Dr. Lateefa Alkharafi

Craniofacial Orthodontist
Jaber Alahmed Hospital

Dr. Alkharafi obtained her dental degree (Bachelor of Dental Medicine) from Kuwait University, Faculty of Dentistry in 2009. After completing one year of craniofacial genetics and stem cell research, she earned her Master of Science in Dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, USA. She was the recipient of the “excellence Award” in research from the University of the Pacific in 2012, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2016. She received her training in craniofacial and special needs orthodontics from the University of California, San Francisco in 2021.

Publications and Presentations

“Incidence of Oral clefts in Kuwait; Trends and Demographic Differentials”  

- March, 2020 –International Association for Dental Research  – Journal of Dental Research online issue

“Is sleep Apnea the New TMD?”

- December, 2019 – Speaker – The First National KDA conference – Kuwait

AlKharafi, L., AlHajery, D., & Andersson, L. (2014). Orthognathic surgery: pretreatment information and patient satisfaction. Medical Principles and Practice, 23(3), 218-224.

Tolarova T., Strafford M., Alkharafi L, Tolar M., Boyd C. (2013) “Pediatric Cleft Lip and Palate” - http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/995535-overview

“Orofacial Clefts in Kuwait and Polymorphisms of MTHFR 677CT and TGFβ3 rs2300607 AT”

-May 2013, 18th annual HSC Poster Conference - Kuwait

“Polymorphisms of Taste Genes Associated with Dental Caries and Cleft Lip and Palate in Udaipur, India”

- May 2013 - Presenting author - The 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies– Orlando, FL, USA.

“MTHFR 677CT Polymorphism in Kuwaiti Patients with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate– a Pilot Study”

-May 2013, E-poster, The American Association of Orthodontists 113th Annual Session. – Philadelphia, PA, USA

“Prevalence Of Congenitally Missing Teeth Among Dental Students”

- April 2013, co-author, California Dental Association Annual Conference – Anaheim, CA

“Patient Information vs. Patient Satisfaction among Orthognathic Patients Treated in Ministry of Health Clinics in Kuwait”

-April 2009, 14th Annual HSC poster Conference - Kuwait

-December 2008, 8th Annual Conference of Kuwait Association for Dental Research - Kuwait