Michael Richards Orthodontics
Michael Richards, DDS, MS:
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Michael Richards Orthodontics
Michael Richards, DDS, MS (Orthodontist)

Salt Lake City, UT













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:


Clear aligners


Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

Palatal expanders


Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Kerry F. from Midvale, Salt Lake City, UT (Source: Yelp)


We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Dr Richards and his staff. The staff and he were all very carrying and professional. Dr Richards was very thorough in explaining all of the options throughout the entire process and was available to speak with at every appointment. He was very collaborative and actually cared about what I thought as a parent as well as what was realistic for my teenage daughter. The Parleys Way office was very clean and modern and we were able to schedule appointments easily. Dr Richards and hIs staff were also able to squeeze us in when we had a bracket break or a wire pop out. I can’t say enough positive things about Michael Richard’s Orthidontics and would highly recommend them.

Shannon Poulson (Source: Google)


Quality care with fabulous results! Very pleased with our treatment. My son is very happy with his new smile! I should also mention that my children and I are pleased with the care and precautions taken during the current pandemic. Our family has felt very safe and cared for during appointments. On a personal note — Dr. Richards and his staff are compassionate, caring and patient. I’m particularly impressed with their caring beyond the orthodontic treatment we’ve received as they’ve shown kindness to us through some difficult life experiences, too. I have genuinely appreciated the way they have worked with and shown compassion toward me and multiple children in our family.

Drew Kacey (Source: Google)


Always so friendly and prompt during appointments. Great knowledge and care when it comes to orthodontics. This is my 3rd time with braces and I can already tell that Dr. Richard’s approach is much more effective than my previous orthodontist’s. I have had to have multiple medical leaves from work due to some health issues, and they were always willing to help work with me on my monthly payments to ensure I wouldn’t be burdened financially. 10/10 would recommend

Becky R. from Salt Lake City, UT (Source: Yelp)


I have had 6 six children go through treatment with Dr. Richards and have loved the experience. Dr. Richards cares about the details and will not cut corners in providing his patients with the best smile possible! His staff are all so warm and kind and get to know their patients personally. My kids leave their appointments feeling special. Thanks!

Ryley Heyer Wilkinson (Source: Google)


My experience has been so great! I started in about 2015 for the process of my braces. And after a couple of years I’m here today with perfect teeth! It’s even better that through my whole process all the team has been so nice to me and not just me but every kid or adult that’s come here! Thank you for my perfect teeth!

Violet C. from Liberty Wells, Salt Lake City, UT (Source: Yelp)


I LOVE IT HERE! The staff are so sweet and kind. And the flavored gloves were exquisite. I’ve been going here for many years, and the staff are the BEST. Although it makes me sad that they had to close the arcade and the slushy machine. But overall a great place, I would 10/10 recommend it. P.S it’s also VERY clean there.

Adina G. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


All three of my children are working with Dr Richards. Staff is friendly and very skilled… The Dr is so thoughtful and caring. I have a spectrum child and not only did Dr Richards understand, he catered, each appointment to help my son. He called me on his off time to make sure he was doing okay and anything else he could do to help. I cannot recommend this orthodontist enough! Easy payment plans and helpful on every level! When looking don’t just go to the office near your house… Search out the best, and Dr Richards office is the best I found hands down.

Rachael Hales (Source: Google)


I was very unsure about whether I wanted braces or not because I felt like my teeth weren’t that crooked. But my bite is SOOO much better now and my teeth look amazing! It didn’t hurt nearly as much as everyone told me and it was easy to schedule and come in for appointments. The office staff are so nice, they are easy to talk to about concerns and questions. I got my braces off today and am so happy with how my mouth looks and feels.

