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4.9 Stars | 490 Reviews

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Assist to Succeed Dental School

With a reputation for excellence, Smiles for Life is dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired smile transformation through their exceptional teeth whitening services.

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Mission Statement

Our mission at ATS is to prepare the student for a career in dentistry. The student will receive a solid academic background in dentistry as well as a practical, clinical hands-on-training in preparation for entering the dental assisting field.

School History

Dr. Joseph McIntyre, DDS, Dr. Daniel Whiting, DMD, and their dental team have a passion for high quality dental care and exceptional patient care. Over the past 31 years, Dr. McIntyre has trained many dental assistants to perform all the duties and functions allowed in Virginia. This has been a very satisfying experience as most of them have continued in the dental field and some have even gone on to hygiene or dental school- such as our own Dr. Whiting. Our facility is designed to be a teaching facility with a large spacious classroom where our own staff training is done. The doctors realize that the best method of learning is when a student can learn the concept and then practice it. By having the school in a working dental office, the student has the advantage of gaining classroom knowledge, but also practice hands-on experience as they test their skills on each other, observe our staff, and experience internships in other offices. The school is the natural step for Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Whiting to be able to further share their passion for the field of dentistry as they help others skills and proficiency in this field.

Drs. McIntyre and Whiting are dedicated to providing patients with the very best care available.

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Our Personal Promise

We are confident that students will be given every opportunity to fill their minds with principles that will drive them to success when properly applied. It is our personal promise to help students learn the skills they need to succeed in whatever endeavors they choose in life. The courses we teach offer the tools students need to succeed in dental assisting. We also hope to equip students with the desire and drive to use those tools to reach their dreams!

Office Hours

The students will be required to complete 120 contact hours in order to graduate. Classroom instruction will total 40 hours, clinical lab practicing skills will be 40 hours and externships in working dental offices will be 40 hours. The school faculty will be available half an hour before class starts (7:30-8:00am) and half an hour after the end of class (5:00-5:30pm) as well as during the hour long lunch break (12:00-1:00pm) for one- on-one meetings with students. Other times can be available by appointment.

This is an accelerated course. The course is for three months on Saturdays. Class hours are from 8am to12 noon and 1pm to 5pm.

Class Size

In order to provide personalized attention to each student, the class size will be limited to 6 students per clinical instructor.

We are confident that students will be given every opportunity to fill their minds with principles that will drive them to success when properly applied. It is our personal promise to help students learn the skills they need to succeed in whatever endeavors they choose in life.

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Student Honor Code

Assist To Succeed Dental Assisting School operates as an educational institution and believes that it is imperative to health and safety that students understand the procedures, methods, and materials they will use in assisting a professional in the treatment of others. To that end ATS requires a very high level of excellence as outlined above. Students are not only required to perform in order to receive school endorsement but are expected to do so honestly. Students who are caught in any form of dishonest behavior (cheating, stealing from the school, stealing from other students or other affiliates of the school) will be dismissed from ATS as a student. Students suspected of dishonest behavior will be brought before the administration (course directors) at a scheduled time and the case reviewed. It will be the sole discretion of the administrators to determine the course of action, if any, that will be taken based on the solidity and dependability of the evidence presented by the student and the school staff. Individuals damaged will be responsible for legal prosecution of the accused.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in the professional and polite manner reasonably expected of a dental assistant. Interference with other student learning will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion.

Examinations, quizzes and homework assignments are designed for the learning and education of the student. All work is expected to be completed solely by the student unless specifically indicated otherwise by the instructors assigning each learning activity.

Admissions Requirements

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The following entrance requirements are necessary for enrollment in the Dental Assisting Program:

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Meet The Team

Experience dental care backed by expert and compassionate dentists. Trust in the skill and empathy of our dental professionals.

Our Smiles for Life Patients Know

That They Can Rely On Us
Linda Clague
5/5

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.

Mclatt
5/5

On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite
5/5

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris
5/5

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy
5/5

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise
5/5

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper
5/5

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller
5/5

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

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