Dr. James Waters, DDS

Dr. James Waters, DDS

Orthodontics  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 47
Dr. James Waters, DDS is an orthodontics practitioner in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from St. Louis University Cade Orthodontic Program in 2001 and practices orthodontics, orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics, and more.Read his story

1814 W 35th St

Austin, TX 78703

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  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Guardian
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This content was provided by Dr. Waters "Dr. James R. Waters was born and raised on the Pecos River in southern New Mexico. He moved to Texas in 1989 to attend Angelo State University where after three years he graduated Valedictorian of the Science College in 1992 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. Dr. Waters was accepted into the University of Texas San Antonio Dental School (ranked #1 dental school in the United States) and in 1996, again graduated with honors at the top of his class. At the same time, Dr. Waters was married to his Dallas-native wife, Kim, and seeking to achieve an even higher level of clinical skills and medical knowledge, Dr. Waters applied and was accepted into the University of Nebraska Medical Center General Practice Residency. During the next 15 months, Dr. Waters served the regional community at the University Hospital and several children's clinics treating patients with severe medical and dental reconstructive needs. Following his graduation from UNMC in 1997, Dr. Waters and his wife moved to the Oregon coast and started a general dental practice. After three years as a family practitioner (one at the University Hospital), Dr. Waters was invited to attend the prestigious St. Louis University CADE Orthodontic Program. After three years of advanced specialty training, finally at the pinnacle of his education, Dr. Waters again graduated valedictorian in 2001 while receiving a Master's of Science in orthodontics along with being honored with the coveted J. P. Marshall Award for Highest Achievement in Clinical Excellence. With these top credentials from the St. Louis University, Dr. Waters moved back to Texas in 2001 as an orthodontist and joined the practice of Dr. Robert Kavieff in Austin and Bastrop. Dr. Waters worked side-by-side with Dr. Kavieff to learn more advanced techniques and appliances Dr. Kavieff had designed and mastered over the previous 42 years of private practice. In December of 2002, Dr. Kavieff retired, passing the torch of his prestigious practice to Dr. Waters who in turn has taken over both the Austin and Bastrop practices with the same passion and drive for excellence that made Dr. Kavieff one of the most well respected orthodontists in the state, if not the country. In fact, this orthodontic practice has been a continuation of excellence first initiated in the 1940s by Dr. John McNutt, one of the first accredited orthodontists that moved to Austin. Dr. McNutt, who still resides in Austin, was a champion of his profession actively educating the public to the benefits of fluoride and advancing the very profession of orthodontics as the first dental specialty. John relocated his original Austin practice to the current 1814 West 35th Street location in 1972 and built the original structure that has been given the significant facelift seen today. In the grand tradition of this practice and as a resident of Steiner Ranch since 2001, Dr. Waters is excited to bring his service to his neighbors in Steiner Ranch and West Austin by building his new state-of-the-art orthodontic office in Steiner Ranch. Steiner Ranch Orthodontics opened late 2007 and has been growing steadily thanks to the many kind referrals from local patients, dentists, and friends. The Steiner Ranch office was designed by a team of local architects as a modern, Texas Hill country styled, free-standing building in the Vista Ridge Business Center on North Quinlan Park Road. Residents of Steiner Ranch, Riverplace, Lakeway, Hudson Bend, Four Points, and the surrounding corridors are invited to call for complimentary exams. Dr. Waters will remain the only orthodontist at each location sharing days between these two main offices. Dr. Waters and his wife Kim, a designer by degree, have four children; Dr. Waters' extended family includes the thousands of patients treated and maintained over the past years. It is because of these patients and their many wonderful referrals that this practice is able to exist."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Waters "My philosophy is to provide the highest level of specialty care for all ages, including growth modification and enhancement (orthopedics) for children ages six to ten, tooth alignment (orthodontics) for adolescents ages 11 to 17, and tooth alignment with or without jaw alignment for adults ages 15 to 65. Special focus is placed on prevention of very serious adult dental problems with interceptive treatment in the growing child. I personally treat every patient at each visit. Member: AAO, ABO"

4  Practice Areas

  • Orthodontics
  • Craniofacial Orthodontics
  • Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

11  Conditions Treated

  • Crossbite
  • Dental Crowding
  • Dental Spacing
  • Grinding of Teeth
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Malocclusion (Bad Bite)
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Orthodontic Disorders
  • Overbite
  • Overjet
  • Underbite

13  Procedures

  • Bite Adjustment
  • Clear Dental Braces
  • Dental Brace
  • Dental Brace and Headgear
  • Fixed Orthodontic Correction
  • Metal Dental Braces
  • Non-Surgical Bite Correction
  • Non-Surgical Orthodontic Procedures
  • Orthodontic Procedures
  • Orthodontic Treatment, Adult
  • Orthodontic Treatment, Early
  • Palatal Expander
  • Retainers

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No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Angelo State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • St. Louis University Cade Orthodontic Program
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • University Of Texas San Antonio Dental School
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Nebraska Medical Center General Practice Residency
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
  • J. P. Marshall Award for Highest Achievement in Clinical Excellence.
    Other Education | Completed 2001

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. James Waters, DDS
Both of my daughters had poor experiences at Dr. Waters' Steiner Ranch location. As the orthodontist does little of the technical care, his ortho techs are in charge with patient care. Both girls have left the office on multiple occasions in tears due to roughness.think the techs are hurried due to...Read More
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