Amanda Kinnersley (Source: Google)


I first saw Dr Richards 19 yrs ago when i received my braces. At that time, Dr Richards and his staff were so personable. i truly received great care every time i had an appointment. i really felt like they new me personally. Along with that, they are the sweetest staff ever. Even now, 19 yrs later when i made an appointment to have my permanent retainer removed, Dr Richards made me feel as if no time had passed at all. although the staff has changed, they were all very nice including the two ladies in front. Thank you Dr Richards and Staff for always being so professional and taking care of your patients. even if 20 yrs has passed 🙂

Joy F. from Salt Lake City, UT (Source: Yelp)


I recommend Dr. Richard to everyone who needs braces. I started my treatment when I was in high school and finished while I was in college. The Damen Clear braces that he provides helped me to not to feel too awkward about wearing braces in college. He and his team are very professional, experienced, and friendly. The result is very satisfying. Also, I would like to give them a shout-out on the post-treatment service. My retainer broke and they were very helpful about fixing and replacing it. Overall, I had a great experience at Michael Richard Orthodontics.

Rachel P. from Salt Lake City, UT (Source: Yelp)


We have had a great experience with Dr. Richards – I have been so impressed with the very pleasant and kind staff, the efficient way the office runs, and the fun perks and incentives for the kids. I shopped around for an orthodontist at several locations, and actually felt my heart sink when I came into this office and saw how lovely and comfortable it is, heard about the better type of braces they use and other great things – I was sure it was going to be more expensive than the other offices I visited. Much to my surprise, it was less. We are very happy here; my son even says he loves coming.

Phillip Hodgman (Source: Google)


If you’re reading this, then you’re probably deciding whether or not to get braces from Dr. Richards. As a fellow indecisive person that overly analyzes every decision in their lives, let me give you some relief to your stress, haha, Dr. Richards is the right decision. Set up an appointment now, and let him give you the facts to back that statement up. However, in the meantime, let me give you some anecdotal evidence. I spent 37 years being very self conscious of my smile. I knew straightening my teeth would help, but I was skeptical how much it would help and whether it would be worth the cost. However, I don’t think I could be happier with the decision I made to finally get my teeth straightened. I almost cried when I saw the end result because I was so surprised how much my smile had improved. I feel so much more confident in my smile, and I actually enjoy smiling now for pictures, haha. I couldn’t imagine there being a better orthodontist than Dr. Richards. It’s a job that requires both an analytical and artistic mind, patience, and experience. I was always amazed that he could see a perfect smile in my imperfect teeth, but he found it and brought it out and I couldn’t be happier. You’re definitely in safe hands with Dr. Richards, and he won’t stop until your smile meets his high standards. It was tiring at times when I felt enough was enough, but I’m glad he pushed me to go until I had the smile I have today. Thank you Dr. Richards!

Christian Emil Peacock (Source: Facebook)


This place is the best orthodontics to go to the give you smile miles and when you get enough you can get really cool stuff and they have a fun room to play in when you are waiting you also get slushys when you are done with your appointment. And dr Richards is super nice and doesn’t hurt your mouth when you have a appointment he is super amazing.

Darren Clift (Source: Google)


Dr. Richards gave me a free consultation for Invisalign a year ago. I was looking for a second opinion and when I told him I had the possibility of moving within a few months, he advised to hold off on starting Invisalign until after I either moved or remained here in Utah for a longer period of time. When I didn’t move, I went to have him start the Invisalign treatment. I was finished within 6 months after following his recommendations and he was helpful on every visit in which I came to the office. The staff is easy to work with when it comes to the right payment plan. I would recommend him to anyone.

Alison Mitchell (Source: Facebook)


As a 50 year old woman, I was not excited about the prospect of reliving my teenage years in braces. But Dr. Richards & his staff are so pleasant, & very skilled at making my experience as painless as possible. I just got them off yesterday, and couldn’t be more pleased with the results! I can feel comfortable smiling widely again! I would recommend Edge Orthodontics to anyone considering braces.

