“Orthodontics is not just my profession, but my passion. I love what I do from start to finish, but definitely the most rewarding part of my work is the beautiful smile at the end of the journey!” – Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica Teredesai has been creating beautiful smiles since 2001. Being an orthodontist means more than just straightening teeth to Dr. Monica. She believes that a beautiful smile builds confidence and feels fortunate to be in a profession that lets her change the lives of people while doing what she truly loves to do! Dr. Monica’s philosophy has always been to treat each patient as an individual, creating a smile that is unique to them and their face. She places emphasis on patient communication and comfort so that the journey to a beautiful smile is a pleasant and enjoyable one!
Education and Experience
- Certification in Orthodontics – Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine 2001
- Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine 1999
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery – University of Mumbai Nair Hospital Dental College 1996
Dr. Monica began her career as a dentist in India, where she went through five years of training at Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai. When she moved to the United States, she pursued her D.M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating at the top of her class with high honors and a GPA of 4.0. Orthodontics had always been the field that she had been drawn towards, and Columbia University was an ideal place to immerse into it. After completing her specialization in Orthodontics, she went into private practice in Stamford, where she worked for over five years before starting Smile Art Orthodontics in Wilton.
Dr. Monica attends numerous meetings and conferences, as well as online continuing education courses throughout the year to keep abreast of current research and developments in the orthodontic field. Additionally, she has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 2001 as a clinical instructor for the orthodontic residents. Her role as an educator also keeps her up-to-date with the latest technological advances in orthodontics, enabling her to provide the best possible care to her patients and maintain a cutting-edge practice.
Academic and Professional Achievements
Dr. Monica has excelled both academically and clinically throughout her years of training and practice. She graduated with high honors and a GPA of 4.0 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and received the National Board Achievement Award for her outstanding performance on the Dental Boards. Dr.Monica is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and in 2002, she was awarded the Shepard Award of Distinction by the American Board of Orthodontics for achieving the highest score nationally on the board certification examination. Click for detailed CV
- College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Columbia Orthodontic Alumni Society, Advisory Board
Outside the Office
When Dr. Monica is not busy creating beautiful smiles, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, reading, watching TV, and most of all, relaxing and spending time with her husband, Ajay, and her children, Isha and Sahil.
Dr. Monica feels strongly about giving back to the community, and does so through donations and sponsorships to local schools, sports teams and other non-profit groups. She volunteers at her children’s schools in whatever way possible and is involved in community outreach projects. Dr. Monica is proud to be part of the Smiles Change Lives program, which provides access to orthodontic treatment for children from families who cannot afford the full cost of treatment.