As Dr. David K. Woods is continuing to learn and grow in his new venture at Salem Smiles in Winston-Salem, he’s also proud to tell us about an expansion within the practice, in the ongoing quest to offer the very best—and most comfortable!—care for patients and their smiles.
It may be a new look around the office, but it’s always with the same commitment to superb orthodontic care that Salem Smiles has been known for through the years!
“The renovation will be in phases,” explains Dr. Woods. “We are updating the paint, wallpaper, and cabinets to make everything brighter, with a cooler mood. And look for some exciting new artwork from local artists coming soon, also!”
He says the clinic space will be expanded further during the fall, to add three more clinical chairs for increased patient access and availability.
“Our staff and patients seem to really like the new looks,” says Dr. Woods. “We took inspiration from designs we had seen at other professional offices or in hotels. While keeping the same structure and bones of the existing space, we wanted to add some new touches to make it feel more intimate and personal than a typically sterile dentist’s office!”
Dr. Woods is also continuing to expand his personal patient philosophy that includes a focus on both prevention and education, while customizing the plan of treatment for every patient. He’s also loving the opportunity to get to know lots of new people within the Salem Smiles family, and generally having fun exploring all around Winston-Salem.
“My new patients have been very welcoming and fun,” he says. “I have really enjoyed getting to know the patients and their parents—plus, they have all been so helpful in sharing the best places to eat and visit around town, when I’m not in the office.”
Getting back into the swing of school and routine, he’s also enjoyed listening to everyone’s summer highlights and personal milestones during the last few months, such as driving lessons, acceptances to college or graduate school, first jobs, and lazy summers around Winston-Salem after a busy school year! On a personal note, Dr. Woods spent much of the summer training on new orthodontic techniques, and continuing education for laser treatment, temporary anchorage devices, and self-lighting brackets to enhance and accelerate the efficiency of orthodontic treatments.
Having officially taken over the Salem Smiles practice in early 2022, Dr. Woods has been practicing as a specialist since 2015, and is board certified in orthodontics, as well as pediatric dentistry. He studied at both the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and the Maryland School of Dentistry, and is a member of The Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Clinic, where he gained experience with patients with craniofacial anomalies like cleft palate.
With state-of-the-art technology, and both conventional braces and clear aligner therapy as options, Salem Smiles cares for a large number of young children and adolescents, plus the practice sees a growing number of adult patients. “We strive to make our office accessible to all ages, as we educate them on the many ways a beautiful smile can help boost your self-confidence, as well as inspire overall proper oral hygiene, and the often-overlooked importance of sound occlusion (the way your teeth fit together).”
Having a strong relationship with patients and their families means making office visits convenient and carefree, so it’s easy to choose Salem Smiles again, when it’s time for another child’s orthodontic journey.
“We feel very blessed by God to provide orthodontic services in this community, and abroad,” says David, who adds that they often play uplifting music to provide a little positive energy in the daily lives of their patients and staff—what a truly bright spot, indeed!
Salem Smiles is conveniently located at 1063 W. Northwest Blvd in Winston-Salem (at the corner of Northwest Boulevard and Reynolda Road), where you can reach them for an appointment or more information on their services at 336-725-5757, or by visiting salemsmilesortho.com. Practice hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and the administrative side of the office is open to patients on Friday from 8:00 a.m. – noon.