Kathryn  Preston
Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director, Pre-Doctoral Orthodontics
Craniofacial Orthodontist, UCLA Craniofacial Team
(310) 206-7157
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  CHS 30-121


Dr. Kathryn Preston is a full-time Assistant Clinical Professor in the Section of Orthodontics, Division of Growth and Development. She also serves as the Program Director for Pre-Doctoral Orthodontics and is active in both the pre-doctoral and graduate residency clinical, laboratory, and didactic educations. As a fellowship-trained Craniofacial Orthodontist, she also serves as the lead Craniofacial Orthodontist for the UCLA Craniofacial Team at Ronald Reagan Hospital.


Dr. Preston completed her fellowship in Craniofacial Orthodontics at Seattle Children’s Hospital, which involves additional advanced training in hospital-based care of patients with craniofacial differences and special needs following completion of an orthodontic residency. She also holds a Masters Degree (MS) in Oral Biology and Certificate in Orthodontics from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics. Dr. Preston graduated with honors when obtaining her D.D.S. degree from UCLA School of Dentistry in Los Angeles. She completed her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in addition to Departmental Honors. Additionally, she is Board-Certified/Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Educational & Professional Background

  • Fellowship in Craniofacial Orthodontics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • MS in Oral Biology, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics,  Dallas, TX
  • Certificate in Orthodontics, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics, Dallas, TX
  • D.D.S., UCLA School of Dentistry
  • B.A. Spanish, University of Kentucky
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics

Research & Interests

  • Curriculum and teaching innovations
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Team & interdisciplinary care
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniofacial growth and development

Professional Memberships

  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)
  • American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)
  • American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • California Dental Association CDA)
  • Los Angeles Dental Society (LADS)

Representative Publications

Preston K. A Communication Guide for Orthodontic-Restorative Collaborations: An Orthodontic  Perspective on the Importance of Working in a Team. DentClinNAm. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cden.2020.06.001.

Preston K. Delivering hands-on pre-clinical orthodontic education in the remote age. JDentEduc. 2020;1–2. https://doi.org/10.1002/jdd.12320

Susarla SM, Ettinger R, Preston K, Kapadia H, Egbert MA. Technical Modifications Specific to the Cleft Le Fort I Osteotomy. J Craniofac Surg. 2020;31(5):1459-1463. doi:10.1097/SCS.0000000000006456

Susarla SM, Ettinger RE, Preston K, Kapadia H, Egbert MA. Is alteration of the occlusal plane stable with isolated nasomaxillary fixation of the Le Fort I osteotomy?. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2020;49(7):895-900. doi:10.1016/j.ijom.2019.12.004

Preston K, Mercan E, Kapadia H, Hopper RA. Early craniofacial growth in syndromic synostosis: implications for advancement procedures. 18th Congress of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, Paris, France. September 16-19, 2019.