Welcome: Smiles Happen Here!

Hello and welcome to the blog!

I’m so pumped to get this up and running so that we have a way to keep our patient families and friends in the loop about our office, events, cool things happening locally and the best ways to take care of the beautiful smiles we are creating together!

Before I dive into all things orthodontics, I feel like I should tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in Canada, outside of Toronto, the youngest of three children. My parents both worked hard to give us opportunities to better ourselves, which ultimately led me to attend Southern Adventist University here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I majored in biology and minored in chemistry and business, planning to go into medicine. That was until Dr. Fuller from the University of Alabama at Birmingham spoke to a class about the dental profession, and I was hooked.

I spent four years in dental school at UAB and graduated top of my class. I loved the craftsmanship of dentistry and decided to further that those skills by pursuing an orthodontics degree. By this time, my wife Stacey and I had been married for four years and were ready to start a family. Our first son, Ben, was born in January 2008, with his sister, Katie Beth, following in April 2010 – the same week we moved to Chattanooga and our next child was born…Scenic City Orthodontics! (We’ve since added another to brood; Will joined us in August 2012.)

Building this practice has been hard work, which I love, and the business-side is always changing and evolving. There is always new technology to learn – like our itero scanner and the advancements of the Invisalign system and self-ligating Damon brackets that provide the best treatment results. There are always new developments like the design and construction of our new location on Jenkins Road, scheduled to break ground in early 2018.

But the people side, the true heart of what I do, always stays the same. Here’s the deal: you can get braces or Invisalign literally anywhere these days…even on the internet! Families trust our office to provide the outstanding orthodontic care in an uplifting, comfortable environment that we have come to be known for. My team and I are 100% committed this mission statement and practice vision of exceeding our patients’ expectations in every conversation, every email, every phone call, every day. When we say, “smiles happen here”, we truly mean that – from the 7-year old who fills up her bag of treats from our candy wall after her first consultation, to the college-grad who finally feels confident smiling during his job interviews, to the mom who just really enjoys some quiet time in our lobby with a warm cup of coffee and a magazine, it is my goal that coming to our office is the best part of each patient’s day.

So, that’s my “why”! I now I look forward to talking about your “whys” here on this blog – “Why braces?” “Why do I need to wear my retainer every day?” Even “Why is Chattanooga such a cool place to live?” We’ll cover it all, and I hope you’ll join us for the ride!

Keep smiling, eh! Dr. Prentice

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