Dr. Darin Ward

My name is Darin Ward, I am a preventive focused orthodontist, and I LOVE WHAT I DO!

I didn’t always have a love for dentistry and orthodontics though.

I got into dentistry on the “receiving end” of things as I had cavities/fillings in all my baby teeth, cavities and fillings in all my permanent teeth, braces, headgear, 3 root canals, and eventually 19 crowns.

Looking back at the photos of me, (that are all paper photos in these ancient things called photo albums!) I was a mouth breather from birth until my mid 20’s and beyond which, along with my lack of good brushing and flossing, my diet consisting of mostly refined foods and sodas, resulted in my sore bleedy gums and decayed teeth!

I also snored like crazy growing up (according to my dad) and this lack of oxygen to my brain explains why I wet the bed until I was 12 (yes 12!!!!) years old!

So I became friends with my mountain biking dentist in college, and ended up in dental school. I never considered practicing orthodontics until I was a dentist for 3 years, and I came across a 2 ½-year-old patient with a crossbite, his lower jaw was over 6mm to the right side when he bit down, and he hadn’t started speaking like the rest of his 5 brothers and sisters.

I referred him to my orthodontist who said ‘he’s way too young to do anything’. Well, his parents were persistent, and all I saw were concerned parents with a child whose jaw was growing sideways and wasn’t speaking 1 ½ years after he should have been! I somehow made a good impression on this little dude and expanded his upper jaw for 3 months so it fit his lower jaw. His lower jaw shifted back to the center once his upper jaw as big enough and he started speaking within a month of having his appliance removed.

At that moment orthodontics was SO MUCH MORE than straightening teeth! To me, it’s about helping growing individuals maximize their growth, development, and wellness which affects their overall health.

If I had someone to help me with my breathing, proper rest oral posture habits, and jaw size at an early age, I may not have needed all the invasive dental and orthodontic procedures I endured throughout my lifetime. I prefer an “ounce of prevention” over a pound of cure anytime!

So I started doing preventive orthodontics in 2001 and eventually sold my general practice in 2006 to go back to orthodontic school from 2007-2009, and I have never looked back!

Dr. Ward’s Education and Achievements:

1998: Graduated after 4 years of dental school at Baylor College of Dentistry, and completed an advanced education in General Dentistry.
2003: Achieved a fellowship in the academy of general dentistry
2006: was accepted into the specialization program in orthodontics, at the University of Colorado, and graduated after 27 months and earned designation of Certified Specialist in Orthodontics.

Association Memberships:

American Association of Orthodontics
North American Association of Facial Orthotropics
American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics – Current President
International Association of Facial Growth Guidance
Lane County Dental Society – Former President
Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

Awards and distinctions:

Rudolf Hanau Excellence in Prosthodontics Award
National Society of Dental Practitioners Ethics Award
Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry
President of the Lane County Dental Society, 2005-2006
President of C.O.R.E.- Comprehensive Orognathic Excellence Study Group, 2005-2006
Member of the Oregon Dental Association Board of Trustees, 2004-2006

Community Service:

Started the first dental clinic in the Serbu/Lane Country Juvenile Correction Facility (Still in operation today)
Volunteered for NW Medical Teams mobile clinic , 2005-2007
Participated in the Oregon Dentistry for the Disabled Program, 1999-2007
White Bird Community Clinic Volunteer, 1999-2007
Dentistry From the Heart, 2013-2014

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