Erik D. Langsjoen, DDS, MS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences

Erik D. Langsjoen

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-5110

DDS, University of Minnesota, 1975

MS, University of Minnesota (Orthodontics), 1981

Gustavus Adolphus College (Chemistry and German), 1972; University of Minnesota (Dentistry), 1974


Dr. Langsjoen earned his dental degree, Master’s degree and Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Minnesota. He spent twenty years in the U.S. military dental services, retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1998. During his Air Force tenure in Europe, Asia, and the United States, he served as the Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthodontics and founded the military’s first tri-service graduate program in orthodontics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was the chairman and program director of that advanced education program and was awarded the Legion of Merit medal upon his retirement as a colonel.

Entering the private practice of orthodontics in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, he also served the surrounding communities with five separate offices. In 2011 he returned to academia at the University of Minnesota as the Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics. In this capacity he is able to focus all his time and effort on training the nation’s orthodontists of the future.

Awards & Recognition

  • Legion of Merit Medal, U.S. Air Force 1998
  • Special Consultant in Orthodontics to the Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services, U.S. Air Force 1997 - 1998
  • Chief Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthodontics, US Air Force 1997 - 1998
  • Chief Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthodontics, US Air Force 1993 - 1996
  • Fellowship conferred, American College of Dentists 1995
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, U.S. Air Force 1995
  • Orthodontic Consultant to the Pacific Air Force Command Surgeon 1991 - 1995
  • Orthodontic Consultant for hospitals & clinics served by 1995 - 1998
  • Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas 1985 - 1990
  • Chief of Orthodontics, 432nd Medical Group, Misawa Air Base, Japan 1990 - 1995
  • Outstanding Graduate honors, Air War College, Air University, U.S. Air Force 1989
  • Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Air Force 1989
  • Junior Grade Officer of the Quarter, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center 1987
  • Chief of Orthodontics, U.S.A.F. Hospital Torrejon, Torrejon Air Base, Spain 1981 - 1984
  • Commendation Medal, U.S. Air Force 1984
  • Prosthodontic Award for Excellence in Clinical Prosthodontics and Interest in Academic Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 1975
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary National Dental Society 1975
  • “With Distinction” honors, Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, 1974
  • “Cum Laude” honors, Bachelor of Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1972
  • Iota Delta Gamma (now Phi Beta Kappa) Honorary Scholastic Society, 1972


Research Summary/Interests

  • Cephalometric studies
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Suresmile technique
  • Dentofacial esthetics
  • Mandibular asymmetries


Langsjoen, E, “A Study of Accuracy in Predicting Soft Tissue Profiles” Published in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Science Degree, University of Minnesota, 1981