Meet Dr. John Wachtel

Being an orthodontist means more than changing smiles. I have the ability to improve each patient’s function, reduce the likelihood of future dental issues and stress on the face and jaw, and boost their self-esteem and confidence.

I appreciate the people who come to us for care and treat each with the same respect, compassion, and empathy I’d provide a family member.


My goal, and that of Dr. Stieg and our team, is to provide patients with comfortable, efficient orthodontic experiences and deliver beautiful smiles they will enjoy for a lifetime.


Continuing education is at the core of who I am as an orthodontist. The development of new technologies, methodologies, and products happens at a dizzying rate and it’s essential to assess the viability of each. Our patients deserve proven orthodontic treatment that is safe and comfortable, and delivers a beautiful smile.

Throughout the year I attend multiple local, regional, and national conferences, lectures, and seminars. Additionally, I participate in local dental study groups.

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Beyond the Practice

After growing up in San Diego, and completing my dental degree in Pennsylvania and orthodontic studies in Boston, I moved to Scottsdale to join Dr. Stieg in practice. This has been a great community in which to raise my four children: daughters Lauren, Annalise, and Tessa, and son, Andrew. My wife Tarianne and I couldn’t be happier to be here.

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