Melissa Nelson (Source: Google)


Dr. Richards and his staff are not only exemplary technically, personally they are as well. The practice is run with thoughtful planning in every detail, from consult to removal. Consideration is taken towards truly having the patient (and parents) feel like they are at home, welcome and on track. I love the staff!! They work hard, are compassionate, fun and each one has fantastic chair side manners and do their job with unmatched professionalism, personality and JOY. Dr. Richards philosophy in moving teeth and creating a beautiful smile is the reason we choose him. His planning of treatment, technical ability and attention to detail towards each individual smile is what elevates his smiles above others. He takes the time needed with each patient to truly get remarkable results. Dr. Richards educates, encourages and cheers his patients through the process and his love of what he does is evident in every smile. He truly has a gift! Thank you Dr. Richards!

Chelsi Fullmer (Source: Google)


We shopped around for an orthodontist that could meet the unique and challenging dental needs of our children. We knew the right treatment was imperative to achieving the best outcome for their overall dental health and development. Dr Richards was far and above the right professional for our needs. He and his staff are knowledgeable, kind, professional, and fun. My kids love going to his office and the experience is always a good one. Financial costs are presented upfront and payment options are reasonable and convenient. They have always delivered what was promised and we have never been charged for extras or felt pressured for more treatment above what is necessary. Our experience with Dr Richards and his staff has been, and continues to be, wonderful!

Adrian Florez (Source: Google)


I had my braces done here about four years ago and they turned out great. Recently had a mild mishap at a different dentist office during a routine cleaning and my lower permanent retainer wire popped loose. Dr. Richards was able to squeeze me into his schedule the very next day to fix it. Greatly appreciate their promptness, professionalism and friendliness. Highly recommend.

Stephanie C. (Source: Google)


My experience with Dr. Richards was wonderful! I initially came in to have a loose bonded retainer fixed that was placed years ago by a now retired orthodontist. I decided to call Dr. Richards after hearing about him through my dentist. To my surprise his office was able to get me in the day I called! While there I decided to discuss treatment options to close up a few gaps and even out some teeth that had shifted over the years. Dr. Richards talked to me about aligner treatment, which I decided to move forward with. It took about 3 months to get the results we wanted and I’m so happy with how my teeth look now! I highly recommend Dr. Richards and his incredible staff!

Eliza Bauman (Source: Google)


This has been a great experience! They said 1 1/2 to 2 years and delivered on the timing. All the people who worked on my teeth, thank you! They always made me feel welcomed and this whole time I had had hopes to get my braces off and I did what they told me to do and it worked! I suggest this office to anyone who is going to get their braces.

Laura M. from Salt Lake City, UT (Source: Yelp)


I’ve had three kids go to Michael Richards Orthodontics (and I’ll be there in the future for some invisalign) and we’ve had a fantastic and positive experience every time. Dr. Richards pays close attention to detail and makes sure my kids teeth are satisfactory to everyone before he finishes the job. He is friendly and really cares about my kids. The staff is just as awesome, always flexible and willing to accommodate a family’s busy schedule. Dr. Richards annual party in the park or family movie night is also a bonus! I tell all my friends and neighbors about Dr. Richards Orthodontics, they’ve been great to my family!

Catherine Eror Garff (Source: Facebook)


I was so pleased with the results of my own braces as a teenager, that 15 years later I’m bringing MY kid in for his treatment! The new facility is beautiful, the staff are super kind and patient if my kid feels nervous and they help him feel so comfortable. I really wouldn’t take my kiddos anywhere else.

