As a practicing orthodontist for the past 22 years, my inspiration came from my dad, Dr. Guy A. Favaloro. Following in his footsteps, I watched his satisfaction from taking an imperfect set of teeth and making a beautiful smile.
I don’t think there’s a greater pleasure than watching a patient grin from ear to ear as they take pride in a new smile. One of the most thrilling aspects of my career is with my teenage patients who become more confident as their teeth improve. I have seen a quiet, shy child with crooked teeth turn into a confident, smiling young adult after treatment is complete. What could be better than this? I enjoy the interaction I have with these adolescents as I help them achieve the corrections they deserve. It is the same with my adult patients, enjoying the joint venture of helping them improve their sense of self, especially when I see those beaming smiles when their braces come off.
Orthodontics is a unique dental field unto itself. Most people have a fear of dentists, but as an orthodontist, I get to deliver a “product” that gives the patient immediate gratification.
After graduating from high school, I went to Texas Christian University where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I then went on to earn a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from LSU School of Dentistry, where I also completed my residency in orthodontics.
The required amount of continuing education per year is 20 hours and I typically do 30 to 40. The majority of my continuing education is clinical, which focuses on general dentistry so that I can better communicate with the general dentist on treatment options. As a part-time orthodontic faculty member, I am exposed on a weekly basis to the newest treatment methods, which keeps me front and center with what is current in the field.
My Professional Memberships
My career has enabled me to become a member of many prestigious associations, allowing me to continually stay abreast of the latest innovations in orthodontics:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Louisiana Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontics (Board Certified)
- American Dental Association
- Louisiana Dental Association
- New Orleans Dental Association
- Reserve Officer Association (Military)
Other Professional Activities
In addition to volunteering at the New Orleans Dental Conference to help provide quality continuing education in the dental field, I am also a part-time orthodontic faculty instructor at the LSU School of Dentistry Orthodontic Department. This ensures that I am up to date on the latest developments in the field, while training the next generation of orthodontists.
More About Me
I grew up in Kenner, LA with my two brothers. Later on I married my wife, Kim, and we have been together for 29 years with two wonderful children. Our son, Jeff, graduated Samford University and Kathryn is a senior at Texas Christian University. As an avid tennis player, I am in two tennis leagues. I am also active in my church and participate on the church softball team. I retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Colonel, where I enjoyed 21 years of service, with the last four as a Medical Squadron Commander.
When I’m not treating my patients, you will find me spending quality time with my family and friends.