Meet Dr. R. Scott Smith

It is an honor and a privilege to be allowed to treat fellow humans. I strive, with each person and every interaction, to act with integrity and compassion, treating the individual as I would a family member.

As an orthodontist, it is intensely gratifying to me to help people feel better about how they see themselves and how others may see them. I can sometimes change a personality — with the patient not realizing it’s happening!

I love what I do. I love transforming people’s lives, personalities, and how they feel about themselves, all by changing smiles. I love the ongoing challenges, intricacies, and biomechanics of tooth movement. I love combining medicine, science, and art to craft a smile that is stable, functional, becoming, and will last.

After almost 40 years of practicing orthodontics, I can honestly say I still love what I do and have no plans of stopping. My grandfather was a dentist. My father was a physician, as were two uncles. Choosing to go into healthcare seemed right to me, and I have never doubted that decision. Now I have a son in dental school!

Our Practice

At Smith Smiles, our patients are part of our family. My team members have worked together for a long time. We offer experience, compassion, ethical care, and a listening ear. Each team member brings their own personality and knowledge to the office, and together we deliver a treatment experience — and results — that have our patients smiling!

We pride ourselves on our finished smiles, our flexible payment arrangements, three convenient locations, and the warm care we offer all of our patients.

Education and Professional Engagement

  • Bachelor of Science – Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

In addition to my private practice, I have been a clinical instructor with the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Department of Orthodontics for more than 35 years, with my specialty being Invisalign® and clear aligner therapy. Teaching the next generations of orthodontists keeps me engaged and excited, and I have access to leading-edge research and evolving techniques, as well.

In addition to teaching, I regularly attend and participate in study clubs, forums, and summits, to stay current on the newest developments in the specialty. I am honored to be a member of the Top 1% Docs of Invisalign in North America.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
  • Massachusetts Association of Orthodontists
  • Massachusetts Dental Society
  • Hartford Dental Society
  • Valley District Dental Society

Giving Back

It is important to me to be involved in my community: I want to leave this world knowing I made a difference. It is a pleasure and an honor to be involved with:

  • Boy Scouts of America (board member)
  • CityStage (board member)
  • Springfield Technical Community College (board member)
  • Bay Path University (advisory board)
  • Springfield Library and Museum Society
  • Society of William Rice
  • Edwin Marrow Society
  • Director of Public Safety for Groton Long Point Association

Beyond the Practice

I grew up in Longmeadow, lived in Springfield from 1952 to 1961, and have been back in Longmeadow since then.

I have two sons and a dog. My oldest son, Scotty, is a world traveler and in the process of starting a business in Hong Kong. My youngest son, Spencer, is currently attending the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Our spoiled and much-loved dog is Cookie, a labradoodle.

When I’m not working, I can usually be found outside. I love anything to do with the water: sailing, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, surfing, and waterskiing. I also play golf and tennis and, in the winters, paddle tennis. During warmer months I usually bike 18 to 40 miles before breakfast! I also enjoy cooking, grilling, and entertaining at home.

In addition, I volunteer my time with various community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America (I’m an Eagle Scout). I also currently serve as the Director of Public Safety in Groton, where I oversee the police and fire department.

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