Beth Adams (Source: Google)


Dr. Richards and his staff are the really amazing. About three months after our son’s braces were put on, he was in a serious ski accident. He had two complete displaced jaw fractures, lost one of his lower canine teeth and had several tiny fractures in his jaw bone. Of course our son broke his jaw over a weekend. That didn’t matter to Dr. Richards. He offered to do anything he could to help and he did. In contrast, the hospital refused to call a dentist. As a result, there was no effort at the hospital to save our son’s tooth. Regardless, it was Dr. Richards who stridently advocated to save my son’s tooth. Ultimately, we knew our son needed surgery to fix his jaw fractures. So to wire his jaw shut, the oral surgeon said that they would need to drill holes in our son’s jaw so that they could place screws (yes, in his jaw) to attach wires to. After speaking with Dr. Richard’s the surgeon and Dr. Richards devised a plan. Instead of drilling holes in our son’s jaw, Dr. Richards would fashion hooks on every single bracket that would work to replace the screws. Honestly, writing this super public review does bring tears to my eyes. The kindness and compassion Dr. Richards demonstrated is not something I often see. The day before surgery, our son went to have the special crazy, hook-wires placed. At the time, our son was not medicated. His complete fracture between his chin was forced together with these crazy wires. I could see how much pain he was in. And with compassion, love and sensitivity, Breea, one of Dr. Richard’s assistants, helped our son make it through this horrific moment. Breea continues to be warm and so good humored. She is the best (so is everyone). In truth, even if our son did not break his jaw, I would still highly recommend Dr. Richards. The attention to detail he has given both of our sons is fantastic. Our eldest son just got his braces off. After his brackets were removed, Dr. Richards made sure to get all of the glue and bits off of his teeth, which we are certain helped our sons gums recover so quickly.

Kristina Christensen (Source: Google)


I could not be more pleased with the care that my children have received from Dr. Richards and his wonderful staff!! My daughter just got her braces off a few days ago and they look amazing! Dr Richards commitment to excellence has surpassed my expectations! His office is warm and welcoming and I NEVER have to fight my children to go!!!

Jeny Paskett Wariner (Source: Facebook)


My bottom retainer broke. Michael Richards staff got me in and taken care of. One of the staff even came in on her day off to work around my schedule and get my new retainer back on my teeth. My whole family had come here for their orthodontic needs. I cannot recommend this office enough. They truly treat you like family! ❤️

Sarah S. from San Antonio, TX (Source: Yelp)


Dr Richards and his staff are top notch. I brought my 2 daughters to him, both having unique challenges. Dr Richards was knowledgable, and explained his plan of action fully to both myself and my daughters. We only had a year in Utah, and he did amazing work in a short time. My daughters will both need to continue orthodontia, but their smiles are so much different! His office was great: video games while you wait, a Birthday wheel to spin for prizes, iPads to play games on if you had to wait at your chair, “smile miles” to collect for prizes, and the tasty slushies. We rarely had to wait more than 5 minutes after arrival for an appointment. Sometimes there were waits while in the chair for final checks by Dr Richards, but it never was unreasonable. His staff seems to genuinely enjoy working there. We were always able to get an appointment when we needed it. They were willing to work with me on a payment plan and did all the paperwork with our insurance. Overall, this is one of the best places for orthodontics in SLC!

Bennett Borden (Source: Google)


Working with MRO is truly one of the best experiences I’ve had in the healthcare space. Dr. Richards is not only an excellent orthodontist, he is also an excellent health advisor. He talks through options, all the pros and cons, and what options were best for me. Also, the entire MRO staff, from front desk schedulers to dental assistants and imaging specialists, everyone was amazing. Every interaction was a true pleasure. I can’t recommend them enough!

Joy Feng (Source: Facebook)


I recommend Dr. Richard to everyone who needs braces. I started my treatment when I was in high school and finished while I was in college. The Damen Clear braces that he provides helped me to not to feel too awkward about wearing braces in college. He and his team are very professional, experienced, and friendly. The result is very satisfying. Also, I would like to give them a shout-out on the post-treatment service. My retainer broke and they were very helpful about fixing and replacing it. Overall, I had a great experience at Michael Richard Orthodontics.

Alison Mayfield (Source: Google)


We love Dr. Richards Orthodontics and couldn’t be happier with our results! I just finished having adult braces and have two children who have also finished treatment along with a daughter who is about halfway through. Dr. Richards is intelligent, particular and a true artist. On top of that he kind and funny :). Only my husband is left in our family without orthodontics and he plans to be next. We wouldn’t go anywhere else in Utah!

