We Want To Treat Our Patients Like Family

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At Appel Orthodontics we get to serve patients and families that we've known for over 40 years. We want people to have relationships with our doctors and our team.

We Value Our Patients’ Stories

We want you to love visiting us as much as you love your smile. We want every time you visit us for you to feel like family. We are going to be together for a while, so we want to make sure you feel special every time.

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Dr. Steven Appel

Dr. Appel has been a practicing orthodontist in Philadelphia, PA since 1978.

"I love coming into work every day because I get to hang out with my son, Andrew. To see his commitment to being better, rather than sitting on my coat tails: he’s really a remarkable human and I'm proud to work with him."

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Dr. Andrew Appel

Dr. Andrew has wanted to be an orthodontist since he was 7 years old.

"I've had orthodontic work myself as a child, so I know how it feels to sit in the chair. I can understand the many emotions and attitudes that my patients might have toward their treatment."

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Dr. Steven Appel

Philadelphia orthodontist Dr. Steven Appel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1952. He has been a practicing orthodontist in Philadelphia, PA since 1978. He graduated from Hofstra University, Temple Dental, and NYU Orthodontics. He was a Clinical Instructor in Preventive and Interceptive Orthodontics at University of Pennsylvania from 1978 – 1981. He taught future orthodontists the best ways to improve the smiles of children ages seven to ten.

He is a past President of the Temple Dental Alumni Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Dr. Appel is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. He serves as an orthodontist consultant to the orthodontic industry, giving his opinions on new products and services from orthodontic companies. Dr. Appel’s orthodontist consulting work also puts him on the edge of the latest trends in braces so he can pass this knowledge along to you!

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Dr. Andrew Appel

Philadelphia orthodontist Dr. Andrew Appel was born and raised in Philly, and as the son of Dr. Steve Appel he’s always been a familiar face here at the office. Dr. Andrew has wanted to be an orthodontist since he was 7 years old, and in July 2013 he officially joined our team.He graduated summa cum laude from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honor society that recognizes excellence in dental school graduates. He has a certificate in orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Andrew had orthodontic work himself as a child, so he knows how it feels to sit in the chair. “I can understand the many emotions and attitudes that my patients might have toward their treatment,” he says. “Recognizing a patient’s feelings is what helps me partner with patients to achieve our goal of a creating a great new smile.”

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Dr. Vanessa Yu

Dr. Vanessa Yu Wang has been part of the Appel Orthodontic team since 2008! She has found great joy and satisfaction in helping patients attain both beautiful and healthy smiles! Her greatest pleasure has been getting to know the many families who have been under her care over the years.

In addition to her private practice responsibilities, Dr. Yu is also Clinical Associate Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Orthodontics. At the school, she is involved with resident training along with lecturing to the undergraduate dental students.

Dr. Yu has served as past President, and currently sits on the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists – a professional society dedicated to the education of orthodontists in the tristate area.

She received her dental degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and furthered her training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where she completed her residency in the specialty of Orthodontics.

Outside of things dental, Dr. Wang spends every moment of her free time being “just mom” to her twin daughters!

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Dr. Latisha henderson

Dr. Latisha Henderson was born and raised in South Jersey.

Dr. Henderson will be treating patients in our Roxborough office every Thursday.

In high school, she was first introduced to orthodontics as she began her own journey with braces. It was then, as she saw her own teeth straighten, that she made it her goal to become an orthodontist. She attended Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore for college and began to enter into the world of orthodontics by attending the University of Pennsylvania for dental school. She completed orthodontic residency at Seton Hill University located outside of the Pittsburgh area.

Dr. Henderson has been to many cities, but Philadelphia is one of her favorites. It is close to home, accessible, affordable and has so much to offer. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She has been to other countries such as Australia, Italy and the Dominican Republic and plans to travel more in the future. On the weekends you might find her at one of the many restaurants in Philadelphia and Sundays during football season, you will find her cheering for the Eagles!

Smiles are important to Dr. Henderson. She feels they have the power to give everyone confidence and self-esteem and she is very excited to join every single patient here on their own journey towards a beautiful smile.