“I have one of the best jobs in the world by being able to create a smile for a person they are proud showing to the world! I find it very rewarding to be able to follow patients as they first start treatment, and watching them grow and develop beautiful smiles on the journey through orthodontics.” – Dr. Kraig Kottemann
Throughout his life, Dr. Kraig Kottemann has seen first-hand the amazing effects that orthodontic treatment has in the lives of patients. To begin his orthodontic career, Dr. Kottemann attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a double degree in Biology and Art Studio. He continued on to the University of Arizona School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and completed his formal education at the University of Minnesota, receiving his Master of Science degree and Certificate in Orthodontics.
Dr. Kottemann is passionate about the new technologies that have been recently incorporated in the orthodontic profession, making treatment times shorter and much more comfortable for patients. He continued his education, focusing on the advancements in new wires, temporary anchorage devices, and laser treatment, which continues to make orthodontic treatment exciting and brings new challenges to the field.
Dr. Kottemann is active in the following professional organizations:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Minnesota Dental Association
- Give Kids a Smiles
- Smiles Change Lives
When he’s not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Kottemann enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura Kottemann DMD, a pediatric dentist in the Orono area. They have three-year-old twin girls, Valerie and Olivia, and an incredibly naughty beagle named Bailey. Dr. Kottemann spends most of his time chasing his kids around the house, but does enjoy basketball, water sports, and playing golf when he gets the chance.