Meet Dr. Karl Swenson

Transforming Lives by Changing Smiles

As an orthodontist, I have the chance to transform people’s self-esteem and confidence. Orthodontic treatment improves oral health, function, and the smile. It’s amazing to watch a person move through treatment, seeing them grow and change as they see their teeth move into the right position.

No two patients are the same: each has their own clinical issues and personal concerns and goals. I tailor treatment to each patient, focusing on efficient care that delivers the highest-quality results. I want patients to complete treatment with a smile they love and to have enjoyed every step of the journey!

My father was a dentist and I’m married to a pediatric dentist. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in the dental field. I chose orthodontics as I like the aesthetic component, combined with the science. Each day presents its own challenges and I constantly have to think of new techniques and approaches to solve each patient’s malocclusion.

It’s incredibly rewarding to see the happiness on a patient’s face when we’re finished and I show them their before and after photos. They can’t look away from the mirror and are unable to stop grinning! — Dr. Karl Swenson

Education and Continuing Education

  • Undergraduate studies – Luther College
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  • Master of Science – University of Iowa Department of Orthodontics

Being an orthodontist means committing to continual learning. Dr. Swenson is a member of study clubs and attends meetings, lectures, and seminars in order to learn new techniques and stay current on new products. His goal is to deliver the best treatment results in a comfortable, efficient manner. Continuing education ensures that he exceeds his patients’ expectations!

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Linn County Dental Society
  • University District Dental Society
  • Black & Gold Study Club (local division of the Seattle Study Club)

Personal Life

Dr. Swenson grew up in Manson, a small farming town in the northwest part of Iowa. He’s called Cedar Rapids home since 2012. When he’s not working, Dr. Swenson is usually with his family.  His wife, Sarah, is a pediatric dentist in Cedar Rapids and Marion. The couple has a young son, Caleb, and are expecting their second child in 2017. Their family also includes a yellow lab, Kinnick.

Dr. Swenson and his family love to travel, especially to spend time in on Moose Lake in Wisconsin, fishing and relaxing on the lake. Dr. Swenson is avid sports fan, especially of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and he tries to golf or bike when he can. He also enjoys cooking, but not doing the dishes!

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