Meet Dr. Dierkes

Dierkes is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. He served as Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics at Emory University until 1985 when he returned to private practice. As reported in Self Magazine, the American Association of Orthodontists recognized Dr. Dierkes as one of the top 10 orthodontists in the country.

Regarding his formal education, Dr. Dierkes consistently graduated in the top 10% of each of his graduating classes which earned him the distinction of Magna Cum Laude for all of his degrees: University of Detroit – B.S. Biology; University of Michigan – D.D.S.; University of Michigan – M.S. Orthodontics; Kingdom College of Natural Health – N.M.D.

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Dierkes specializes in early orthodontic treatment, comprehensive treatment, surgical orthodontics, and facial orthopedics as well as the treatment of chronic head and neck pain associated with jaw dysfunction (TMJ/TMD).

“Dr. D” is a dynamic leader in the community and very devoted to his family. He is married and is the proud father of four girls and two boys. He and his wife, Ellen, are active in their church, and his hobbies include rowing, downhill skiing, wood crafting, fitness training, horseback riding, and an occasional game of golf.

Influence Of Several Renowned Doctors

Dr. Dierkes’ friendships and relationships with several renowned doctors over the years helped shape his diagnostic and treatment philosophy as he developed the most comprehensive and progressive approach to orthodontic and TMJ treatment. In the mid 80's, Dr. Dierkes met and established a friendship with Dr. Janet Travell, formerly President John F. Kennedys’ personal back physician.

Dr. Travell authored the textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, which has enabled doctors worldwide to understand and identify referred pain. Over time, she influenced his thinking regarding the relationship of thyroid function and adequate B vitamins for achieving normal muscle physiology so important in the TMD and growing orthodontic patient. She reinforced the importance of adequate thyroid activity to normal connective tissue integrity, which we must be concerned about in managing the care of the orthodontic and TMD patient for a successful outcome that embraces the best possible long-term stability.

Dr. Dierkes was also able to personally study with Dr. Rolf Frankel from East Germany. It was his relationship with Dr. Frankel over the years that helped developed predictable arch development or expansion techniques offering long-term stability unparalleled anywhere in the world. It is the arch development techniques that have established the smile lines so characteristic of Dr. Dierkes’ patients.

Dr. Dierkes has taught his technique to countless other orthodontists over the years. It is one of the differences that has somewhat “trademarked” his approached that has earned him the recognition of being one of the top orthodontists in the country.

Eastman Kodak used one of his patients in a two-page advertisement capturing the “perfect smile.” Another patient of Dr. D’s received the Best Smile award at Roswell High School in 2005. Still another one of his patients received the Best Smile award at Roswell High School in 2006. Dr. Dierkes and his staff are honored with this recognition and are appreciative of the gifts that he has been given.


There is a definite difference in our approach to orthodontic and TMJ care. Dr. D has been gifted in the integration of the best techniques from some of the finest doctors in the world. It is this integration that has helped him develop a more holistic approach to care. As a result, there is so much to consider for each patient, and with that, an obligation to communicate effectively these considerations to each patient and family.

He has been somewhat of a pioneer in patient education to help patients make informed choices in their care. Equally important to the most optimal treatment outcome is the relationship that we establish and maintain with our patients.

Parents are welcome to join their children during appointments. Maintaining direct communication is Dr. Dierkes’ approach to achieving a close working relationship with parents, patients, and other health care professionals with a definite air of mutual respect.

A Holistic Approach to Orthodontics

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Dr. J. Michael Dierkes, DDS, MS, NMD is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. His services have improved the lives of people from Roswell and the surrounding areas, including residents of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the radiant, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation!