Dr. Terry Tingey

Terry Tingey, DDS, MSD

It is in my nature to want to know how things work and how to make them more efficient. Much of my childhood was spent taking things apart and putting them back together. This “engineer’s curiosity” has been the key to my enjoyment of the profession of orthodontics. Each treatment is a challenge, putting the pieces together in proper form to achieve something as beautiful as a smile.

I find great satisfaction in improving the lives of people, individually and collectively, and greatly appreciate the people who come to our office. Each patient who entrusts their treatment to me is a friend and they will get my best effort, no matter what. My orthodontic patients are the best. They are, if not all young, at least, young at heart.

Education and Experience

My career in orthodontics began far before I even entered dental school. When I was 14, I worked part time for a local orthodontist in Idaho Falls until I graduated from high school. I was trained to make study models, retainers, and other lab appliances. This experience gave me, at a young age, invaluable skills and exposure to the career that I ultimately chose. I completed my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Washington in 1979 and continued on there for my Orthodontic Residency and Master of Science degree.

As a dedicated learner, I regularly participate in numerous forms of continuing education to learn about the most current techniques and materials available in orthodontics. This includes advanced study on sleep disorders, temporary anchorage devices, and the treatment of bite problems that damage the teeth and TMJ.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Outside the Office

I consider myself a father and husband who happens to practice orthodontics. My wife, Paula, and I have raised five wonderful children who are now finding their own ways to make a difference in the world. I consider myself an inventor at heart so when I’m not in the office, I can be found studying things from medieval machinery to the latest orthodontic technology. In the summer, I enjoy fishing and playing golf, and in the winter I ski and go snowmobiling.

Being involved in community service makes life more meaningful. I am a volunteer leader in my church and am active in the Meridian Kiwanis Club. I have also been a scout leader for most of my adult life.