A frequent lecturer on the future of orthodontics (and therefore world traveler), Dr. Negaar Sagafi made her way from Boston, Mass. to Bethesda, Md. in 2015. Her love affair with orthodontics started decades ago, though, when her brother got braces.
Dr. Sagafi was so fascinated by the orthodontic process that she begged her mother, a pediatric dentist, for a set of her own. While Dr. Sagafi was not blessed with braces as a child, a family friend who was an orthodontist eventually gave her the ultimate gift—a headgear—which she proudly even wore to school. (Once she had her own practice, Dr. Sagafi experimented with braces and other appliances for her own teeth. Not only does this help fulfill that childhood dream, it ensures all the products she offers are safe and right for her patients.)
“For me, getting braces was amazing, but that’s not true for most children,” says Dr. Sagafi. “While I make my office colorful and inviting, my first goal is to make sure everyone who walks through my door is met with an empathic ear. I want to discover what is best for the individual—not just for today, but for the rest of their lives.”
After graduating from high school in Brookline, Mass. Dr. Sagafi attended Boston University, studying biochemistry, molecular biology—and French literature! As an undergrad, she was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute undergraduate research fellowship, a prestigious prize meant to encourage the development of future medical-scientists. With a growing passion for research and innovation, Dr. Sagafi took a year to study ovarian cancer with researchers on the Harvard Medical School campus.
The pull toward orthodontics was too great, however, and after a year Dr. Sagafi enrolled again in Boston University where she completed three degrees: a doctorate from the School of Dental Medicine; a certificate of advanced education in graduate dentistry; and a two-year advanced graduate program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
After getting her fourth degree from Boston University in 2006, Dr. Sagafi entered private practice. She is grateful to have worked with thousands of individuals since then. “My patients make me a better human being,” Dr. Sagafi says, “They challenge me to rise to the level of their needs. It is truly humbling, and I am grateful for their confidence.”
While taking care of a full roster of patients, Dr. Sagafi also taught at the Boston University Orthodontics Department from 2009 to 2015. While she is no longer part of the faculty, Dr. Sagafi continues to lecture on the latest techniques in orthodontics at conferences and universities worldwide.
Dr. Sagafi speaks five languages, loves art, and delights in serving the diverse community that makes up Bethesda and the northern Washington, D.C. area. She and her husband—also an orthodontist—reside in the area and while their favorite pastime is dinner and a night in with a good book, they also love a good adventure. Ask Dr. Sagafi about hiking in Machu Picchu, paragliding off the Alps, or kite surfing in the Philippines.
“Life is full of excitement and opportunity,” says Dr. Sagafi. “I hope I bring that outlook to my practice. My mission is to give my patients a bright smile that will help them walk through life, and all its adventures, with confidence.”
- American Association of Orthodontics
- Northeast Society of Orthodontics (former co-chair, scientific program)
- Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
- Boston University Orthodontic Alumni Society (former board member)
- DC Dental Society
- Greater Washington Academy of Women Dentists
- Maimonides Dental Society
- Seattle Study Club, an international network of doctors interested in furthering their knowledge to provide excellent care
- Spear Study Club, dentistry study club
- Renaissance Study Club