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Meet the Doctor

Dr. Michael R. Richards

Originally from Pleasant View, Utah, Dr. Richards served a two year mission to Haiti for his church.  He then received his Bachelor of Science from Weber State University before moving onto Ohio State University, where he earned his Doctor in Dental Surgery, Master of Science, and his certificate in Orthodontics.  He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, and he graduated in the top 10% of his dental class.
With the specialized knowledge and training that comes from working under some of the most well-known and published orthodontists in the world, Dr. Richards is happy to help patients of all ages achieve straighter smiles than ever before.
Dr. Richards is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Utah Association of Orthodontists (UAO).  His is also board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), a feat that requires the completion of a rigorous, voluntary 3-part exam that demonstrates an orthodontist’s ability to effectively finish cases to an exceptional standard.
There’s a lot to love about his chosen career, but some of his favorite aspects include interacting and getting to know patients and their families, seeing patients gain more and more confidence in their smiles over time, and showing patients their before and after pictures.  They often can’t believe how their teeth used to look before treatment, and their excitement and disbelief is always fun to Dr. Richards to experience firsthand.  He especially loves getting to see his younger patients grow and mature over the years!

Beyond Orthodontics

Dr. Richards is married to his high school sweetheart, Candice, and together, they have four children, three girls and a boy.  When he’s not busy at the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, fly-fishing, shooting shotguns, water sports, mountain biking, skiing, and cooking.

David Hales
David Hales
November 16, 2023
I had braces when I was younger and was hoping to straighten things up again after 30 years! Dr. Richard’s was very responsive to patient needs! I really appreciated how much information I was given through the process of getting things straight again! 5 Star experience!!!!! I was very grateful for the expertise he exhibited as he lined things up again! Thank you!
Kristie Close
Kristie Close
November 16, 2023
Such a great atmosphere! Dr. Richards and his staff are always so kind and professional. Dr. Richards really cared about my kids teeth and listened to any concerns I had. Would definitely recommend them.
Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez
November 15, 2023
Dr.Richards did amazing on my son's teeth , I would highly recommend him
Mary Wilcox
Mary Wilcox
November 15, 2023
Great work. Sometimes communication is lacking.
Robert Pilarczyk
Robert Pilarczyk
November 14, 2023
My son has been a patient of Farr West Orthodontics for the past 4 years. Love the staff! They are so kind and professional. Dr. Richards is also amazing. I highly recommend them!
Sara Mickelson
Sara Mickelson
November 9, 2023
Dr Richards and his staff are amazing. My daughter has dental anxiety and has always felt comfortable with the office. Thanks for a great experience.
Stacey Hadley
Stacey Hadley
November 8, 2023
Dr Richards is amazing! All 4 of my kids have been patients of his. Dr. Richard’s not only does amazing work but is so genuine. He’s always talking to them about their extracurricular activities and what they have accomplished. We have never had any issues and my children’s teeth look amazing! I would highly recommend him!

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