Matthew Durschlag

Dr. Durschlag is originally from New York, but grew up in Rancho Penasquitos in San Diego. During high school, he found a passion for dentistry and orthodontics when he started working for his local dental office. This led him to pursue the accelerated dental program with the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Northern California. At UOP, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 3 years and was then accepted into the prestigious University of the Pacific dental school located in San Francisco. Dr. Durschlag really enjoyed living in San Francisco while earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

After dental school, Dr. Durschlag became a general dentist and officer in the United States Navy. Dr. Durschlag felt that the experience of serving as a Naval officer and practicing dentist for the United States was one of the most rewarding and exciting accomplishments of his life. He served in Okinawa, Japan and Coronado, California. During his time in the Navy, Dr. Durschlag was able to travel extensively throughout Southeast Asia and take care of active duty military and their families. When he finished his service, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an orthodontic specialist. 

Dr. Durschlag was one of five dentists accepted into the competitive Loma Linda University residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He was thrilled to be able to train for additional years to specialize in his favorite area of dentistry and his passion, orthodontics. When he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics, he finally moved back to San Diego to settle down closer to his family and get married to his wife, Danielle. In 2021, he became board certified with the American Board of Orthodontics, the highest distinction that orthodontics can achieve.

Dr. Durschlag has worked hard to provide his patients with the latest and best in orthodontic treatment. He loves taking on difficult Invisalign and braces cases and delivering amazing transformations. Dr. Durschlag has brought in the most recent technologies and advances in the orthodontic field to allow better, more convenient, and more efficient patient results. He is passionate about providing outstanding service and the absolute best patient outcomes. He looks forward to meeting you and sharing his passion for creating beautiful and healthy smiles!

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Education & Credentials:

 University of the Pacific (UOP)

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Honors program
  • Founder’s Scholarship recipient

University of the Pacific Dental School

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • TKO Honor Society
  • US Navy HPSP Scholarship recipient

Loma Linda University Orthodontics Residency

  • Master’s Degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Research thesis titled, “Prediction of Root Form from Crown Data: Mandibular Left First Premolar”

Board Certification, American Board of Orthodontics

Memberships & Associations:

  • United States Navy Veteran
  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics