As a practicing orthodontist for the past 23 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 30 years with two wonderful children. Our son, Jeff, graduated Samford University and our daughter, Kathryn recently graduated from 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.