8551 W Lake Mead Blvd.
Suite# 261
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Welch Orthodontics
Fenn H. Welch DDS, MS
NV Specialty License S3-59
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Welcome to Welch Orthodontics

Welch Orthodontics is a specialty practice committed to offering our patients state of the art treatment using the latest in technology in an atmosphere of personal service. Dr. Welch is a specialty trained orthodontist who has attained Board Certification by the American Board of Orthodontics. He has been a professor, a researcher, a published author and a decorated military officer. He now lives and practices Orthodontics exclusively in Las Vegas.

Choosing an orthodontist can be confusing, but with a little informed research you can feel confident the doctor you have chosen is qualified and properly trained in orthodontics.

Ask questions as you inquire about braces and orthodontic treatment:

Is the doctor a specialist in Orthodontics?
What is the name of the U.S. University orthodontic program?
Was the training a full time residency?
What was the length of the full time program?
What is their orthodontic specialty license number for Nevada?
Does the office “take your insurance” or are they preferred providers for your insurance?
Does the Doctor live in Las Vegas and is he/she available for emergencies?
Is the doctor Board Certified in Orthodontics?

1 – The specialty of orthodontics requires a license in general dentistry, followed by a 24-36 month residency program at an accredited university. After completing this program and passing the required examination in the state of Nevada the orthodontist will be given a specialty license number beginning with an “S” (example is S3-59). Most will proudly display this number and it is legally required on all advertising. If you do not see it, question why it is not displayed. If the person you are considering is unable to produce a specialty license, they are not an orthodontist legally practicing in Nevada.

2 – It is very important for you to note that many short courses are available to general dentists. While these are helpful in gaining a limited understanding of orthodontic treatment, in no way can it replace the comprehensive 2-3 years of full time training of an orthodontist and one who limits their practice to this specialty.

3 – Preferred providers for your insurance can save you a great deal of money. The preferred provider signs a contract with the insurance company to charge a set fee for all of the covered members. Offices may agree to take your insurance, but without a contract, they can charge any fee which is more than a preferred provider will charge.

What is Board Eligible?

The term “Board Eligible” simply means the doctor has completed the requirements for a specialty license but has not yet successfully completed the American Board of Orthodontics Examination. This exam consists of two comprehensive tests, one written and one clinical. It is important to ask if the doctor has completed both.

What is a Board Certified Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty of orthodontics. A dentist who graduates from a specialty program becomes an orthodontic specialist who is eligible to become board certified through the voluntary examination process of The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence.

The certification process involves a thorough written examination covering all areas of information on which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. The orthodontist must then present treated cases which will be evaluated by expert examiners of the Board during a clinical examination. The passage of the examination process is a demonstration to the dental profession and the general public of the orthodontist’s pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.

Certification is now awarded for a time-limited period and the orthodontist must re-examine on a periodic basis to retain the board certified status.


Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown
22:04 07 Feb 20
I just want to say thank you to Dr. Fenn Welch and his entire staff for being so good to me. I highly recommend them.
Hamed Raufi
Hamed Raufi
06:02 17 Jul 19
I had my first visit / consultation and I couldn’t be more pleased with Dr. Welch. He’s a very well experienced Orthodontist and will answer questions to the best of his knowledge. I left feeling confident and excited about getting braces, that alone made the visit worth while. The office is so clean and inviting. Friendly staff, excellent care!!! If you are in need of orthodontic care, this is the place to go.read more
Sandee Moore
Sandee Moore
05:02 09 Jul 19
I am beyond satisfied with My lovely smile, huge Thanks to Dr. Welch and His amazing talent!!! Highly recommend and the staff is awesome too.read more
Matthias Horch
Matthias Horch
21:53 22 May 19
Probably one of the best Orthodontics in Las Vegas. My case was rather difficult and Dr. Welch didn't give up on me but kept going until we achieved the results I was hoping for. Truly a professional who cares deeply about his patients!read more
Hector Escobar
Hector Escobar
23:10 15 May 19
Best orthodontist in Las Vegas he treated my oldest daughter and her teeth look great she is so happy and confident in her smile. My youngest will be starting her orthodontic journey with Dr. Welch this summer, wouldn't trust my family's smile to anyone else.read more
Maryann Castro
Maryann Castro
17:11 25 Nov 18
Love this place. They did great work and the staff was friendly. Would highly recommend!
07:09 13 Dec 16
Awesome! A+++ Military friendly! I called the office to try to get an appointment to get a replacement retainer. They were able to get me a same-day appointment within a few hours. Ken was very nice and courteous on the phone and in person as well. The entire staff was very friendly and made the entire experience a great one! Dr. Welch was outstanding! He and the technician even stayed after closing just to make sure my teeth looked impeccable! I am a member of the military, as was Dr. Welch, and I can say with confidence that this is one of the best orthodontic offices I've ever been to!read more
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