Smile Doctors announced it expanded in 2023 with 28 new affiliations spanning 72 locations.

Smile Doctors announced that 2023 was a year of growth for the orthodontics-focused dental support organization (OSO).

The company says its focus on offering affiliations more partnership opportunities, including introducing a joint-venture model, helped drive entries into 2 new states, adding 28 affiliations and 72 total locations across its network in 2023. Additionally, Smile Doctors opened 4 de novo locations in 2023 and has 6 currently in development for 2024.

“I’m incredibly proud of the growth Smile Doctors achieved in 2023, from the scale of our network to the momentum of our organizational initiatives—providing our partner doctors with greater support as they focus on exceptional patient experiences and outcomes,” said J. Hedrick, chief executive officer of Smile Doctors. “Every year, we welcome more and more of the industry’s leading doctors and practices to the organization. They bring with them their ideas, insights, expertise, a drive for innovation, and a commitment to a patient-first culture. Every year, we are a better organization because of it. This shared resource is unparalleled in our industry, and it gives me great confidence in our continued success.”

At the close of Q4, Smile Doctors welcomed 7 new affiliations and 17 new locations to its network, including entry into North Dakota. Those affiliations are Daniel S. Martin Orthodontics (Ind), Murphy Orthodontics (La), O’Leary Orthodontics (SC), Fryar Orthodontics (Ind), Virginia Orthodontic Partners (Va), Breha Orthodontics (Ohio) and DK Orthodontics (ND).

“I have always believed that ‘we are better together’ and have been intrigued by the OSO model over the last few years as the landscape within our profession changes,” said Daniel Keith, DDS, MS, founder of DK Orthodontics. “The opportunity to be a part of the Smile Doctors community, the gold standard in orthodontic partnerships, was one that we jumped at, as we knew it would allow for the best path forward for our team, our patients, and the future of our orthodontic practice.”

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