Meet Dr. Luke Carlson

I feel fortunate to be an orthodontist because I get to listen to my patients’ goals and talk about what is possible to achieve them through braces or Invisalign. It is rewarding to have a positive influence on a patient’s life and help them attain a radiant simile and healthy tooth function. Watching my patients’ grow into a more confident version of themselves is gratifying for me.

Being an orthodontist is a natural fit for me as it combines my passion of helping patients as well as my talents in science, knowledge in smile, facial aesthetics, and problem-solving skills. It is fulfilling for me to offer my patients customized orthodontic treatment, to be a part of my patient’s lives, and to see their smile transformation.


I attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and graduated with a major in Biology and concentration in Biomedical Studies. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota, graduating first in my class. I was invited into the prestigious Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. I knew I wanted to specialize in orthodontics and immediately following graduation from dental school, I continued at the University of Minnesota orthodontic residency program and earned my Master of Science degree and specialty Certificate in Orthodontics.

Continuing Education

The specialty of orthodontics is continually advancing in treatment techniques and technology. I believe that continuing education is an essential part to orthodontics in order to provide patients with optimum care and treatment results. I participate at the local, regional, national levels as part of my commitment to helping patients achieve their most healthy and attractive smile.

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • Minnesota Association of Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Northeastern District Dental Society
  • Lake Superior Study Club
  • Great Lakes Study Club

My Team

I am very fortunate to have such an excellent team who care so much about our patients. The energy and enthusiasm our team shares everyday with our patients helps to make orthodontics a fun and enjoyable process.

Life Outside the Office

I was raised in Stillwater, MN, and met Kirstin, my wife, while attending St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. We found Duluth and the surrounding communities to be a perfect place for us to work, live, and raise a family. In my free time, I can most often be found with Kirstin and our children enjoying the outdoors of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. We enjoy hiking on the north shore, throwing rocks into Lake Superior, running, fishing, cross-country skiing, and golfing.