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Paul Supan, DDS, MA, MPH


First may I say please set your questions to Public so other readers can benefit from the response. Also, if you look at my comprehensive answers, they are not short 1 or 2 paragraph quickie replies that anyone can type out in < 5 minutes. Instead I often will ask other colleagues in other specialties for their advice in order to provide you the questioner with a more interdisciplinary perspective. This all takes time. I ask for readers to therefore allow 5-7 days. You will be rewarded with a very detailed response.

Because of the nature of Orthodontic questions, any pictures of the teeth and X-ray images would be very helpful. If you write to me and explain that you have crooked overlapping front teeth can be interpreted in many many ways, and my goal is to provide a specific response that meets your needs.

I hold double specialty credentials. I am Board Certified in Orthodontics and Board Eligible in Dental Public Health. I welcome questions regarding Braces, Invisible Braces, & Invisalign, as well as issues involving combination Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics alone sometimes is not enough to achieve that perfect smile. Gingival (gum) re-contouring, tooth reshaping, bonding and other services are sometimes needed. I also have substantial experience in the areas of Infection Control and Sterilization in the Dental Environment. My personal websites and are non-commercial for information purposes only and may provide you with some background to more precisely frame your question for

Please allow a week for a reply. I am in full time Private Practice, lecture on occasion, and am involved in many volunteer activities. I am therefore not always able to respond to questions straight away. Your understanding is appreciated.

Experience in the area

Board Certified Orthodontist (ABO Diplomate) with over 25 years of Private Practice experience. Second Specialty Certificate in Dental Public Health with research experience at NIH, and Epidemiology Training & Research at Harvard, NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Postgraduate Masters degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Education.


American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Academy of General Dentistry, College of Diplomates of the ABO, OSAP - Office Sterilization & Asepsis Procedures Organization, Others


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BS College of William & Mary, DDS Medical College of Virginia, Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree Harvard School of Public Health. Dental Public Health Specialty Certificate from NIH. Orthodontic Specialty Certificate from University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. USPHS clinical research experience at NIH, and Epidemiology Training & Research at Harvard, NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control. Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), and Fully Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Board Eligible in Dental Public Health. Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Nashville, Tennessee.

Awards and Honors

Available upon Request Please see my personal websites and for further personal background.

Past/Present Clients

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Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

According to the American Board of Orthodontics, the official ADA recognized certifying organization for Orthodontists, only about 1/3 of all Orthodontists in the US are Board Certified.
American Board of Orthodontics

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Recent Answers from Paul Supan, DDS, MA, MPH

2016-09-28 general question about nightguard:

 Hi Andrea,    In follow up to your recent response, there are two things to think about here. Incidentally, I would recommend possibly waiting say 30 – 60 days before doing anything.    The “soreness”

2016-09-23 general question about nightguard:

   Dear Andrea,    Thanks for your question. I get a lot of questions from my patients about night guards, bruxism appliances, sleep apnea appliances, positioners, splints, and clear post orthodontic

2016-07-29 Forsus Springs Vs. Head Gear:

Hi Kate,    I was in the midst of answering your question privately, but changed my mind and am going to answer it here in the open forum. The reason I hesitated is that it is a complex clinical decision

2016-06-21 Retrusive lower lip question:

Hello Damien,    Pardon the delay in responding. I have been away at a conference, and failed to set my account for “away”.     As always, what I write here are only my opinions based on limited information

2016-06-14 Orthodontics:

 Dear Ben,    Thank you again for writing.     Now, in your latest follow up question you asked several things. Let me parse the question into two more easily digestible parts.      #1  You  wrote:  


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