The holiday season is a great time to consider giving not just to loved ones but also giving back to yourself for all the hard work you do all year long.
The trademark of Dr. Paivi Samant’s dental practice has always been an individual approach to dental care because, when it comes to a person’s smile, there is no one-size-fits-all. Dr. Samant, who founded the practice a decade ago, says, “First and foremost we take time and listen to our patients. Our dental team looks at all the factors when creating our patients’ treatment plans, with the goal of getting each person back to optimal function—feeling good, looking great, eating and speaking well.” Her new business name — Smart Smile Dentistry — reflects the specialty care and commitment she and her team place on keeping our smiles bright.
This year, Dr. Samant moved her practice to a bright, welcoming new space that reflects the essence of her dental philosophy. Smart Smile Dentistry integrates familiar tools with digital technology, from digital x-rays to intra-oral scanning to conebeam imaging. Although the technology is exciting, it’s really all about providing the best experience for the patient, says Dr. Samant: “Our practice is focused on red-carpet customer service. We love our patients, and appreciate the trust they put in us. Every individual is different, with different expectations and needs, and we respect that here.” With the larger space, Dr. Samant has been able to welcome new team members Dr. Valentina Ayala and Dr. Mary Kuhns. “We’re really moving into a multi-faceted practice,” Dr. Samant confirms. “With my specialty — prosthodontics — and Dr. Kuhns’ specialty — periodontics — plus Dr. Ayala’s general dentistry focus, we’ll be able to see patients at all stages of life, from school-age children through adulthood.” Patients at Smart Smile Dentistry can now receive comprehensive dental care as well as solutions to very complex dental problems, all under one roof. Such problems as discolored or misshaped teeth, for example, can be easily corrected with porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding procedures.” For missing teeth, we can now place and restore dental implants with crowns, bridges or any dental prosthesis from beginning to end in our Smart Smile facility”, says Dr. Samant.
New Team Members
Dr. Ayala brings a wonderful and skilled addition to Smart Smile dental team. She was born in the US but grew up in Venezuela, where she obtained her first DMD degree and worked in a private practice setting until her relocation to south Florida. After moving to Gainesville, Dr. Ayala worked as a local hygienist while finishing her American DMD degree at the UF College of Dentistry. She also completed a Public Health Certificate program. The additional training took a lot of work, she acknowledges, but “it also empowered me, and allows me to do what I’m passionate about, helping people one smile at a time.”
Dr. Ayala also feels her global perspective and additional training in dentistry helps her think outside of the box. “That, and the ability to combine my skills with the advanced technology we have at Smart Smile,” she says, “is just wonderful.” Dr. Kuhns recently graduated as a Periodontist from the UF College of Dentistry. She moved to Gainesville from south Florida for her undergraduate schooling, and never left. “I love it here,” she says, laughing. “I’m a die-hard football fan, and I love outdoor activities like running and hiking.” Dr. Kuhns was excited to join Smart Smile Dentistry because of its team approach and the opportunity to offer patients the best comprehensive care. “The three of us fit together very well, and we work to prevent problems in the first place,” she says. “But should problems arise, we can help people regain function and aesthetics, so they have back the smile they may have lost.” We welcome you at Smart Smile Dentistry where “Your Smile is Our Speciality.” See you soon.