Smile Orthodontics featured on WZZM

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WZZM 13 Interview | 02-13-21

Imagine if your dentist and orthodontist worked together at the same practice. WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Berhendt spoke with Dr. Felipe Porto from Smile Orthodontics to discuss braces for adults and kids—and how Smile’s unique, multi-specialty approach to dentistry creates a better experience for the patient.


Importance of Orthodontics

The importance of orthodontics

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Before you dismiss your dentist’s recommendation to see an orthodontist, take a moment to consider the benefits. Today’s orthodontic services are widely used for children, teens, and adults alike, and can have important health benefits beyond a confident smile.

Here are just a few reasons why orthodontics are important.

It’s for everyone.

Braces used to be a right of passage for the American teenager. But today, there’s no age limit when it comes to orthodontics. Contrary to what many adults think, it’s not just for kids. And with the introduction of invisible aligners, more and more adults are choosing to invest in a more confident, healthy smile. Orthodontic treatment is important for kids as they grow, but it has oral health benefits that are equally important for many adults too. The bottom line: it’s never too late.

It impacts oral health.

Misaligned teeth can have a long-term impact on oral health. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and can lead to tooth decay and even jaw problems. Since you’ll need your adult teeth for the rest of your life, it’s important to take good care of them. That includes correcting issues that can improve your smile for years to come. An orthodontist can help you maintain strong and healthy teeth.

It builds confidence.

Many people are self-conscious about crooked teeth and bite alignment. Over time those feelings can erode their confidence and cause them to withdraw from some of life’s opportunities. Orthodontics is able to solve dental issues and provide a bright and healthy smile that can boost confidence and improve your self esteem.

Imagine the smile you’ve always wanted. Orthodontics can improve oral health and give you the confidence of a beautiful smile. 

And those benefits will last a lifetime.


Smile-Now Hiring

Join the Smile team!

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You’ve heard it said that an organization is only as good as its people. That’s exactly how we feel at Smile Dental Partners. Smile is a locally owned, multi-specialty dental practice with 4 West Michigan locations. Below is a list of available positions with a link for each to apply online. If you have any general questions about employment opportunities at Smile, please contact us at

Registered Dental Hygienist

Smile Grand Haven and Smile North Muskegon are currently hiring Dental Hygienists. Be appreciated for your knowledge and education. Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology implemented for efficiency. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here to apply at Smile Grand Haven.
Click here to apply at Smile North Muskegon.

Orthodontic Assistant

Smile Grand Haven and Smile North Muskegon are currently looking to add an Orthodontic Assistant to our growing Smile Orthodontics team. A minimum of 1-year, in-office experience is preferred. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Patient Coordinator

Smile Cascade is currently hiring a Patient Coordinator. If you love helping people, this is your opportunity. No dental experience required. We will train the right team player. Excellent communication and service skills a must. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here to apply at Smile Cascade.

Treatment Coordinator

Smile North Muskegon is currently hiring a Treatment Coordinator. If you love helping people, this is your opportunity. No dental experience required. We will train the right team player. Excellent communication and service skills a must. Full-time plus benefits

Click here to apply at Smile North Muskegon.






Welcome Dr. Felipe Porto

Smile Orthodontics welcomes Dr. Felipe Porto

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Smile Dental Partners is excited to welcome Felipe Porto, DDS, MS, MSD to the Smile Orthodontics team. Dr. Porto received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Pernambuco in Brazil and his Certificate in Orthodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also received a Certificate in Orofacial Pain from the University of Kentucky. 

The Smile Orthodontics team is excited to have Dr. Porto join our team of multi-specialty doctors, where he will be caring for the orthodontic needs of both our adult and pediatric patients at all Smile practices.

Dr. Porto is Board Certified in Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain.


Is it safe to visit the dentist?

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WZZM 13 Interview | 11-06-20

Is it safe to visit the dentist? What about kids? Many people are concerned about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases throughout West Michigan. WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Berhendt spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle of Smile Dental Partners about safety and dental visits during the pandemic. 

Clean Air at Smile

Before we clean your teeth, we clean the air you breathe.

By | Featured, Health & Wellness

Experts continue to recommend basic safety protocols to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. These familiar safety measures have now become part of our daily routines—social distancing, face masks, hand washing, and temperature screening.

In spite of these precautions, the CDC recommends that “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.”

That’s why we’ve invested in revolutionary technology that actually removes COVID-19 and other viruses from the air inside our dental practices.

UV-C pathogen control technology by UV Angel is different from a typical air filtration system. Using ultraviolet light—which kills fungi, bacteria, and viruses—we are able to neutralize 99.99% of pathogens from the air to provide you and your family with a safe, pathogen free environment.

