Tusk Orthodontics – Dr. Ravi K. Sawhney

26 reviews
Tusk Orthodontics – Dr. Ravi K. Sawhney - Orthodontist in Washington, DC
3900 Kansas Ave NW Suite 101, Washington, DC 20011
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Opens tomorrow at 8:30am
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Monday8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday8:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday8:30am - 5:30pm
Friday8:30am - 1:00pm
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Dr. Sawhney was trained at some of the top programs in the country the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, and the University of Washingtons Department of Orthodontics in Seattle and its Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. He also studied rats at the veterinary school in Zurich, Switzerland; snakes, koalas, and foreign policy in Sydney, Australia; and filmed periodontal ligament cells scrunching up collagen in Dresden, Germany. Dr. Sawhney was so obsessed with orthodontics, he did a PhD in how teeth move and what makes them stay put.

It drove Dr. Sawhney nuts that America spends twice as much on healthcare as countries where people live longer healthier lives. So, he moved to Washington, DC to put his skills as a clinician and scientist to work on health policy, for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the late great Senator Ted Kennedy, at the National Institutes of Health, and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Along the way, Dr. Sawhney kept his orthodontic skills on the cutting edge: in private practice in downtown Seattle and later in Raleigh, NC; treating active duty military at the National Naval Hospital in Bethesda; guiding research at Howard University; and practicing in pediatric dental offices across DC and MD. He approaches every patient with that same zeal he brings to science and health policy.

At Tusk Orthodontics, Dr. Sawhney combines state-of-the-art technology, the best evidence-based techniques, and a thoughtful approachall in one of DCs funkiest neighborhoods. He lives nearby with his lawyer/wife Laura, daughter Marlo, and son Felix. He is still active in policy promoting novel and amusing strategies to advance American public health. When hes not moving teeth or trying to get Americans moving more, Dr. Sawhney enjoys time with his family, playing tennis, boating on Lake Anna, and playing guitar and singing in his totally not bad rock and roll cover band.

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Rating 5.0 out of 5 based on 26 reviews

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Rachel Fehr
a week ago
I had a great experience with Tusk making me a new retainer! They really go above and beyond!


Michael Goldman
a month ago
Want an orthodontist that your kids actually LOOK FORWARD to? Then try Dr. Sawhney at Tusk Orthodontics. The kids absolutely love it here, which sounds like an oxymoron when it comes to a visit to a dentist's office, but it's true. The consultations are great, he doesn't over-prescribe treatments, and the office is super warm and welcoming. Can't recommend highly enough!


Cynthia
3 months ago
Dr. Sawhney and his state of the art office are the best. When we were lost Dr. Sawhney was outside patiently waiting and flagging us down. He took care of our son's mishap when his band came off. In a quick minute he has us in and out. We were able to continue our tour of DC as planned. He gave the best directions to our next stop. Definitely a great orthodontist, a truly genuine person.


Justin Woodford
6 months ago
Easily the best experience I've ever had at a Orthodontists office. I came in looking for options on ways to improve my smile. I can't say enough about Dr. Sawhney and the staff in place at Tusk. For starters the office is extremely clean and welcoming. The receptionist was extremely helpful and Dr. Sawhney's assistant does tremendous work and is very precise. Dr. Sawhney did an amazing job of walking me through the various options and helping me choose the perfect treatment for me. 4 months in and I couldn't be happier with my experience. Thank you Dr. Sawhney and the entire staff at Tusk Orthodontics!


Stephanie Guarchaj
12 months ago
Dr. Sawhney is the best orthodontist! I have reached out to many orthodontists and none like him. His office is always clean and ready for the next patient, good hygiene, he always has more than one option for his patients and always leaves me very satisfied with his work as an orthodontist and front desk she always answers on time I have never waited.They are always ready for us!


Mark Farrell
12 months ago
From a number of referrals and research, we opted for a free braces consultation from Tusk Orthodontics with Dr Sawhney. From that first visit to a clean, bright, and new office, we have felt welcomed and cared for especially with the newest technology. My teenager and I has appreciated the affable and understandable dental guidance. On the business end of things, I have appreciated the clear cost breakdowns and flexibility payment option. And in this time of pandemic, the office has taken proactive and simple steps to ensure everyone's safety. We also selected Tusk since braces require frequent visits for tightening and adjustments so it is very convenient to get to by bike and Metro bus/train or parking a car. So this review is long in the tooth, but we will likely be a repeat customer for our next child and would highly recommend this to friends, family, and you.


Jenn Rogers
12 months ago
Dr. Sawhney is phenomenal: clear, smart, thoughtful, honest, and funny. I've been his patient for the past 2+ months and can't say enough good things about this practice. Jonelle is equally professional, friendly, and responsive. In addition, the office is state-of-the-art and convenient (especially if you live in the Petworth/Columbia Heights area). I recommend them without one hesitation.


Ramona Burns
12 months ago
Dr. Sawhney is great. Other orthodontist offices I've visited can feel a bit like a braces assembly line. Dr. Sawhney's office is the exact opposite. He really took his time to look at my daughter's complicated alignment issue, explain possible options to us, and came up with a great solution. The office is warm and friendly.


Lakishia Gilmore
12 months ago
Tusk Orthodontics with Dr Sawhney and staff are amazing. I was referred here by my dentist for braces and they helped me feel comfortable and even got me on an affordable payment plan. Since than my 13 year old has gotten braces and I gladly will refer everyone that I know. If you need any ortho work you should definitely go here. You will not be disappointed.


Will Gomaa
12 months ago
My 9-year old was referred to an orthodontist from her regular dentist. She was very apprehensive about the visit, but within the first few minutes with Dr. Sawhney, he totally put her at ease. It did turn out she needed a retainer (actually two), but Dr. Sawhney was able to completely change her attitude and make her feel comfortable about the process.


