Dr. Robert W. Shafer

Founder, Shafer Smiles

Dr. Robert Shafer is the founder and CEO of Shafer Smiles Orthodontics. He has over twenty years of experience in orthodontics, and has helped over six thousand children and adults achieve the smile they can be proud of. Dr. Shafer currently holds memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and then went on to receive his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Southern Illinois University (’92) where he was second in his class. He received his master’s degree in orthodontics from Marquette University (’94). Dr. Shafer was certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in February 2005.

Dr. Shafer and his wife, Michelle, have three children: Lane, Sydney and Ella. He and Michelle grew up in Catlin, Illinois, and they now reside in Mahomet, IL. Dr. Shafer became interested in orthodontics as a result of his own experience with his orthodontist. This helped him to realize the importance of a beautiful smile and how it affects a person’s self-esteem.


Share Your Smile

Publication Date: February 2018

Your child’s smile is important. Poorly aligned teeth or jaws can affect your child growing up around peers, and even into his or her careers as they age. Significant medical problems, such as chronic migraines, gum disease, and infections can occur due to the lack of a straight smile as well. So, what’s the solution? Where does an orthodontist come into play?

Share Your Smile: How To Choose An Orthodontist Who Puts Patients First will teach you all you need to know about the inner workings and recommendations of an orthodontist, including:

  • signs you or your child need to see an orthodontist
  • how orthodontic treatment can impact your child’s social life
  • what you can expect from an initial consultation and exam
  • the best treatment options for your child’s problems

There is nothing more joyful than a child’s smile―learn what you can do to help yours obtain a great smile they can carry forever!

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