Richard Shin, D.D.S., M.S.

Shin Orthodontics

Dental Doctor Damascus

If you are planning a trip to anywhere in the world, you might want to ask Dr. Richard if he’s been there, and the chances are that he has!

Dr. Richard left his native Korea with his family at early age and was fortunate to experience living in a number of different countries that most of us could only imagine… if you would like to know where he has been, please feel free to ask him the next time you meet him. He will gladly talk to you about his travels!

  • Dr. Richard belongs to two high school alumni, Mill Hill School in London, United Kingdom, and Papakura High in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Dr. Richard also belongs to two dental school alumni, University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Dr. Richard also completed a three-year post-graduate program in orthodontics at Vanderbilt Univeristy Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Dr. Richard practiced orthodontics in Los Angeles, California, for several years.
  • Dr. Richard also spent two years in full-time teaching and practiced as an orthodontic faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Dr. Richard has treated patients with cleft lip and palate deformities as well as other craniofacial deformities as part of the Vanderbilt’s CranioFacial Anomalies Team.

  • Dr. Richard has been featured as a guest on Health, Wealth & Wisdom radio show on WMGG 1470 AM and on Healthy 4 Life WSMV Channel 4 News.
  • Drs. Richard and Debra met at a conference for the orthodontists and have been married since 2009. They are loving parents of a highly energetic 2 year old princess named Audrey.

  • Dr. Richard is also fluent in Korean, is at tourist conversational French and at beginner’s Arabic.

  • Dr. Richard loves to spend time with his family and friends, travel, play the guitar and swim.

  • Drs. Richard and Debra are now proud to call North Bethesda/Rockville home! We love to make new friends and visit new businesses in our new town.

  • Dr. Richard Shin is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. In addition, Dr. Shin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in the Specialty of Orthodontics and a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the Specialty of Orthodontics.

Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics is a unique achievement. In order to become Board Certified, both Dr. Richard and Dr. Debra passed a comprehensive oral and written examination covering all phases of orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic care. They also had to present to the Board detailed case reports on the treatment that they provided for a broad range of orthodontic problems. Less than 25% of all orthodontic specialists are board certified, which places both Dr. Richard and Dr. Debra at the top of their specialty.

ADA AAO Diplomats American Board of Orthodintics The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

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Why Choose Us?

  • State of the art technology
  • We use a team approach of general dentists and specialists for comprehensive dental care.
  • Multiple hygienists can see the whole family at once
  • Compassionate and knowledgeable staff in a comfortable environment
  • Acceptance of most insurance plans and flexible payment options