Heather Barlow
12 months ago
We had a terrific experience with Dr. Sawhney. Our 9-year old had a cross-bite, and I was imagining years of orthodontia care. Dr. Sawhney fixed it in two weeks! And unlike other practices, he is not overzealous in treatment recommendations. I trust that his care is necessary for the patient and not to make extra money. The office is welcoming, and it's easy to make and go to appointments there. Highly recommend!


Shelby M
12 months ago
Had the most pleasant (and safe!) experience at Dr. Ravi's office this morning. I am 24, and haven't stepped foot in an orthodontics office for almost a decade. I needed to have my permanent retainer removed, and be fit with new retainers for my upper and bottom teeth. During the pandemic, I was nervous to schedule dental-related visits because I would have to take off my mask. I tested negative twice in the 2 weeks before my appointment, but even if I didn't have this extra measure, Tusk Orthodontics made me feel really safe. These are the COVID-19 precautions I observed: 1) they check patients' symptoms, use an oximeter, and take your temperature, 2) the staff is vaccinated - huge peace of mind that I'm not potentially spreading a virus to them and other patients, 3) my appointment was scheduled so that I was the only patient in the office, 4) there's air purifiers placed throughout the office, and 5) Dr. Ravi and staff wear surgical masks. In addition to these measures, I can recommend Tusk because they are helpful and super friendly. There were a few jokes made during my visit, which brightened my morning. My favorite part was when Dr. Ravi used the 3D imaging tool to map my teeth and create a digital model - the software uses music to help orthodontists map your teeth, so I got to listen to go-go music!


Alistair Millar
12 months ago
Such a pleasant experience. I felt welcome right away. They have a brand new clean office with state-of-the-art technology and friendly knowledgeable staff. Dr. Sawhney is kind, conscientious and competent. Highly recommended.


Aliza Yudkoff Glasner
12 months ago
Dr. Sawhney provided a comprehensive exam of my son's mouth. He spent an hour with us, taking images and discussing a treatment plan. I really appreciated his thoughtful analysis and candor. Dr. Sawhney has a lovely bedside manner and easily connected with my 8 year old. His assistant was also kind and courteous. The office is beautiful, pristinely clean and located in a convenient location.


Jenn Rogers
a year ago
Dr. Sawhney is phenomenal: clear, smart, thoughtful, honest, and funny. I've been his patient for the past 2+ months and can't say enough good things about this practice. Jonelle is equally professional, friendly, and responsive. In addition, the office is state-of-the-art and convenient (especially if you live in the Petworth/Columbia Heights area). I recommend them without one hesitation.


Elham Dehbozorgi
a year ago
We visited Dr. Sawhney and he gave us a free consultation to determine if our 8-year old needs braces or any early intervention. She does not, and we appreciated his conservative approach and honesty. He got along great with our daughter. His office is new, and has state of the art computers and equipment. Given the current health emergency, I liked the fact that his office is not located in a highrise- the office is in the lower level of a building with its own entrance. No need to go through a building lobby, elevators, etc. It felt very safe. We would highly recommend Dr. Sawhney.


Stephanie Guarchaj
a year ago
Dr. Sawhney is the best orthodontist! I have reached out to many orthodontists and none like him. His office is always clean and ready for the next patient, good hygiene, he always has more than one option for his patients and always leaves me very satisfied with his work as an orthodontist and front desk she always answers on time I have never waited.They are always ready for us!


Mark Farrell
a year ago
From a number of referrals and research, we opted for a free braces consultation from Tusk Orthodontics with Dr Sawhney. From that first visit to a clean, bright, and new office, we have felt welcomed and cared for especially with the newest technology. My teenager and I has appreciated the affable and understandable dental guidance. On the business end of things, I have appreciated the clear cost breakdowns and flexibility payment option. And in this time of pandemic, the office has taken proactive and simple steps to ensure everyone's safety. We also selected Tusk since braces require frequent visits for tightening and adjustments so it is very convenient to get to by bike and Metro bus/train or parking a car. So this review is long in the tooth, but we will likely be a repeat customer for our next child and would highly recommend this to friends, family, and you.


Heather Barlow
a year ago
We had a terrific experience with Dr. Sawhney. Our 9-year old had a cross-bite, and I was imagining years of orthodontia care. Dr. Sawhney fixed it in two weeks! And unlike other practices, he is not overzealous in treatment recommendations. I trust that his care is necessary for the patient and not to make extra money. The office is welcoming, and it's easy to make and go to appointments there. Highly recommend!


Shelby M
a year ago
Had the most pleasant (and safe!) experience at Dr. Ravi's office this morning. I am 24, and haven't stepped foot in an orthodontics office for almost a decade. I needed to have my permanent retainer removed, and be fit with new retainers for my upper and bottom teeth. During the pandemic, I was nervous to schedule dental-related visits because I would have to take off my mask. I tested negative twice in the 2 weeks before my appointment, but even if I didn't have this extra measure, Tusk Orthodontics made me feel really safe. These are the COVID-19 precautions I observed: 1) they check patients' symptoms, use an oximeter, and take your temperature, 2) the staff is vaccinated - huge peace of mind that I'm not potentially spreading a virus to them and other patients, 3) my appointment was scheduled so that I was the only patient in the office, 4) there's air purifiers placed throughout the office, and 5) Dr. Ravi and staff wear surgical masks. In addition to these measures, I can recommend Tusk because they are helpful and super friendly. There were a few jokes made during my visit, which brightened my morning. My favorite part was when Dr. Ravi used the 3D imaging tool to map my teeth and create a digital model - the software uses music to help orthodontists map your teeth, so I got to listen to go-go music!


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