Oct 12 Ortho Study Club

  • Thu, Oct 12, 2023 | 6:30 PM - Thu, Oct 12, 2023 | 8:30 PM



Getting the Timing Right in Orthodontics

Krista Hirasuna, DDS, MS

2 CE Units (Core)


  • The Benefits of Early Treatment
  • The Relationship Between Airway and Orthodontic Treatment in the Growing Child 
  • Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Treatment Planning


Krista Hirasuna, DDS, MS left engineering to pursue a career in dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During her dental training, she received the award for “Exceptional Interest in the Development of the Oro-Facial Complex” by the American Association of Orthodontists. In addition, her instructors recognized her achievements in scholarship, leadership, and community service with the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner award, the highest honor given by the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Continuing her studies at UCSF, Dr. Hirasuna received two degrees simultaneously, a Postdoctoral Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Oral and Craniofacial Science. During residency, she researched the use of lasers to remove residual orthodontic composite, or the cement that adheres braces to teeth. She published three articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hirasuna also presented her research at a national level, and she was awarded the Joseph E. Johnson Clinical Award by the American Association of Orthodontists.