James N. Thacker, DDS


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

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 thereafter, he opened a second office in Anderson Township to meet the growing needs of his patients, and in 1991, he expanded his Cincinnati practice to its current location in Anderson Township.

In 2003, Dr. Jim opened an additional office in Hillsboro, Ohio, 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

Outside of his practice, Dr. Jim  is a member of The American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Cincinnati Dental Society, Great Lakes Society of Orthodontists, the North Atlantic Angle Orthodontic Society, as well as the Eastside Study Group of Cincinnati.

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 also been on faculty 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 specializes in interdisciplinary adult care. He is able to offer his patients the highest quality care using the most up-to-date products and technology available.

The Thacker Orthodontics team are happy to be able to provide orthodontic treatment in a friendly and caring environment that respects all patients and their families! Dr. Jim’s 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

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 find there’s still plenty of new things to discover!

Along with his family, he enjoys other outdoor activities, 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.