Meet Dr. Pearson

Dr.Pearson2016.jpgBradley L. Pearson, D.D.S., M.S.

It was only natural that Dr. Bradley L. Pearson grew up to become an orthodontist – it was in his blood. Born and raised in Edina, Minnesota, Dr. Pearson watched and learned as his father, Dr. Lloyd Pearson, maintained a busy orthodontic practice in the Southdale Medical Building for over 40 years, was president of the American Board of Orthodontics, lectured internationally and published numerous research articles on orthodontics. He was fortunate to practice with his father for many years, and together they won the Dewel Award in 1999 for the Best Clinically Based Research Article of the Year published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Dr. Pearson stays on the cutting edge of orthodontics and provides his patients with the latest in orthodontic technologies. He specializes in interceptive orthodontics, which allows for the treatment of many patients without extractions. Dr. Pearson uses various orthodontic options for children as well as adults, including Invisalign®.

Dr. Pearson and his wife Maggie have two daughters. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys fishing, golfing, gardening and an occasional Vikings or Wild game.

Board Certification

Dr. Pearson is board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. Certification, which is a voluntary process, provides an extensive review of the orthodontist's basic education, as well as an intensive assessment of the orthodontist's clinical expertise. Orthodontists must pass a series of difficult, thorough written and oral examinations and submit case studies of patients they’ve successfully treated. This is a notable achievement in the field of orthodontics as only 1 in 3 orthodontists are certified.

Upon certification, the orthodontist earns the certificate of the Board and the title "Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.” Certification by the Board is based on the highest standards of knowledge and therapeutic skill, and all Diplomates are expected to maintain and enhance such standards. As of 2016, there were over 2,000 orthodontists throughout the world recognized as Diplomates.

Educational Background

Dr. Pearson earned his undergraduate degree (B.S.) at Gustavus Adolphus College, his dental degree (D.D.S.) from the University of Minnesota, and his specialty in orthodontics (M.S.) from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Midwest Society of Orthodontists
  • Midwest Angle Orthodontic Society
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontists
  • Minneapolis District Dental Society
  • Rotary Club of Edina
  • Southside Comprehensive Study Club

Articles and Publications

  • "Rapid Maxillary Expansion with Incisor Intrusion: A Study of Vertical Control:, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 115, No. 5, May, 1999, 576-582.
  • "Two-Stage Treatment of a Class II, Division 1 Malocclusion with Excessive Vertical Dimensions", World Journal of Orthodontics, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2002, 19-26.