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. We work hard to provide a culture that is connected, supportive, and fulfilling for the entire Smile team. 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

Treatment Coordinator

If you love helping people and like to be challenged and appreciated, this is your opportunity. Smile Grand Haven and Smile North Muskegon are hiring Treatment Coordinators to join their team. Full-time plus benefits. Dental experience not required. We will train the right team player.

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

Surgical Dental Assistant

Smile is affiliated with Daydreams Pediatric Center, West Michigan’s premier resource for pediatric dental care under general anesthesia. Daydreams is currently looking to hire an experienced Surgical Dental Assistant. Full-time plus benefits.

Click here to apply.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Smile is currently hiring Dental Hygienists at all of our West Michigan locations (Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, North Muskegon, and Holland). Be appreciated for your knowledge and education. Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology implemented for efficiency. Full or part-time plus benefits.

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

Pediatric Dental Hygienist

Love working with kids? Smile Grand Haven and Smile North Muskegon are currently hiring Pediatric Hygienists to join the Little Smiles team. Be appreciated for your knowledge and education. Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology implemented for efficiency. Full or part-time plus benefits.

Click here to apply.

Orthodontic Assistant

Smile Grand Haven is looking to add an Orthodontic Assistant to our growing team. Minimum 1-year in-office experience preferred. 3-5 days per week.

Click here to apply.





Smile Hygienists

Now Hiring: Adult & Pediatric Hygienists

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Smile Dental Partners is looking for experienced Dental Hygienists who seek a career opportunity that is fulfilling, supportive, and fun. Hygiene opportunities available for adult patients, pediatric patients, or both. Smile is West Michigan’s only multi-specialty dental practice, combining general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and orthodontics under one roof.

Plus, Smile is one of the safest healthcare environments in Michigan and was the first dental practice in the U.S. to install UV-C pathogen control technology at all four West Michigan practices. This breakthrough technology by UV Angel uses ultraviolet light 24/7/365 to remove pathogens from the air (including COVID-19).

Join the Smile team and enjoy these benefits…

  • $5,000 sign-on bonus
  • 401k plan
  • Student loan repayment plan
  • All new equipment and technology
  • One of the safest dental practices in the U.S. (click here to learn more)
  • Standard of care, systems, and case acceptance methodology used
  • No weekends or evenings
  • Paid time off
  • Health work/life balance

Adult Hygiene Positions:

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

Pediatric Hygiene Positions:

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

Child Braces

How do I know if my child needs braces?

By | Featured, For Kids, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

While there are some indicators of whether braces will be necessary for a child, there are no definite signs. Early or late loss of baby teeth, biting of the cheek, or an irregular bite may all be signs that braces are in order. However, all children develop at a different rate and have their own unique teeth. Much like fingerprints, no two mouths and sets of teeth are the same.

As with most health and dental matters, early intervention is best. It is good to have your child’s teeth looked at as early as 1 year old. What is often described as a “chair ride” is also an opportunity for a dentist to catch any early issues which may result in orthodontic care. Many issues can be addressed through early minor treatments rather than braces.

The need for braces is typically identified between the ages of eight and fourteen and can result from genetic traits, injury or even from thumb sucking as teeth were developing.

Regular dental visits will help determine if your child’s teeth are growing in as they should or if treatment of some type is necessary. Visiting the dentist every six months is especially important if you suspect that your child may need orthodontic work.

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

By | Featured, Orthodontics

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.


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

By | Featured, Grand Haven Blog Article, News & Announcements

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.