Home Grown

Ricks Family Orthodontics opened in Northeast Bakersfield in early 2016. Dr. Ricks chose this location because he grew up in Northeast Bakersfield. He attended Eissler Elementary School, Chipman Jr High and Highland High school. Northeast Bakersfield is, and always has been, his home.

State of the Art Technology

The practice of orthodontics has come a long way since Dr. Ricks had braces. Dr. Ricks loves all the new advances in Orthodontics. He keeps up to date on all of the latest advances and has incorporated the best into his practice. Some of our favorites are: Digital scanning with ITERO instead of the goopy impressions, low radiation digital x-rays, 3D printers, IMAC computer systems and Acceladent.

Small Practice

Don’t be surprised if we take some time to talk with you and get to know you. We are a small-ish orthodontic practice by design. Dr. Ricks insists that he sees every patient at each appointment. This allows for the highest quality of patient care. You can rest easy knowing that all clinical decisions at your appointments are being made by your orthodontist.

Highest Quality Materials

Most people do not know that there is a difference between an orthodontic bracket purchased in China for pennies and the highest quality American made brackets. Dr. Ricks uses the highest quality bracket system on the market. These brackets are made by 3M a company who has been leading the orthodontic industry in innovation and quality for over 80 years. Each bracket is cast of the highest quality materials and comes in individually sterilized packages. The brackets have a state of the art adhesive preapplied which has been clinically proven to reduce the incidence of cavities. No expense has been spared when it comes to the building of your smile.

Most insurances accepted

We are here to serve our neighbors in Northeast Bakersfield. We do not want which insurance you have to be a barrier between you and your new smile. We are in-network providers for many PPO insurances and accept all PPO insurances.

In-house Financing Available

Your new smile is an investment. We understand that and want to help make your goal of the smile of your dreams a reality. To facilitate that we offer in-house financing with many different down payment and monthly payment options. And just to make your smile a little wider, our standard financing options are interest-free!

Strictly Adheres to Board Regulations

The dental board of California has strict rules regarding which duties within the practice of orthodontics have to done by an orthodontist and which duties can be delegated to assistants. Many of the duties that can be delegated must be done by special orthodontic assistants who have furthered their clinical training through additional schooling and certifications with the dental board of California. Dr. Ricks adheres strictly to the dental board of California’s regulations regarding which practices can only be done by an orthodontist. Dr. Ricks has gone to great lengths to make sure only assistants with proper board certifications are allowed to perform delegated duties. This level of adherence to board regulations is unfortunately rare in our community today.


Here at Ricks Family Orthodontics we want to see you smile! We not only want you to have a beautiful and healthy smile, we want to be part of the reason you are smiling. We are smile makers!

We work hard so that your braces experience is a time of your life that you will remember. From the first time you come into the office we strive to provide you with a patient experience like no other orthodontic office in town. Our patient centered approach to care means that we go out of our way to ensure we give you something to smile about!


Dr. Ken Ricks was trained on a variety of orthodontic techniques, and has brought the most up-to-date orthodontic technology to Bakersfield. Our Clinic is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art orthodontic practice and care.

  • Dr. Ken Ricks creates a customized treatment plan for each and every patient.
  • He works closely with area dentists and specialists, ensuring a collaborative approach to dental care that evaluates overall facial appearance, maximizes facial harmony, and achieves the healthiest possible bite.
  • Offering traditional braces, clear brackets, lingual braces and Invisalign clear aligners, Dr. Ricks has a solution to every orthodontic challenge and will work with you and your dentist to achieve the perfect result.
  • Dr. Ricks graduated at the top of his class, bringing the best care to Bakersfield.

If orthodontic treatment would benefit you or some of your family, we will do everything in our power to make treatment affordable.

  • We offer complimentary exams where Dr. Ricks will sit down with you and discuss whether you can benefit from orthodontic treatment and what the most appropriate method of achieving your goals is.
  • We offer no-interest financing and some of the most flexible payment options around.
  • We accept most insurance plans.

Sometimes the best treatment that an orthodontist can provide is no treatment at all. We are in the business of providing our patients with appropriate treatment at the best possible timing.

  • Dr. Ricks will not recommend starting treatment on a child which would be more effective and efficient at a later time.
  • We schedule extra time for each of our appointments to answer questions.
  • Dr. Ricks makes an effor to have face-to-face time with patients and patients parents/guardians every single appointment to make sure everyone is on the same page and to answer any questions.
  • Parents/Guardians are welcome to come back with their child during treatment.


This is the best ortho in town highly recommend I got treated here n now my daughter is getting her braces. This place is wonderful so kind and generous definelty will keep coming here n will recommend to family n friends.. Dr.Ricks and his staff are AMAZING!
Jeanette M.
Dr. Ricks and his staff are not only incredibly competent, they are friendly and eager to provide the best service to their patients. My 10 year old son had an "underbite" and the facemask therapy Dr. Ricks recommended worked amazingly well! My husband and I appreciate the conservative treatment plan. If you're looking for a new orthodontist, look no further than this place!
Stephanie G.
The doctor and staff are all amazing. I wont go anywhere else for ortho treatment. I initially came for a replacement retainer but now will be bringing my kids for ortho treatment in the future. The office is very welcoming and has a great environment overall.
Dee N.
I brought my 6 year old in the Ricks Family Orthodontics at the recommendation of his dentist. Dr. Ricks got us in with no wait and gave us a thorough explanation of my son's needs. The office is well managed by and makes us feel very welcome. My son has had issues with the dentist in the past but he now looks forward to his next visit.
David B.
Dr. Ricks is the best orthodontist! He takes his time to explain everything and he is gentle. The office staff is very kind and accommodating. They offer incentives for the kids to remember good oral hygiene. Beautiful, clean office. Definitely recommend Ricks Family Orthodontics!
Heather H.
Love this place so happy I decided to bring my boys here they are amazing super sweet and nice Dr. Ricks is so calm and professional always asking if you have any questions, spends one on one time with his patients to explain everything they will be doing. Oh and you can't forget they offer you a De La Rose ice bar mmmmmm. My son Angel was so happy with his braces walked out with a T-shirt, a certificate for a milk shake and a oral B genius electric tooth brush which was a promotion that they were doing for the month of May. Front office to the back office staff is always greeting you with a smile.
Leslie G.


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