Meet Dr. Loren Short

A Love for Changing Lives by Changing Smiles

I became an orthodontist because I wanted to improve lives by spreading smiles. Every day I am thankful for that decision. Spending time at the office doesn’t feel like going to “work” to me: it’s time spent with people I care about, helping them make a positive and lasting change in their lives.

Orthodontics is more than straightening teeth and creating beautiful smiles. It’s about improving a patient’s dental and overall health. Crooked teeth are difficult to properly floss and brush, leading to an increased likelihood of dental disease. Crooked teeth also affect a person’s bite, which causes strain on the face and jaw muscles. By gently shifting a patient’s teeth into proper alignment, I not only create an amazing smile, I improve their long-term dental and body health, too.

I never tire of watching the transformations that happen in patients. Their self-esteem grows and personalities blossom as they see their new smile develop. Each person becomes more confident and comfortable in social situations, talking and smiling without concern for their appearance. The day we remove a person’s braces is best of all: the look on their face, that beaming, joyous smile, tells me I’m in the right profession.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Middleton High School
  • Undergraduate degree, Brigham Young University
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University Dental School
  • Orthodontic residency, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Each year I complete many hours of continuing orthodontic education. I study at national, regional, and local conferences and seminars, learning from the leaders in the field. I stay current with research, changes in treatments, and new technologies. My patients trust me to provide the best treatment options and care experience. I am committed to exceeding their expectations.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Western Treasure Valley Dental Society

I also established a chapter of the Smiles for a Lifetime organization; I want to give back to the community where I was raised and improve the lives of others.

Away from the Office

I grew up here in the Middleton / Caldwell area and moved back after finishing my orthodontic residency. I’m happily married and have four wonderful children. The kids are active in various sports and serving in our church and community. Being with my family is my priority: whether we’re at a sporting event, attending a school or community gathering, or vacationing, I want to be with them.

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