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Meet Dr. David P. Hamm

Hello Fantastic Patients & Families of Griffin Orthodontics!

My name is Dr. David Hamm, and I am a proud born & raised Wisconsinite. Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, I moved to Milwaukee to pursue an accelerated dual-degree (Bachelor of Science & Doctor of Dental Surgery) program at Marquette University. Following my tenure at Marquette, I had the privilege to move to New York City to pursue additional training in general dentistry at the prestigious Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Following my time in Manhattan, I felt a calling to come back home to Wisconsin to work as a general dentist in Oconomowoc and teach part-time at Marquette University School of Dentistry. After a brief time in general dentistry, I moved to Lincoln, NE to pursue specialty training in orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics. Upon graduating from a rigorous clinical & didactic residency, I moved back to Wisconsin to start my professional career by improving the bites & smiles of the greater-Madison area.

All-in-all, my current life story can be summed up as “You can take the Wisconsinite out of Wisconsin, but you cannot take the Wisconsin out of the Wisconsinite!”

As someone who has always strived to learn more, I am continuous committing myself to staying up-to-date with participation in study clubs and attending continuing education (CE) courses. By utilizing modern advancements & technology in orthodontics, I believe that orthodontics can be a comfortable, efficient, and pleasant experience for my patients. As a past orthodontic patient, I know firsthand the life-changing effect that orthodontic treatment can provide, and I want to pay it forward by improving the next generation of smiles and bites, for which patients can be proud.

I look forward to meeting you soon, and thank you for letting me become a part of this awesome community!

 

The profession of being an orthodontist involves a life-long process of learning the latest and greatest advances in technology and research. Some highlights of my educational background and CE participation include:

Education:

  • Marquette University – Bachelor of Science in Physiological Sciences
  • Marquette University School of Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – Certificate in General Practice Residency
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center – Certificate in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center – Master of Science (MS) in Oral Biology

Achievements, Certifications, & Recognitions:

  • The Aligner Intensive Fellowship Certification
  • The Ultimate In-House Aligner & Digital Workflow Certification
  • Attended over 400 hours of clinical & practice management CE courses

With advances in technology, achieving a happy and healthy smile is easier than ever! As each person has unique goals & preferences, individualized treatments plans incorporate different  treatment modalities that fit your lifestyle, busy schedule, and budget.

Dr. Hamm’s Services & Orthodontic Treatment Options:

  • Conventional & Self-Ligating Brackets (Metal & Ceramic)
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligner Therapy
  • Laser Gingivectomy & Soft-Tissue Exposures
  • Temporary Skeletal Anchorage Devices

Through my professional affiliations, I am able to connect and collaborate with fellow orthodontists and dental health professionals to provide quality care to the patients we serve. I am a proud member of the following associations and organizations:

Honorary Memberships

  • Alpha Sigma Nu—Marquette Chapter[1]
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society—Xi Chapter[2]

Professional Affiliations & Organizations:

  • American Association of Orthodontics[3]
  • Midwest Society of Orthodontics[4]
  • Wisconsin Society of Orthodontics[5]
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry[6]
  • Delta Sigma Delta International Professional Dental Fraternity[7]

What prompted you to become an orthodontist?

  • My journey in becoming an orthodontist began when I started orthodontic treatment as an adolescent. I had a significant amount of crowding in my upper and lower jaws. As a result, I had a crossbite in a couple of my front teeth, which made me very self-conscious about my smile and affected my chewing ability. After several years of orthodontic treatment, my orthodontist blessed me with a very handsome smile and functional bite. Seeing the improvement in my self-esteem because of straighter teeth, it was at that moment that I knew I wanted to change people’s lives—one smile at a time.

What makes you passionate about orthodontics?

  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics is the perfect blend of science and artistry. I spent over a decade in post-secondary education learning the intricacies of the development of the face and teeth to understand how teeth move and what creates a functional bite. However, a functional bite isn’t the only thing that patients desire: they want a good-looking smile that will last them a lifetime.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

  • Even though we’re straightening teeth day-in and day-out, every day of work is different. Because every patient’s treatment case is unique and constantly evolving at each adjustment appointment, I have to be quick on my toes to make decisions that efficiently and effectively bring him/her one step closer to the best smile and bite possible. Also, I love working with the wonderful staff at the office: they are always energetic and happy to help out our patients, and I am lucky to have them on our team! Lastly, I love being engaged with the community.

What do you like to do in your free time?

When not preoccupied with improving bites & smiles of the greater Milwaukee area, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my two dogs Kobayashi (“Kobi”), a German Shorthaired Pointer/Terrier mix, and Boone, a Blue Heeler mix. When my dogs are tired, you can find me spending time working on his Jeep Wrangler, going to concerts and music festival, exploring new restaurants, and learning about 3D-printing.

[1] Alpha Sigma Nu honors students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service. Student membership is conferred on not more than four percent of the junior and senior class. Candidates must rank in the top fifteen percent of their class. Graduate students shall have completed one-half of the requirements for their degree at the time of nomination. All must meet qualifications of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of higher education.

[2] Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society recognizes dental students who exemplify outstanding professionalism and accomplishment in clinical and academic dentistry. Membership into Omicron Kappa Upsilon occurs only by election of faculty members at each accredited dental school or college. There are approximately 60 chapters

[3] Only dentists who successfully complete an accredited orthodontic residency program after dental school are accepted for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists.

[4] The Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO) is a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). We are comprised of over 1,460 members across the Midwest. Since 1939, the MSO has continuously strived to support the AAO mission by providing helpful resources, clear communication and strong leadership to component societies and individual members.

[5] The Wisconsin Society of Orthodontists (WSO) is a non-profit corporation over 50 years old, with a membership of approximately 200 orthodontists. We’re recognized as a component of MSO & AAO.

[6] The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is the largest international organization devoted to laser dentistry. Its members include general dentists, pediatric dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, hygienists, and others interested in the field of laser dentistry.

[7] Delta Sigma Delta is an organization of dentists and dental students brought together with the common goal of promoting excellence in the dental profession. There are currently 33 dental school chapters and 42 alumni chapters.

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