Seeing Straight
Patients pursue a perfect smile, and realize the many health and lifestyle benefits that follow, in the care of a skilled orthodontist.
by Jill Lupine

A beautiful smile is one of life’s blessings that too many people take for granted. Only when it’s gone, or when it’s compromised, do we fully appreciate the subtle but significant ways it can influence a life.
In this regard, orthodontics can be a life saver, both literally and figuratively. Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function of teeth and create healthy smiles, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. A good bite makes it easier for a person to bite, chew, and speak. In addition, properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and can prevent abnormal wearing of tooth enamel, thereby enabling an individual to avoid procedures someone with misaligned teeth might need to correct the problems that could follow. 
The American Dental Association defines the dental specialty of orthodontics as the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, or the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures. An estimated 3.9 million U.S. children are orthodontic patients, according to the AAO, but children represent only a fraction of orthodontic patients; adults account for the fastest-growing population of patients who invest in their smiles through orthodontic treatment such as traditional braces or aligner therapy. The AAO suggests one out of every three orthodontic patients is an adult. 
Put another way, it’s never too late in life to pursue a perfect smile.
Suburban Life invited readers to vote for local orthodontists who possess the skill, compassion, and commitment to their vocation. In addition to readers’ suggestions, we included a few notable orthodontists who have been featured in the pages of this magazine. 
We celebrate our 2021 Top Orthodontists.

2021 Top Orthodontists
Dr. Andrea Appel
Dr. Andrew Appel
Dr. Steven Appel
Appel Orthodontics

Dr. Alexander C. Apple
Penn Dental Family Practice
Multiple locations

Dr. Benjamin K. Azizi
Azizi Orthodontics
Ambler and Glenside

Dr. Benjamin A. Cassalia
Cassalia Orthodontics
Chalfont and Ottsville

Dr. Daniel Cassarella
DCO Orthodontic Specialists

Dr. Jordan Cogan
Dr. Cathleen George
CG Orthodontics  
Yardley and Richboro

Dr. Steven M. Cohen
Steven M. Cohen, D.M.D., M.S.D.

Dr. Anthony L. Cook
Dr. Patricia D. Gutsche
Cook & Gutsche Orthodontics

Dr. Tanja J. de Marsche
Dr. William Roberts
Roberts & de Marsche Orthodontics
Philadelphia and Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Dr. Jake Dorfman
Dorfman Orthodontic Group
Bensalem and Southampton

Dr. Marianna Evans
Infinity Dental Specialists
Glen Mills and Newtown Square

Dr. Shawn M. Faust
Faust Orthodontics

Dr. Christine Ferrell
West Chester Orthodontics
West Chester

Dr. Catherine Foote
Foote Orthodontics
Bryn Mawr and Wayne

Dr. Jamie N. Goodreau
Jamie N. Goodreau, D.M.D., M.S.D.

Dr. Colleen Gordon
Gordon Orthodontics

Dr. Sally Gupton
Sally A. Gupton, DDS
Fort Washington

Dr. Neil Mandalia
My Smile Orthodontist

Dr. LynAnn Mastaj
Mastaj Orthodontics
Bryn Mawr

Dr. Anna Morrison
Heine & Associates Family Dentistry

Dr. Antonino G. Secchi
Devon Orthodontics

Dr. Tejjy Thomas
Center City Orthodontics
Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, N.J.

Dr. Orhan Tuncay
Rittenhouse Orthodontics

Dr. Todd M. Welsh
Bucks County Orthodontics

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life magazine, July 2021.