Joel F. Brodsky DDS, MS


Creating Smiles Exclusively in Lakewood for 45+ Years

I've been creating smiles exclusively in Lakewood since 1976. To date, I've created over 25,000 Brodsky smiles. I pride myself in not only providing clinical excellence in orthodontic treatment but also in creating lasting relationships with my patients and their families.

Because I have remained in the same neighborhood for an extensive period of time, I've had the pleasure of treating as many as three generations of some local families. The relationships I've created are by far the most rewarding part of my job.

Over the last 40 years, I've created a professional yet friendly atmosphere to make our patients feel immediately comfortable. I enjoy being able to provide a high level of service in a personal way. My goal is to always have the time available to treat people as individuals.

My son, Dr. Charles Brodsky and I are involved in every aspect of patient care, and we examine each patient at every visit. I'm always available to answer your questions and keep you updated on treatment progress.

Education & Continuing Education

I'm a home-grown Southern California orthodontist who was born in Los Angeles. I attended UCLA for eight years where I first studied engineering and then received my doctor of dental surgery degree in 1974.

It was at UCLA where orthodontics sparked my interest as I became enamored at the idea of creating smiles without drilling. For this reason, I headed across the country to Rochester, New York, where I studied orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Center - University of Rochester and earned both a certificate in orthodontics and master of science degree in 1976.



I've always believed strongly in the incorporation of cutting-edge technology in orthodontic practice and I've lectured on this topic at dental schools and meetings across the country. Today, my research centers on 3D digital imaging, the Pendulum appliance and Invisalign® treatment.


Paying It Forward

I believe in giving back to the profession I love and I have been able to do it in many ways. I have held an academic appointment at the UCLA School of Dentistry where I've donated time as a clinical instructor in orthodontics and oversaw student research in the field.

My most challenging and satisfying cases involve patients with craniofacial problems and/or skeletal disharmonies that require a team approach and/or orthognathic surgery. I'm associated with the cleft palate teams at:

  • Long Beach Memorial Hospital
  • Orthopedic Hospital Los Angeles
  • Southern California Kaiser Permanente


Outside the Office

I currently live in Long Beach with my wife of more than 40 years, Edie. In our free time, we like to spend time with our children and our four adorable grandkids.

When I'm not babysitting, I like to tinker with computers, exercise regularly, play golf, snow ski, and travel.

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