One of the primary reasons I went into the field of orthodontics was that I had the opportunity to see what a positive impact my father, Dr. Lynn Smith, had on the many people he treated. It is such an honor to be able to provide a meaningful service to so many in our community.
In our practice we believe that each patient is important, and that the pathway to a successful outcome starts with excellent diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. We work hard to build relationships with our patients so we understand their goals, and we also work hard to educate patients and their parents about the orthodontic process.
For prospective orthodontic patients today, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Advertising and marketing can muddle the waters and make it difficult to understand what orthodontics is all about. I take patient education very seriously, and we strive to ensure that our patients are aware of all of their treatment options so that together we can make good, informed decisions.
It is our goal to provide excellent care that is safe, efficient, and effective in a fun and supportive environment.
Education and Continuing Education
- Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Doctor of Dental Surgery
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Orthodontics Residency
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Science
I completed my orthodontic residency at UNC-Chapel Hill, and I obtained my certificate in orthodontics and Master of Science. My master’s thesis examined types of rigid fixation and its influence on long-term skeletal stability with orthognathic surgery. This research has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
After finishing my orthodontic residency at UNC, I completed the additional work to become a board-certified orthodontist. This required many additional hours of case preparation, oral and written exams, and case presentation to a panel of examiners with the American Board of Orthodontists. I am proud to say that I received board certification in 2012 and maintain that certification today.
Continuing education is critical to stay current with new advances in the field of orthodontics. Access to current research and new clinical practices can lead to improved outcomes, with better treatment efficiency and effectiveness.
My patients are a diverse group, with unique needs and goals. In order to provide such a high level of individualized treatment, we have to be skilled in a variety of different techniques and treatment modalities. While this presents many challenges, I feel we would be doing our patients a disservice if we did not strive to be at the forefront of the many diverse current orthodontic techniques.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- North Carolina Association of Orthodontists
- University of North Carolina Orthodontic Alumni Association
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Lee County Dental Society
Outside the Office
My wife Jan and I have been blessed with three children: Ginny, Mary Thomas, and Will. My free time is spent with my family or outdoors where I enjoy mountain biking and running. And during basketball season we support the Tar Heels with great enthusiasm.
I believe it is important to be active in the local community and supportive of our patients as they pursue their many endeavors. For me, that takes the form of teaching Sunday school at St. Luke United Methodist Church, coaching youth soccer and basketball, participating as a board member with the Sanford Area Soccer League, and giving talks at local elementary schools about oral hygiene and diet. I am hopeful that these activities will help our young people live healthier and happier lives.
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