Dr. Matthew Dunn & Dr. Courtney Dunn

Written by Niki D’Andrea, Judy Harper, Leah LeMoine & Craig Outhier Category: Profiles Issue: August 2015
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MATTHEW DUNN - ORTHODONTIST

Dental School: University of Michigan
Years in Practice: 14

Many of us Gen Xers have horrible recollections of our orthodontics years. Do you still prescribe headgear?  
We try to do a lot of things to make the orthodontic experience a positive one. Between in-office contests, rewards programs [and] video games, there are a lot of things to make [it] fun. While I can’t say I never prescribe headgear, it is pretty rare.

Your website bio says you enjoy trying new restaurants. What are some of your favorites in the Valley?
For a date night or special occasion, Tarbell’s is awesome. For dinner with the kids, Beckett’s Table and Zinburger are both family favorites. I also really like the steak and blue cheese quesadilla at Luncha Libre.

Do you see more adult patients now? How do adult and pediatric patients differ?
Yes. About 25 percent of our patients are adults. The process of moving teeth [is] the same. Adults do bring some unique challenges. They typically have more extensive previous dental work, which requires greater planning and coordination between their orthodontist and dentist.

“If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d be...”
An astronaut. I would LOVE to go into space.

COURTNEY DUNN - ORTHODONTIST

Dental School: University of Michigan
Years in Practice: 14

What are the challenges and benefits of working with your spouse?
We are very different people, but I think that’s an advantage. Typically, his strengths are my weaknesses, and vice versa. It makes us a perfect match. We are both so passionate about what we do, but that can also be a challenge as we talk about work all the time!

Are orthodontics a rite of passage for modern American children? Are there any countries with comparable orthodontics usage to the U.S.?  
Most American parents want the best for their children, and that includes a beautiful smile and an optimal bite. For most of us, that means braces. I would guess that Canada and Australia are two countries that are similar to the U.S. when it comes to orthodontics usage.

“If I wasn’t a dentist, I’d be...”
A dermatologist.