Fay MacKay (Source: Google)


Five years ago I was a 70 year old woman whose teeth had shifted to the point where I felt awkward smiling, especially for photographs. The thought of getting braces at my age did not appeal to me. My dentist recommended I consult Dr. Richards. Dr Richards recommended a treatment plan that included braces. I decided to accept. Five years later I can say that I am completely satisfied with the results. Dr. Richards and his staff have always treated me with kindness and understanding. Looking back, I consider my decision to have Dr. Richards “straighten my teeth” as one of the best decisions I have made.

Angela Wilson (Source: Google)


My son is 7 and needed an expander to widen his mouth as the crowding was starting to cause a series of dental issues. Dr Richards has impressed me greatly: he takes a cautious approach, is very friendly and kind, patient with all my son’s questions and fidgeting, and had put considerable effort into making the entire office an inviting atmosphere. They have video games and tablets for when the kids have to wait, the kids earn “smile miles” at each visit where they can purchase various items from the prize closet. The waiting room is very open and modern. What impressed me most was from our most recent visit. The dental issues of my son were not able to be fully corrected with the expander so we had to add a round of braces to help align the remaining two teeth. As my son sat in the chair, getting prepped to put the braces on, he started to cry. He’s only 7 and the thought of braces was suddenly scary for him. The team was very patient with my son as they showed him what they were going to do, assured him this is a temporary thing, and just waited with us until my son could calm down. A few days later he got a post card in the mail thanking him for being such a good patient. It totally warmed my heart. The customer service of this staff is above and beyond what I expected when I first arrived. I am so grateful I got referred here. I would highly recommend them to any family with members of any age who need orthodontics. Even the billing department is wonderful at helping you figure out a payment plan that works for you. A great office all around.

Brittany Frank (Source: Google)


My son enjoys coming to his appointments at Dr Richards. Everyone is always so nice and polite. Lacey at the front office is absolutely amazing. She is always so sweet and kind. Greeting us with a smile every time we come in. Having a kind and professional employee when you first walk in the door is the key to knowing how your experience is going to be like. Thank you

Melonnie Sanders Vogele (Source: Facebook)


I have had the best experience here. I have taken both my daughters and would recommend them to anyone looking for Ortho. Everyone there is so friendly and Dr. Richards is so talented. He knows what he is doing and explains everything so well. Not to mention, both locations are beautiful.

Ellie Madsen (Source: Google)


My experience was really awesome!! One weekend when they forgot to call back, they brought me crumble cookies. They always tried to adjust to my schedule. The office was always very clean and everyone there was very friendly. They were almost exact on the time frame I would have my braces and was helping me the whole time to get me into the office whenever possible. I wouldn’t change anything about my fantastic experience!

HowTo (Source: Google)


I was hesitating for a few years because I was not sure whether the brace would be really needed for my son and I wondered how much it would be helpful. (I am a physician.) We met two orthodontists with strong recommendations. Unfortunately, they were vague and didn’t satisfy my basic questions. With Dr Ken Baldwin, we extracted my son’s wisdom teeth. From Dr Baldwin, I got some recommendations. As I checked the homepage of Dr Michael Richards, I knew that he was THE highly experienced specialist for my son’s Brace. In our first visit, they took many photos and Dr. Richards explained in a very detail and step by step with exact photos and X-ray on a big screen. I COULD see CLEARLY why we need brace and what will be our ultimate goal “FIRST TIME”. Dr. Richards was much better than any my expectations. Any parents who have a same kinds of questions like me, I strongly recommend to meet and come to Dr. Michael Richards orthodontics FIRST (not wandering like me): you will FIND the good and happy way for your children. We want to give the best for our children. I highly and strongly recommend this is THE place for our beloved child’s BRACE !!! We are very very happy for starting our journey with my son’s brace.