Experienced & Compassionate

After a wonderful experience with a friendly orthodontist as a child, Dr. Jim Thacker knew he wanted to provide that kind of personable, individualized care himself someday.

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James N. Thacker, DDS


His commitment to creating healthy, beautiful smiles that last a lifetime began a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio State University in 1978, followed by his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1982.

Upon completion of a two-year graduate residency, he was awarded his degree in Orthodontics from Boston University in 1984.


Opening Thacker Orthodontics

In 1986, Dr. Jim opened his own orthodontic practice in Mt. Lookout. Shortly after, he opened a second office in Anderson Township to meet the growing needs of his patients. In 1991, he expanded his Cincinnati practice to its current location in Anderson Township.

In 2003, Dr. Jim opened an additional office in Hillsboro to better serve the community and his patients. In 2006, the Anderson location was awarded the Anderson Township Beautification award for Small Businesses.

Having these two state-of-the-art facilities allows Dr. Jim and his staff to provide care to patients on a much more convenient basis.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Jim is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Cincinnati Dental Society
  • Eastside Study Group of Cincinnati
  • Great Lakes Society of Orthodontists
  • North Atlantic Angle Orthodontic Society

In 2001, Dr. Jim was accredited as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. This distinguishment is reserved for an orthodontic specialist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty.

Dr. Jim has been a faculty member at the University of Kentucky Dental School, Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center Orthodontic Program, and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.


Dr. Jim is a certified Invisalign provider and also specialized in interdisciplinary adult care. He’s able to offer you the highest quality of care using the most up-to-date products and technology available.

The Thacker Orthodontics team is happy to provide orthodontic treatment in a friendly and caring environment that respects all patients and their families.

Our practice:

  • Offers a highly trained staff with many years of experience in the dental and medical fields
  • Continually educates and trains his staff in the evolving field of orthodontics and patient care.
  • Certifies all staff members in CPR/AED emergency procedures.
  • Employs a full-time Registered Dental Hygienist.
  • Complies with all OSHA requirements.
  • Complies with all HIPPA rules and regulations.
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Outside the Office

Beyond orthodontics, Dr. Jim and his wife love exploring Cincinnati by hiking or biking trails. Although they’ve lived here since 1984, they still find plenty of new things to discover!

He enjoys outdoor activities with his family, such as water and snow skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, biking, and gardening.

In his free time, Dr. Jim also likes attending sporting events, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with his wonderful friends and family.