Dr. Chad M. Rasmussen, DDS
- Orthodontics (Primary)
Chad Rasmussen, DDS, provides the full scope of orthodontics procedures. He sees patients with craniofacial syndromes, patients needing jaw surgery and patients with TMJ and joint pain.
Dr. Rasmussen received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and completed his residency training at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he served as chief resident. Before practicing orthodontics, Dr. Rasmussen practiced general dentistry for 12 years. For 5 years, he owned his own private dental office and served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
Dr. Rasmussen's practice is unique because he is driven toward understanding the medical complexities of the teeth. Collaborating with surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center gives him the ability to see and treat complex cases such as craniofacial syndromes, anomalies needing jaw surgery, TMJ and joint pain. Achieving a good smile starts with the right diagnosis. Dr. Rasmussen works from a dental as well as a skeletal diagnostic philosophy. He seeks a clear answer as to why the teeth aren't situated well within the bones and why the bones may not be situated well in the face. Diagnosing correctly leads to the best outcomes.
Dr. Rasmussen's practice also serves as a residency program, meaning that each patient will receive care from a resident doctor. The nature of a residency program offers a depth of orthodontic procedures and treatments that are more economical for patients. Dr. Rasmussen also works in conjunction with the craniofacial team at the Children's National Health System to help administer cleft lip and palate treatments for children in the region.
Dr. Rasmussen is an advocate for making MedStar Washington Hospital Center the premier place in the region to serve individuals with jaw pain. The benefit of operating an orthodontic practice in conjunction with a hospital is that treating structural problems can be combined with treating musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Rasmussen would like to receive any patient referrals, including patients from private orthodontists.
"The transition from a dentist to an orthodontist has been exhilarating. The enthusiasm that my patients have for their orthodontic care motivates me every day. Most of my patients come to see me because they want to look better. Self-esteem is a big motivator for a lot of things, and that holds true for your teeth. The ability to help people build their confidence, whether it's going in for a job interview or just feeling comfortable sitting and talking with their friends, is an incredible thing.
Education is a big passion of mine. I want my patients to be in control of their health and the decisions they make regarding their care. The ability to present my patients with treatment options, so that they can make an informed decision, starts with the right diagnosis. I never offer a treatment that I wouldn't choose myself."
- Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2015)
- Medical School: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (1999)
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society