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Negaar Sagafi, DMD

Bethesda Orthodontics by PoshOrtho

4833 Bethesda Ave., Suite 202, Bethesda, MD 20814

Spring Valley Orthodontics

4910 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 319, Washington, DC 20016

301-656-0600 | 202-244-3600

https://www.bethesdaorthodontics.com

Dr. Sagafi has four degrees from Boston University, including a doctorate from the School of Dental Medicine and a two-year advanced graduate degree in dentofacial orthopedics. In private practice since 2006, she taught in the Boston University Orthodontics Department from 2009-2015, and continues to lecture on the latest techniques in orthodontics at conferences and universities worldwide.

Q: What woman inspires you and why?

A: My mom has been an incredible role model. A retired pediatric dentist with whom I was fortunate enough to work, she was a trailblazer in her profession. While completing her specialty training in the early 1970s, she was one of just four women in the entire Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Then, after our family moved to the United States from Iran, she went back to Boston University for her D.M.D. in her mid-50s—despite already holding a four-year degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Dentistry—so she could practice dentistry in this country. She had a clear vision and was fearless in going after it.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: Being an orthodontist affords me the opportunity to positively impact people’s lives. It’s rewarding to give someone a smile they can wear proudly. I also enjoy the blend of science and artistry as I provide customized solutions to meet all my patients’ needs. My fascination with orthodontics actually began when I was 10 and my brother came home with braces. I begged my mom for a set of my own. An orthodontist we knew gave me a headgear and told my mom I’d probably never wear it, but I was so excited I even wore it to school!

Q: What are your top priorities?

A: Professionally, delivering unrivaled, personalized care to all my patients in a safe, welcoming environment. To be a valuable asset to my colleagues and to help innovate the industry.

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