Brian Hockel, DDS

Brian Hockel, DDS
Life Dental & Orthodontics 2651 Oak Grove Rd Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Brian Hockel, DDS

History of the Practice

Established in 1959 by Dr. Jack Hockel

Dr. Brian Hockel writes: my dad is a retired dentist who practiced from '59 to '02. He taught me dental lab work at age 17, and I've been hooked since. He's a very meticulous perfectionist and I think he gave me those genes. Our practice has combined reconstruction and orthodontics since the 60's. I joined him in 1989, after graduating top of my class clinically.

We're in a remodeled farm house that is next door to where I grew up. I knew Mr. & Mrs Casey, the couple who lived in this house, and I'm grateful to be in such a beautiful and historic setting. We take pride in keeping the place comfortable.

My brother Steve works here too, in "Hockel Dental Lab." Many doctors depend on him for his high quality lab work.

We have evolved in the reconstruction arena by incorporating the state of the art in cosmetic results. In orthodontics, we've branched out with a focus on airway, both in kids and adults.

The future is bright - maybe one of my 11 kids will carry on the tradition!

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Brian Hockel is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, where he received numerous awards in clinical expertise, and was Clinical Professor after graduation in 1989. Even while a senior in high school, he learned lab procedures for gnathological bite reconstruction, and became a Certified Dental Technician. He was the top of his dental school class in technical performance and is a lifetime member of OKU. He focuses on cosmetic, reconstructive, orthotropic and orthodontic care, blending experience in cosmetic smile design, orthodontics for adults and children, orthotropic growth guidance, treatment of sleep disorders, and gnathological occlusion. Dr. Hockel is on the Board of Directors of the AAGO, is a member of the AACD and the Int'l Orthotropics Association. He has published in the AAGO Journal and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Hockel resides with his wife Beth and most of their eleven children - six boys and five girls.
Primary Specialty


Gender Male
Services We are a general practice that also specializes in both cosmetic reconstructions and a unique type of orthodontics.

Cosmetic: Dr. Hockel has advanced training and experience in helping you achieve the smile you want, and maintaining healthy bite function too.

Orthodontics: Dr. Hockel does not extract teeth for orthodontics, and will often open spaces back up. Why? The simple reason is that the airway, jaw joint and appearance often require it. We focus on the actual causes of crooked teeth and bite problems, and try to resolve these causes.

Orthotropics: A type of treatment called Orthotropics is an amazing way to help a child look and feel their best by optimizing their growth direction. Kids often grow too much vertically, having weak jaws and gummy smiles. Ask us how Orthotropics can help!

Sleep Apnea: Our goal in sleep apnea care is to help you open your airway. Dr. Hockel has a special interest in treating both snoring and sleep apnea.
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Very clean and safe space. The Dr. and staff are all very welcoming and accommodating. Dr. Hockel takes great care of his patients and everyone around him. They are all professional and they really make a trip to the dentist something to look forward to!
a very comfortable atmosphere! i love the professional and family like relationship the staff here has with their patients.
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