Meet Dr. Timothy Hession

Helping People to Smile

Being an orthodontist is so much more than a job: I am good at what I do and I make people happy. Helping people achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve makes me happy. It’s that simple.

I enjoy interacting with people. Aside from helping each obtain the smile they are seeking, I like learning what’s important to a person and about their lives. We serve a wonderful community and each person has their own stories and experiences to share. I find I learn a lot if I just listen to what my patients tell me about their world.

I’ve been practicing orthodontics since 1982. Growing up, I always enjoyed science. In fact, my dad was a science teacher. But I always wanted to become an artist. I enjoyed music, sculpture, drawing, and photography. The dental field, and orthodontics in particular, has proven to be the perfect combination of science and the art I love.

The Team and Our Practice

We have the most incredible team: they make coming to work a joy. Each is friendly and caring, not to mention exceptionally good at what they do. Our team cares for patients as they would a member of their own family, attentive to the person’s comfort and goals. They are skilled at keeping patients excited about treatment and encouraging patients to care for their oral health.

Our orthodontic practice is warm and welcoming; a lot of that is because of our team members. They each bring their own knowledge and passion to the office, along with a commitment to exceptional care.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Villanova University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Buffalo
  • Master of Science in Orthodontics, University of Iowa

I believe each patient deserve the highest quality orthodontic care, with treatment tailored to their unique needs. In order to deliver that level of treatment, I must stay current on advancements in orthodontics through continuing education. Learning about developments in techniques, technologies, and materials allows me to provide the right orthodontic plan for each person.

I take courses throughout the year. I also attend conferences and lectures and keep up with research findings through orthodontic journals.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • New York State Fifth District Dental Society, Past President
  • Madison County Dental Society, Past President
  • Oneida Herkimer Counties Dental Society

Personal Life

I grew up the fourth of ten children – yes, I have nine brothers and sisters – in Rockland County, along the Hudson River. After I left the Air Force in 1986, my wife and I moved to Oneida, as she’s from upstate New York.

Although my wife is home now, she is a nurse by profession and spent her nursing days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Needless to say, she loves children.

Our three children are now grown. Our oldest, Becky, teaches English in Fayetteville Manlius School District. She and her husband, Josh, have given us two grandchildren, Hannah and Andrew. Our middle child, Richard, is a physician finishing his residency in Ophthalmology. His wife, Fabiola, is also a physician and finishing her fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitative medicine. Tim, our youngest, is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, concentrating on voice and piano. He has a private studio in Washington, DC. We also have a canine family: two golden retrievers and a harlequin Great Dane.

When not working I’m almost always with friends and family. I also enjoy music, arts, and sports and you’ll often see me being dragged around town by the dogs.

Giving back to the community one calls home is important. I’ve served for 18 years on the Board of Education of our local school district. I’ve also been active with the Rotary Club and the United Way. The charities most important to my wife and I are those that serve children in need and those that care for pets seeking a good home.