Smile Dental Partners has installed UV Air technology at all four of our West Michigan locations—Smile Cascade, Smile Grand Haven, Smile North Muskegon, and Smile South Holland. Inside each practice, we’ve placed UV Air units in our entrance, waiting room, offices, and in the ceiling above every single dental chair. Our UV-C technology works 24/7 to remove harmful pathogens from the air and continuously circulate clean air into our facility. When you sit in one of our dental chairs and remove your face mask for dental treatment, you can rest assured that the air you are breathing is clean and safe.

Of course, we also carefully follow all the recommended health and safety guidelines everyone else is using. We use face masks, disinfect surfaces, and sterilize equipment. But Smile continues to be the only West Michigan dentist to also provide clean, pathogen-free air for our patients to breathe.

If you are nervous about scheduling a dental exam during the coronavirus pandemic, we hope Smile’s exclusive UV-C technology will alleviate those fears. If you are in need of dental care, please do not avoid or postpone treatment. We can provide a safe environment for your family’s dental needs.


Little Smiles featured on WZZM 13

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WZZM 13 reporter Catherine Behrendt recently spoke with Dr. Darren Riopelle about Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. As Little Smiles prepares to add a fourth West Michigan location in Holland, Dr. Riopelle explained how the idea for Little Smiles was born and what makes it such a popular destination for children. Little Smiles can be found inside every Smile practice, providing a one-of-a-kind dental experience designed just for kids.

Dr Jake Streng

Smile welcomes Dr. Jake Streng

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Smile Grand Haven is excited to welcome Jake Streng, DDS. Dr. Streng is a Grand Haven native who earned his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Dr. Streng joins the Smile Grand Haven team with 4 years of experience in general dentistry. We look forward to adding his expertise to the Smile team as he cares for our adult and teen patients.

Welcome to the Smile family!



What you need to know about Dental Insurance

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At Smile Dental Partners, our Treatment Coordinators specialize in helping you reach your goals by estimating any investment you may have in your treatment.  We reduce surprises in your portion of payment by using the most comprehensive dental insurance software available to keep your insurance information up to date and creating financial treatment plans.

Insurance has become more complicated in recent years, and dental insurance is no exception.  There are thousands of different dental plans, and each policy has distinct benefits and rules of coverage that are determined by both the insurance company and your employer.

Policies can change your benefits and rules of coverage at any time.  Insurance companies do not notify dental offices of your changes.  While we attempt to update our information about your policies on an annual basis, we may only become aware of changes upon filing a claim on your behalf or if you tell us of any changes to your coverage.

By understanding your own insurance, we can work as a team with you to provide the most accurate financial estimates.  Below is some insurance “lingo” that may help you understand your coverage:

Participating vs. Accepting

This confuses most people.  If you call a dental office and ask is they “accept” your insurance, you are actually asking if they will bill your insurance company for you.  And the answer is almost always yes.  What you probably really want to know is if the dental office “participates” with your insurance?  This means that you will receive a discount for services covered by your plan, or the dentist office will “write off” a portion of the fee when applicable. Click here for a list of participating insurance companies at Smile.

Covered Services

At what percentage are your cleanings, exams, fluorides, x-rays covered?  How often will the insurance pay for these services? Are there waiting periods before they will pay for your treatment?


This is an annual amount you are responsible for before insurance coverage begins.


The percent split between insurance payment and your responsibility.


Some insurance requires permission for a procedure prior to receiving the service.  If these services are provided without pre-determination, the payment for services may be denied.  Pre-determination does NOT guarantee payment of your claim.

Benefit Limit

An annual (or lifetime) limit that an insurance company will pay for your care.

Primary Insurance

If you have more than one insurance policy covering you, the primary insurance is required to consider the claim for payment first.  For children whose parents both have insurance contracts, the primary insurance is determined by the month of each parent’s birthday (typically).

Secondary Insurance

A second insurance contract.  The secondary insurance contract may or may not cover costs that the primary insurance contract does not pay.


Smile-Now Hiring

Smile is currently hiring for all positions

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Smile Dental Partners is West Michigan’s only multi-specialty practice. Our team of in-house specialists provide comprehensive dental care for adults, teens, and children at each of our four West Michigan locations (Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, North Muskegon, and South Holland).

We are actively looking to grow our team and welcome applications for the following positions:

DOCTORS  (please send resume to

  • General Dentists
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Endodontists
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Orthodontists

CLINICAL TEAM  (please send resume to

  • Registered Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Orthodontic Assistants


We invite you to join the Smile team!