Straight Shooters
Leading orthodontists align much more than patients’ smiles.
by Jill Lupine

In the words of A Game of Thrones novelist George R.R. Martin, “The living should smile, for the dead cannot.” The quote may seem a bit morbid, but his point is well taken: We are alive, so we might as well enjoy it. But for some people—namely, those with crooked or misaligned teeth—sharing a smile is a bridge too far.

Your friendly neighborhood orthodontist is ready to help.
Orthodontists may be best described as dentists who commit to an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the ins and outs of aligning and straightening teeth. That may sound simple enough, but the study of orthodontics encompasses the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion (the abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth), as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures.
Correcting a misaligned bite can improve the way a person chews, bites, speaks, and even breathes. It can also have a profound effect on a person’s confidence, thereby making a difference on just about every other part of a person’s life. And orthodontics is hardly just for kids. Some orthodontists in the Philadelphia area estimate that adults account for as much as half of their patient base.
The question remains: How does someone go about selecting an orthodontist to perfect their smile? We’re glad you asked.
As part of our recent Top Dentists feature, we invited readers to vote for the orthodontists and other dental health providers they consider the area’s best and brightest. Those “votes” are included here, along with the names of a few notable orthodontists who have been featured in the pages of this magazine. We present our 2023 Top Orthodontists.
2023 Top Orthodontists
Dr. Andrea Appel
Dr. Andrew Appel
Dr. Steven Appel
Appel Orthodontics
Multiple locations
Dr. Alexander C. Apple
Penn Dental Family Practice
Multiple locations
Dr. Benjamin K. Azizi
Azizi Orthodontics
Ambler and Glenside
Dr. Joseph Brogan
Heine & Associates Family Dentistry
Dr. Raymond S. Buttenbaum
Buttenbaum Orthodontics
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. Steve A. DelliGatti
Dr. Michael Milewski
DelliGatti and Milewski Orthodontic Group
Ambler and Northeast Philadelphia
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. Dovid Friedman
Friedman Orthodontics
Merion Station
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. Kellyn Hodges
Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics
Multiple locations
Dr. Neil Mandalia
My Smile Orthodontist
Dr. LynAnn Mastaj
Mastaj Orthodontics
Bryn Mawr
Dr. Antonino G. Secchi
Devon Orthodontics
Dr. Tejjy Thomas
Center City Orthodontics
Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Dr. Orhan Tuncay
Rittenhouse Orthodontics
Dr. Todd M. Welsh
Bucks County Orthodontics
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Life magazine, July 2023.