“Being entrusted with professional care is both a compliment and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I constantly consider what is best for my patients, both in the short and long term. I strive to get the best results possible by recommending procedures/appliances that I feel are in the best interest of my patient, even when those procedures may require extra time and effort on my part. I enjoy the daily challenge of treating many patients with different concerns and look forward each day to both the functional and aesthetic improvements I see in my patients.” – Dr. Peterson
Education and Continuing Education
Originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago and a graduate of Marist High School, Dr. Robert M. Peterson, Jr. has been practicing orthodontics in the Park Ridge community for over 20 years. After attending Loyola University of Chicago, Dr. Peterson received an early acceptance into the University of Illinois Dental School and started dental school at the age of 20. He practiced as a general dentist for seven years prior to becoming an orthodontist, giving him the experience and knowledge of how crowns, periodontal problems, decay, and dental skeletal issues can affect orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Peterson decided to continue his education and specialize in orthodontics because he enjoys the reward that a beautiful smile can bring to a patient. He returned to the University of Illinois, earning his Master's of Science degree in Orthodontics.
He is dedicated to expanding his knowledge with continuing education through his affiliations with the American Association of Orthodontists, Midwest Society of Orthodontists, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association. By regularly participating in continuing education and being involved with the greater orthodontic community, Dr. Peterson is able to stay current on the latest technology and orthodontic treatments.
Dr. Peterson is committed to providing quality orthodontic treatment while exceeding his patients’ and parents’ expectations with fantastic results. While he has a strong focus on clinical excellence, Dr. Peterson also enjoys helping both children and adults have a positive and fun orthodontic experience.
Outside the Office
Dr. Peterson left the south side of Chicago, home of the Chicago White Sox, and moved to the north side, home of the Chicago Cubs, over 25 years ago. He and his wife have three children, all of whom are in college. Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with family whether they are outdoors, watching baseball, or helping little league players. You will also find him on the soccer field watching his nephews play or watching high school and college football with his friends and family. Bike riding and skiing are seasonal activities Dr. Peterson enjoys with his family as well.