Meet Your O'Fallon Orthodontist

Orthodontics Office O'Fallon MO

Originally from Northern California, Dr. Cheryl L. Held earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California at Davis, where she graduated in 1992 with high honors. While in school, she was invited to become a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

After working for two years, Dr. Held decided to continue her education by attending the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1997.

Upon graduation from dental school, she began her orthodontic residency at the Saint Louis University Department of Orthodontics, which transitioned into the SLU Center for Advanced Dental Education. At CADE, she earned her Master of Science in orthodontics, and graduated in 1999.

Why an Orthodontist in O'Fallon?

Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Dr. Held continued her formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Held has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.

Why does it matter if you see your O'Fallon Orthodontist?

Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.

Seeing a specialist like your O'Fallon orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:

    • Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.
    • Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.
    • Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns
    • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
    • You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your O'Fallon orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.


And don't let price be a problem either! WingHaven Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the O'Fallon area.