Meet Dr. Nicholas Rafaill

A Love for People and Their Smiles

As an orthodontist, I spend my days helping remarkable people change their lives. A person’s smile says so much about them and is often the first thing noticed. When someone is ashamed of their crooked teeth, they hide their smile and are often afraid to make eye contact. But when they have a beautiful smile, that person is confident and secure in social situations. They actively engage with others, talking and laughing, and yes, smiling, with nary a thought to how their teeth appear. They know their smile looks incredible.

Being an orthodontist means helping people live healthier, happier lives. Straightening an individual’s teeth creates a great smile. It also improves their dental health, as it’s easier for the person to properly brush and floss. Correcting malocclusions also means the person’s bite is good, which relieves stress on their jaw and facial muscles.

My father was an orthodontist who practiced in this area for more than 40 years. I loved visiting him and working in his practice during high school, being drawn to the science and art required to create smiles. But I was mostly attracted by his ability to truly change people’s lives, for the better. I cannot imagine a more rewarding profession.

Education and Continuing Education

My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by the Dental School at the University of Minnesota. I then completed a Fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) before studying Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester.

Each year I complete many hours of continuing orthodontic education. By remaining current on emerging technologies and treatments, I ensure my patients access to the best care options.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Association of Orthodontists
  • Macomb Dental Association
  • Premier Invisalign® Certified Provider
  • Premier ClearCorect™ Certified Provider

I’m honored to have been voted the TOP ORTHODONTIST by general dentists in our area, in Hour Detroit Magazine.

Personal Life

When not caring for patients, I’m usually spending time with my wife and two children. I love keeping active, whether that’s water-skiing, boating, snow skiing, or playing tennis and hockey. We have a lot of weekend bonfires, too. I love to travel and am someone who loves to try and do everything.

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