Meet Your Portland Orthodontist

Dr. Joanna Yu graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor in Biology. She received her dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, graduated with highest honor. She then completed orthodontic specialty training at Tufts. Dr. Yu is a member of the American Association of Orthodontist and Maine Dental Association.

Dr. Yu lives in Falmouth with her husband, Dr. Alex Mazurenko, their two sons Vincent and Adrian. She enjoys traveling, Pilates, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jooanna Yu Orthodontist

Why an Orthodontist in Portland?

Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Dr. Yu continued her formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Yu has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.

Why does it matter if you see your Portland Orthodontist?

Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.

Seeing a specialist like your Portland orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:

    • Providing additional treatment options.

    • Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.

    • Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.

    • Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns

    • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.

You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Portland orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.

And don't let price be a problem either! Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Portland area.

Testimonials from your Portland orthodontist patients

My daughter and I got treatment together and we had the most amazing experience! Dr. Yu and the APO team are the best and we couldn't be happier with our new smiles!

Dr. Yu and her team are amazing! Always so friendly and informative. I can't recommend their services enough. One of the best experiences I've had as a patient!

Dr. Yu and her team are extremely friendly and down to earth. Fantastic service all around and they are always smiling and making sure my daughter is happy. I would highly recommend!!