Originally from Korea with a dream of becoming a doctor, Dr. Ahn came to America and realized that dream in 1995 when he graduated from SUNY at Stoneybrook School of Dental Medicine (DDS). He lived in New York City since the 1980's and has been practicing dentistry since he completed his residency at the VA hospital in Northport, Long Island.
He has formal training in Implant Dentistry and Orthodontics. In particular, he likes to do implant dentistry and has been performing such since 2000. He is proficient in placing implants as well as restoring them. In fact, he can remove teeth and replace with an implant in the same visit!
Dr. Ahn also performs Functional Orthodontics which not only corrects teeth but the facial figure as well. Functional orthodontics not only make the teeth straight but can also improve facial features such as moving and repositioning and reshaping jaws and jaw lines.
By treating patients with functional appliances (orthotics) TMJ problems can be prevented or corrected. The time patients need to wear braces can be significantly shortened from the average time of 2 years 9 months with extraction and braces. However with functional appliances, oftentimes, extraction of teeth can be avoided and treatment can be shortened to 1 - 1 1/2 years.
When Invisalign is incorporated with functional appliances (ie: expanding the lower jaw or upper jaw) oftentimes one can do without braces all together.
Married since 1993, Dr. Ahn enjoys reading, nature and hiking on his free time.
Functional Orthodontic Appliance - Loose, usually removable intra-oral devices which alter the muscle forces against the teeth and craniofacial skeleton. (ADA 1992)