2651 Oak Grove Rd | Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Brian J. Hockel, DDS

Dr. Brian J. Hockel grew up in Walnut Creek, CA where he now provides expert dental and orthodontic care to the community. He followed in his father's footsteps, practicing with him for over a decade before taking over the family practice. Combining his distinguished education with commitment and expertise, Dr. Hockel serves individuals with outstanding patient care. At Life Dental & Orthodontics, patient-centered care is our primary priority. We look to prioritize the welfare and needs of every patient, utilizing the latest technologies and techniques to attain that mission. Dr. Hockel cherishes family time with his wife, Beth, and their 11 children, a testament to his dedication to both his career and personal life.


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Education and Training


With a strong foundation in dental technology and hands-on experience as a dental technician, Dr. Hockel embarked on his journey toward becoming a dentist. He graduated from the UCSF School of Dentistry in 1989 where he learned advanced skills and honed his expertise even further. Throughout his career, he has continued to stay at the forefront of dental innovations and techniques. Dr. Hockel is actively involved in several professional organizations, including:

  • The Academy of Airway and Gnathologic Orthopedics
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The North American Association of Facial Orthotropics
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Contra Costa Dental Society 

Specialties and Expertise

Dr. Hockel has an extensive understanding of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, airway orthodontics, and gnathology (the study of how the bite fits together), which allows him to implement comprehensive treatments that offer significant improvements in both dental and overall health. Notably, he stands out as one of the few Northern California dentists who practices and teaches Orthotropics®, a groundbreaking process for guiding facial growth for growing children.

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2651 Oak Grove Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Call: 925-934-3434

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Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

L.B. Google

I took my young boys to Life dental & Orthodontics because they were airway focused and that was really important for a family! We were mostly helped with Katie the RDA and she was so great with the boys made everything fun and super patient with them. I also really appreciated how in-depth Dr. Hockel explained everything to myself and our kids. My boys can get easily overwhelmed and he had such gentle and calm energy throughout the whole process! I really appreciated that! Highly recommend this team! :) Jessie at the front desk is also super helpful and sweet!

J.P. Yelp

So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notched technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

P.T. Google

I want to give a shout-out to Rachel, who is an amazing hygienist. I have been with Life Dental for many years, long before the name of the practice changed. I have been treated by many hygienists over the years, all really wonderful, and Rachel is #1 on my ‘top 10’ list. She is thorough and extremely efficient - a super smart and skilled hygienist. Rachel takes time to get to know her patients - she remembers highlights in my life that she will ask me about at my next appointment, and she exhibits genuine interest. She is a thoughtful and caring person, and a true professional. In general, all services, from the front office to dental care provided by Life Dental are exemplary and I can’t recommend this dental practice more highly.

N.G. Google

So glad to be working with LD&O. World class facility. Friendly staff. Top notch technologies. Great communications. Innovative approach. Cutting edge thinking. Thank you.

P.T. Google


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