For 2013, we sent questionnaires to every dentist licensed in Connecticut— more than 2,800 — asking them to recommend a dentist to whom they would send a loved one for care in seven categories. We received 490 completed questionnaires (18 percent), a very good return rate. Thus, every dentist listed has been recommended by a significant number of his or her peers — indeed, the only way to make the list is through these peer recommendations. We like to say that every dentist who makes the list is a good one, or at least a recommended one, but not every good dentist makes the list. You should use it as a reference, not the final word, as you search for someone to help you with your dental needs. You must ultimately do your own due diligence in order to decide which dentist is right for you or your loved ones.
Dr. Emily O’Keiff graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., with a B.S. in biology and a minor in Spanish. She graduated magna cum laude from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the first dental college in the world and the birthplace of the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She trained in orthodontics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and also earned an M.S. in oral biology. She has served as section chief for the dental section of the department of surgery at New Milford Hospital since 2008.
Dr. O’Keiff is in solo practice as an orthodontist and treats children and adults. Her warm, relaxing office is located in a historic building with exposed brick and large windows allowing lots of natural light. The non-clinical look of her office is one reason people feel calm and relaxed at each visit. Dr. O’Keiff is also good at relieving patients’ anxieties.
She starts early screening on children at the age of 7, in accordance with the guidelines of the American Association of Orthodontics. Some children benefit from early treatment; most need to wait until they are older.
Regardless of the type of treatment her patients require, Dr. O’Keiff says she spends “a significant amount of time on communication. I send a pre-and post-treatment letter, photos and X-rays to their dentists, and pre-and post-treatment letters and photos to each patient. They are very thorough, customized letters—not ‘stock’—and I spend most of my time (when I am not with patients) working on this.”
Dr. O’Keiff makes orthodontics as fun as possible for children, letting them choose from different colored braces, very high-tech self-ligating braces for kids, porcelain braces or Invisalign for teenagers and adults. She has achieved the status of preferred Invisalign provider because of her extensive experience with Invisalign appliances.
Practice: O'Keiff Orthodontics
Dental School: Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Dental School,
University of Maryland at Baltimore
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Orthodontics American Dental Association Connecticut State Dental Association Greater Danbury Dental Society