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Doctors of the Bankhead and Firth team

Premier Orthodontist in the St. Louis area

With three orthodontic specialists and five convenient locations, we are family-owned, family-focused, and dedicated to bringing personalized smile transformation for children and adults in Oakville, Sunset Hills, Eureka, Waterloo, and Columbia.

“I highly recommend the team at Bankhead & Firth Orthodontics! Everyone is so kind and helpful. Dr. Firth and Dr. Kaiser provided great care and communication throughout all stages of my treatment plan.”

Thomas K.

John R. Firth

John R. Firth, D.D.S., M.S. attended Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. He was awarded a four-year Resident Dental Education Scholarship in 1988, and attended Creighton University School of Dentistry (Omaha, Nebraska) Graduating in 1992 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, and was a member the Honorary Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity. In 1994, Dr. Firth obtained a Master’s degree in Dentistry for Orthodontics from Saint Louis University School of Orthodontics, known as one of the finest orthodontic programs in the United States.

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Dr. Firth is an active member of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, and the World Federation of Orthodontics.

By continuing to attend workshops and seminars, Dr. Firth remains up-to-date in the latest techniques and procedures in order to provide the best care possible for his patients. Recently Dr Firth began teaching Clinical Orthodontics at Saint Louis University.

He and his beautiful wife, Michelle, have four wonderful sons: Tyler, Justin, Ryan, and Jason.

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Kevin C. Kaiser

Kevin C. Kaiser, D.D.S., M.S. grew up in Sunset Hills and attended Lindbergh High School. He then went on to the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2012 graduating with University Honors.

He attended University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry and graduated in 2016 Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree. In 2015, Dr. Kaiser was the winner of the American Dental Association Student Ethics competition (see his winning video here) and received the Humanitarian Award from the International College of Dentists for exemplifying and demonstrating passion for altruistic humanitarian service as a dental student. He received the Outstanding Dental Student in Implant Dentistry Award from the Academy of Osseointegration for his research on implants while in dental school. Dr. Kaiser was inducted into the honors fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon for being in the top of his dental class.In 2018, Dr. Kaiser graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics program obtaining his Orthodontic Specialty training certificate. During his residency, he completed the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences for his novel research on the nasal septum’s role in human craniofacial development.

Dr. Kaiser is active with the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists.

As a native of St. Louis, he and his wife Megan love being involved in and serving the same community that provided so much for him. When he’s not straightening teeth, Dr. Kaiser is training for triathlons and can be found cheering on the Blues.

Justin M. Firth

Justin M. Firth, D.M.D., M.S. earned his -Doctor of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ where he graduated summa cum laude and the top of his class. He has also completed both his Master of Science in Dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from Saint Louis University. He is a Board-Certified Orthodontist by the American Board of Orthodontics.

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Beyond the office, he enjoys discovering the best restaurants and food in St. Louis’s amazing food scene, spending time with his Golden Retriever (Phoenix), cheering on the Cardinals and Blues, and spending time on the lake during the summer.