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About Our Practice


Reese Orthodontics is a family-owned practice serving the west suburbs of Minneapolis for over fifty years. What sets us apart is our deep and lasting relationships. Karen Reese, DDS, MS, is an orthodontic specialist who continues to serve our “family” of patients that have long trusted Reese Orthodontics with their dental needs. Dr. Reese is a specialist in orthodontics who goes the distance for all her patients in both practice locations in Chanhassen and New Hope, Minnesota. 

Her original degree was a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist full time for five years before pursuing her dental degree. Immediately following dental school, Dr. Reese was accepted to the orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota. She completed her specialty certification in 1998 and her Master’s Degree in Dentistry in 1999.

Committed to education, Dr. Reese continues her studies in innovations in her field. Because of our focus on innovation, our practice has been a practice of “firsts” in the state of Minnesota. We were the first office in the state of Minnesota to offer self- ligating brackets, the first to offer the Herbst appliance for growth modification, the first office to offer lingual (behind the teeth) braces, first to provide combined orthodontics with Wilckodontic therapy providing fast yet stable tooth movement. 

Dr. Reese was the first orthodontist in Minnesota to train with the Coulson Institute in Denver for myofunctional therapy. In addition, she attended the first Invisalign training meeting here in Minnesota and has provided Invisalign aligner therapy since its inception. Dr. Reese has been an early adopter of intraoral scanning she has been an early adopter of intraoral scanning as well as virtual consultations.

Dr. Reese has been affiliated with many awards and honors over the years. She has been named to the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Hall of Fame, for being named the best orthodontist more than five times. Over the years, she has participated in many organizations and study groups including the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and the prestigious invitation-only Crown Council.

When Should My Child Start Orthodontic Care?

While there’s no set age to begin orthodontic treatments for children, starting early can help avoid significant issues later. Learn about the optimal time to begin orthodontic care for your child.

Do Clear Aligners Work as Well as Braces?

If you’re interested in having your teeth straightened or having a bad bite corrected, you may be wondering which orthodontic method is better: clear aligners or braces. It’s not an either/or choice in terms of effectiveness in most cases.


Words from our patients

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    Easy to work with! Did Invisalign for me and traditional braces for my son through Reese Ortho -- great results!

    Jeremy W.
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    Dr. Reese and her team have been fantastic to work with in assisting with doing the Invisalign braces option.

    Neal G.
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    I have been happy with my son’s phase I treatment. Dr. Reese and the team are gentle and nice. I highly recommend!

    Chase L.
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