David E. Harmon, Jr., DDS, MSD
I love the field of orthodontics, because it allows me to have a major, positive impact on the lives of so many wonderful people. You speak to the world through your smile, and as an orthodontist, I have been given the opportunity to help create healthy, beautiful smiles. Ultimately, creating beautiful smiles...in perfect HARMONY!!!! The field is the perfect combination of science, technology, and artistry. All three come into play when I meet a new patient and start learning about their desire for a new smile, and then examine their teeth and jaw to see what techniques will work best for them. Each person’s smile requires a slightly different approach, which keeps me challenged and engaged.
I love watching the transformation that I see taking place in my patients. Witnessing each person’s confidence begin to blossom, as they see their appearance begin to change, is humbling and rewarding. I know the difference having a beautiful smile makes in a person’s life, and to be an integral part of someone’s smile transformation is my passion.
Education and Commitment to Education
I’m a local man, having attended Bishop McNamara High School before enrolling at Howard University in Washington, DC. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Dentistry, and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery was awarded by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, formerly known as the School of Dentistry. It was there that I fell in love with orthodontics, so I applied to and was accepted into the Case Western Reserve University’s Master’s program, where I graduated with a Master of Science of Dentistry degree and a certificate in orthodontics.
I am passionate about innovation and technology, especially in orthodontics. It’s essential that every professional stay abreast of developments in their field, and in oral healthcare there are always new technologies and treatment methodologies. My patients trust me to provide them with the best, most proven care options available, so I pursue continuing education offerings throughout the year. Most recently, I have embarked on intergrating 3D printing technology, in an effort to create customized in-house aligners--a lower cost alternative to traditional aligners. As a lover of the field of orthodontics, I am also excited to be teaching this 3D Aligner Technnology to the Orthodontic residents at University of Maryland.
I am also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland Department of Orthodontics; Adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Department of Orthodontics, Cleveland, OH. I give seminars on early treatment, Invisalign, Propel (Accelerated Orthodontic Tooth Movement), diode laser, electro-surgery soft tissue management techniques, as well as, other advanced mechanics in the field of orthodontics.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Member, Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
- Member, Board of Directors, Prince George's Community College Education Foundation
- Past President, Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Former Member of Bishop McNamara High School's Board of Directors.
Away from the practice, I prefer to spend my time with my wife, Shonda, and two children, Kennedy and David III. I’m an avid golfer, and enjoy computers and technology.