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Orthodontist—Cedar Hill, TX

Committed to Our Community
Since 1991

Dr. John Valant has been a fixture in the Cedar Hill community for almost 30 years, so long that many of his first child patients are now bringing their own children to come see him! He’s thrilled to have the opportunity every day to help people improve their health and appearance using his friendly and comprehensive approach to orthodontic care. Dr. Valant and the rest of his team can’t wait to meet you.

Why Did You Decide to Become an Orthodontist?

After graduating from dental school and practicing as a general dentist for 6 years, Dr. Valant became extremely interested in the early treatment of orthodontic problems. He was amazed at the difference orthodontics could make for a child when it came to not just their teeth, but their facial appearance, as well as their confidence. Years of specialty training in orthodontics enabled him to fulfill his passion of treating both kids and adults at his practice in Cedar Hill.

Where Did You Study Dentistry & Orthodontics?

Dr. Valant is a graduate of West Point and received his dental degree from Loyola University. He then spent the next 6 years as a general dentist. Dr. Valant completed an orthodontic residency and received his master’s degree from Texas A&M/Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.

Today, he is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. To become a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Valant had to take an extensive written test during his orthodontic residency and then present examples of successful cases to a collection of his peers. This process was not only tremendously educational, but it really helped refine his skills as well. Only about 25% of orthodontists in the US are board-certified, meaning Dr. Valant is able to provide a level of care that is truly above and beyond what you can expect at your typical office.

How Do You Stay Current with the Latest Orthodontic Advancements?

Dr. Valant is an assistant professor at Texas A&M/the Baylor College of Dentistry, where he has taught for over 20 years. Teaching others helps Dr. Valant stay on the forefront of the latest advancements in orthodontics, and he says his students actually teach him as much as he teaches them. Their questions and curiosity force him to constantly update his knowledge so he can give orthodontists of the future the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

Despite his decades of experience, Dr. Valant believes that he should never stop learning, which is why he continues to take courses focused on the newest techniques and technologies in orthodontics. In order to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs, he maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including the:

Outside of the Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Dr. Valant’s wife Nancy is a registered nurse, and they have 3 adult children, all of which were great patients! Ella, a miniature Australian Shepherd, is his Frisbee buddy. Dr. Valant also enjoys playing golf, skiing, scuba diving, and do-it-yourself projects.

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