Houston for 33 years and still consults with Dr. Karotkin on orthodontic cases. John Karotkin is a native Houstonian who grew up in the Memorial area and attended Second Baptist High School. He subsequently attended Duke University and then went on to receive his DDS degree from UT Dental Branch in San Antonio. He then attended orthodontic residency and earned his Master's degree from the Department of Orthodontics at Temple University in Philadelphia, where a high-tech approach to orthodontics is emphasized. After moving back to Houston, Dr. Karotkin began working with Dr. Gallerano. In March of 2009, Dr. Karotkin assumed ownership of the practice. Dr. Karotkin enjoys staying up to date on the latest developments in dentistry and orthodontics by maintaining a rigorous continuing education schedule. He is a member of the Houston Invisalign Study Club, the Houston Pankey Affiliated Learning Group, as well as many others. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, family and dogs; physical fitness activities; and watching Duke basketball.