Making people feel comfortable, making people not dread that appointment that they've been staring at on the calendar, hearing, "Oh, that wasn't as bad as I thought," that's good. That's a win for dentists, who don't have many friends anyway. We joke and we kid. We just try to make it comfortable for everybody. We know it's not probably what you want to do that day. It's something you have to do. You just want to make people feel good, and leave here telling their friends something good, and saying, "Hey, that was easier than I thought."
Dr. Smith is originally from Covington, GA. In high school, he worked for an orthodontist, sparking his love for dentistry. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia, he graduated from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (magna cum laude). He then enhanced his professional education by completing a general practice residency in Denver, Colorado.
I've been practicing for about 5 years now, so I didn't do a whole lot of orthodontics in dental school, but I got some experience with that during my residency, doing some Invisalign-type cases. We use a system here called ClearCorrect, very much similar to Invisalign. Orthodontic work was going back to the roots, I guess. Starting out in the orthodontics practice in high school. I did that. Did a lot of implant training. Went down to Mexico and did some surgical, intensive, heavy surgery. I went the Guadalajara for almost 2 weeks. Like I said, you find good people everywhere.
Some of the most gracious patients, we did pro bono implant surgeries all day, 10 hours, 12 hours a day for 2 weeks down there. Got to do that. Combined surgery skills with the ones I learned in my residency, which I did at a hospital. It was surgically intensive as well. I got into the surgery and the orthodontic stuff and that's what's been my heavier, post-doc education.
Dr. Smith has a passion for surgery and implant dentistry. He has completed over 100 hours of hands-on continuing education in implant dentistry and has earned the status of Fellow with the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI).
Dr. Smith, his wife Alec, and their two sons, Noah and Winn, live in nearby Kennesaw, GA. Outside the office, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family, watching UGA football, playing ALTA tennis, and golfing when he can!