Dr. Brett Christensen Earns Fellow Status at the American Laser Study Club
We are thrilled to announce that Brett Christensen, DDS, MS, has recently achieved Fellow status at the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). As an ALSC Fellow, Dr. Christensen has demonstrated a high commitment to education and training with surgical and dental lasers, including successfully completing the ALSC and Laser Institute of America courses and exams. The Fellow status at the ALSC confirms Dr. Christensen’s knowledge in the foundations of laser surgery and laser safety principles. To learn more about the ALSC Fellow status and see a list of current Fellows, please click here.
About Dr. Christensen
Dr. Christensen has been treating Sleep Disorder Breathing since becoming an orthodontist in 1999. For children, being trained in bio-progressive orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, he has been able to treat breathing disorders through growth and development. It is a matter of knowing what is causing the airway obstruction.
Having the right tools is crucial in diagnosing and treatment planning for the patient. Dr. Christensen has invested in the most advanced CT scan (CBCT) machine in the industry which help determine with more accuracy the effects of maxillary expansion on the nasal airway and oral volume.
Advancing technologies in growth of infants to adult patients, by use of epigenetics, has made it possible to treat patients in a way never considered in the past. Many patients can now be treated non-surgically and without extractions. Treating the cause of bad airway, tongue tie rather than just looking at the teeth.
In the last 10 years, Dr. Christensen’s orthodontic practice has incorporated Sleep Medicine as a driving force in treating patients with a comprehensive health focused treatment rather than with traditional orthodontics.
In May 2019, Dr. Christensen received Diplomat Status with the ASBA (American Sleep and Breathing Academy) and became one of five orthodontists to become Board Certified in Sleep Medicine.
I attended Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating third in my class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1993. I completed my Advanced Education in General Dentistry through the US Army Dental Corp in Fort Carson, Colorado. There, I received specialized training in oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics.
For two-and-a-half years, I served as a general dentist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. During this time, I also served as the XO (Executive Officer) of the 464th Medical Company during Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia Conflict).
In 1997, I was accepted to an orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky where I not only received my Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics, but also received my Master’s Degree in Oral Biology with my thesis, Treating Class III Malocclusions in Children with Expansion and Facemask Protraction. I graduated second in my class in 1999.
Upon graduation from my orthodontic residency, I continued my service in the US Army and served as Chief of Orthodontics at the Ft. Bragg Bravo Program. I taught orthodontics for two years while also maintaining a practice in orthodontics where surgical correction was the focus to support the oral surgery program at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
From 2001-Present, I have practiced in Lewiston, Grangeville, Orofino, and Moscow. In the last ten years, my orthodontic practice has incorporated sleep medicine as a driving force in treating patients with a more comprehensive health focused treatment rather than traditional orthodontics.
In 2019, I received Diplomate status with the ASBA (American Sleep and Breathing Academy). I am one of five orthodontists in the country with this status from the ASBA.
Learn more about Dr. Christensen on his website, christensenbraces.com.