William M. Hang DDS MSD

Dr. Hang has committed his career to advancing a paradigm of thinking in orthodontics that rejects traditional retractive techniques in patients of all ages. His Face Focused® treatment techniques are designed to: develop the jaws forward, never backward; work toward proper facial balance; create pleasing facial appearance; protect and/or expand the airway; and produce broad smiles that are complete to the corners of the mouth.

When it comes to orthodontics Dr. Hang does not believe that one treatment can fit every patient. Over the years, experience has taught him that the easier way to treat is not always the best way to treat. But, he always strives to keep treatment times shorter rather than longer.

His goals are: to educate as many patients, parents and professionals about the benefits of the Face Focused® Philosophy as possible; to continue to develop treatments based on Face Focused® principles for patients of all ages; and to teach these methods to other dentists and orthodontists worldwide through seminars, workshops and mini-residencies.

Education:

  • 1970 – B.S. University of Illinois
  • 1970 – DDS with honors University of Illinois – Alpha Omega Award for graduating number 1 out of a class of 92; Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honorary
  • 1974 – MSD in Orthodontics University of Minnesota

Faculty Appointments:

  • 1974-75 – Assistant Professor of Orthodontics University of Minnesota

Practice:

  • 1970-1972 – General dentist United States Air Force
  • 1975-1996 – Private practice Rutland, Vermont
  • 1976-1996 – Cleft Palate Panel for Southern Vermont
  • 1997-to present – Private practice Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, California

Professional Affiliations:

  • California Dental Association – Member
  • California Association of Orthodontists – Member
  • American Dental Association – Member
  • American Association of Orthodontists – Lifetime Member
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain – Member & Guest Lecturer
  • North American Association of Facial Orthotropics® – Founding President & Guest Lecturer
  • International Association of Facial Growth Guidance – Member & Guest Lecturer
  • American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry – Board Member & Guest Lecturer
  • Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy – Advisory Board
  • Foundation for Airway Health – Member
  • Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences – Member

Lecturing:

Local, national, and international speaker on topics including the Orthotropics® technique, orthodontics and the Posterior Airway Space, guidance of tooth eruption and prevention of tooth impaction, facial esthetics, and obstructive sleep apnea’s relationship to facial development at venues including the Yankee Dental Congress, American Association of Orthodontists, University of California San Francisco, Medical College of Virginia, South Dakota Society of Orthodontists, West Michigan Academy of General Dentistry Study Club, University of Texas Orthodontic Alumni Association, Harvard University School of Dentistry Orthodontic Program, Stanford University School of Medicine Sleep Center, University of Southern California Odontic Study Group, North American Society for the Study of Orthodontics, Spanish Society for Facial Growth Guidance, International Association of Facial Growth Guidance Symposiums, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, International Association for Orthodontics, American Academy of Gnathological Orthopedics, Northern California Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Association for Orofacial Myology, International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics, Academy for Comprehensive Esthetics, LVI Study Clubs, Canadian Chapter of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, The American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, Australian Chapter of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, The Weston A. Price Foundation – Wise Traditions, Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, American Academy for Oral Systemic Health

Most Recent Lectures:

  • Institute G. Portmann, January 15-16, 2016, Bordeaux, France, “AIRWAY-kening™ Orthodontics & Myofunctional Therapy Working Together to Improve/Save Lives”
  • Star of the South, January 21-23, 2016, Houston, TX, “AIRWAY-kening™ Philosophy & Orthotropics® for Children Ages 3-10″ & AIRWAY-kening™ Techniques for Ages 10-110”
  • International Association for Orthodontics New England, Dec. 2 & 3, 2016, Windsor Locks, CT, “Orthodontic Success in the Coming Post-Retraction World”
  • AES 62nd Scientific Meeting, Feb. 22 & 23m 2017, Chicago, IL, “AIRWAY-kening® Dentistry to Become the Center of Healthcare”
  • Eastern Washington Medical-Dental Summit, March 2 & 3, 2017, Three Rivers, WA, “AIRWAY-kening® Orthodontics – A New Paradigm for the Post-Retraction Era”
  • 2nd AAMS Congress, March 1-5, 2017, Chicago, IL, “AIRWAY-kening® Orthodontics & Myofunctional Therapy for All Ages”
  • San Joaquin Dental Society, March 23, 2017, Stockton, CA, “AIRWAY-kening® Dentistry to Become the Center of Healthcare”
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, April 18-21, 2017, Las Vegas, NV, “AIRWAY-kening® Dentistry to Become the Center of Healthcare”
  • California Dental Association, May 4-6, 2017, Anaheim, CA, “AIRWAY-kening® Dentistry in the New Post-Retraction Orthodontic Era”
  • International Association of Orthodontist – Poland, May 19 & 20, 2017, Warsaw, Poland, “Orthodontic Success in the New Post-Retraction World”
  • 2nd Guiding Facial Growth Symposium, May 26, 2017, Valencia, Spain, “AIRWAY-kening® Orthodontics: Treatments Which Can Preserve or Potentially Enhance the Airway”
  • Capital Dental Symposium III, Feb. 2, 2018, Ottawa, Canada, “AIRWAY-kening® Orthodontics: Treatments Which Can Preserve or Potentially Enhance the Airway and TMJ Health”
  • 33 Annual AACP International Symposium, July 20 & 21, 2018, “You Can’t Expand Your Way Out of an Antero-posterior Problem”
  • 16th International Orthotropics Symposium, Sept. 6 & 7, 2018, London, England, “Orthotropics®, Orthodontics and the Airway”
  • 3rd AAMS Congress, Sept. 5-10, 2018, Rome, Italy, “Journey From Non-Believer to Outspoken Advocate of Myofunctional Therapy”
  • 3rd AAMS Congress, Sept. 5-10, 2018, Rome, Italy, “Effective Interdisciplinary Treatment for Airway/Breathing Disorders for Patients of All Ages” presented with Joy Moeller, RDH & Dr Reza Movahed

AIRWAY-Kening™ Academy Courses By Dr. Hang:

  • May 29-30, 2015, Los Angeles, CA, “Orthodontic Success in the Coming Post-Retraction World”
  • Oct 30-31, 2015, Sydney, Australia, “Orthodontic Success in the Coming Post-Retraction World”
  • September 2015-June 2016, Agoura Hills, CA, 12th Annual 4 Session Orthotropics® Mini-Residency
  • September 2016 – June 2017, Agoura Hills, CA, 13th Annual 4 Session Orthotropics® Mini-Residency
  • September 2017 – June 2018, Agoura Hills, CA, 14th Annual 4 Session Orthotropics® Mini-Residency
  • September 2018 – June 2019, Agoura Hills, CA, 15th Annual 4 Session Orthotropics® Mini-Residency

Additional speaking engagements:

  • International Association for Orthodontics, April 6-10, 2016, Tucson, AZ, “AIRWAY-kening® Orthodontics for All Ages”
  • The Center for Exceptional Practices, April 22, 2016, Richfield, OH, “Facial and Airway Development for All Ages”
  • American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, Sept. 16, 2016, “Orthodontics & Restorative Dentistry – Partnering for Optimal Airway Health”
  • American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, Oct. 21-22, 2016, Waikoloa Beach, HI, “Surgical & Non-Surgical Orthodontics in the Coming Post-Retraction World”
  • American Association of Craniofacial Pain – Canadian Chapter, Nov. 3-5, 2016, Vancouver, BC, “A New Paradigm for Orthodontics in the Coming Post-Retraction World”
  • Minnesota Academy for Comprehensive Dentistry, Nov. 18, 2016, Minneapolis, MN, “Face Focused® Orthodontic Philosophy, Orthotropics®, and Interdisciplinary Care”

Publishing:

  • “Canine Impaction Identified Early with Panoramic Radiographs” Lindauer, Rubenstein, Hang, Anderson, Isaacson; Journal of the American Dental Association, March 1992
  • “The Magic Number” Hang; Ortodoncia Clinica, No. 1, Vol. 1, 1998″
  • Impact on Facial Esthetics of Using Broad vs. Narrow Orthodontic Archwire Forms” Hang; Ortodoncia Clinica, No. 2, Vol. 1, 1998
  • “Facial Esthetic Changes Resulting from Reopening Previously Closed Orthodontic Extraction Spaces”Hang; Ortodoncia Clinica, No. 1, Vol. 2, 1999
  • “From Crowding to Headaches to OSA: Orthodontics’ 20 Year Metamorphosis from Smile Making to Life Saving”Hang; The Journal – American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, Vol. 22, Number 4, 2005
  • “Surgery With and Without a Scalpel” Hang; The Journal – American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, Vol. 22, Number 4, 2005
  • “How Many Years Must a Profession Exist…?”The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, April 2006, Vol. 24, No. 2
  • “Exploring Our Future Roles of Orofacial Myology – Becoming a Front Line Warrior in Health Care” International Association of Orofacial Myoogy Newsletter, September, 2006
  • “Evaluation of the Posterior /Airway Space Following Biobloc Therapy: Geometric Morphometrics”, The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, April 2007, Vol. 25, No. 2
  • “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Dentistry’s Unique Role in Longevity Enhancement”, Journal of the American Orthodontic Society, Spring 2007.
  • “Reversing Retractive Orthodontics with Biobloc Orthotropics®”, The Journal of Gnathologic Orthopedics and Facial Orthotropics, Dec 2013, Vol. 30, No. 4
  • “Airway Centric® TMJ Philosophy/Airway Centric® Orthodontics Ushers in the Post-Retraction World of Orthodontics”, Cranio, 2017, Vol. 35, No. 2.
  • “AIRWAY-kening™ Orthodontic Treatment for All Ages”, Oral Health, March 2018.

Miscellaneous:

  • Appeared on London, England’s Channel 4 “Tooth Troubles” aired 12/2/99 (British equivalent of “Sixty Minutes”) which explored differences in facial esthetics of traditional orthodontics vs. postural orthodontics
  • Developed an educationally oriented website (www.facefocused.com)
  • Developed the “Orthotropic® Success Series” videos to assist patients in being success in their Orthotropic® treatment
  • Developed an educationally oriented website for professionals (www.AIRWAY-kening.com)