The Difference: The word people most often use to describe us is “comfortable”. Unlike at high volume corporate dentistry clinics, Dr. Bentele sees each patient at every appointment for a personal touch. He is truly an orthodontic specialist and not a general dentist who dabbles in orthodontics. His name is on the door, he is solely responsible for patient treatment and it is a “signature event” when a patient completes treatment.
Our approach is conservative and patient centered but utilizes the latest technology such as low exposure digital x-rays in a blend of art, experience and science. Approximately 1/3 of our patients are adults interested in the improvement in dental health, confidence and career boost that a great smile can provide. Adult patients particularly appreciate the esthetics of clear, ceramic orthodontic braces or Clear CorrectTM Aligners for a beautiful smile without braces.
Please see Practice Philosophy for more information.
Dr. Bentele was a National Merit Scholar at the University of Missouri (MIZZOU) receiving his DDS from UMKC School of Dentistry and afterwards completing a hospital residency. He earned a Certificate in Orthodontics and MS in a 3-year residency at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry including treating special needs children with cleft lip, palate and other congenital defects at the Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders - Nationwide Children's Hospital. Patients with complex dental or surgical needs benefit from his 11 years of general dentistry experience and history of treating several hundred orthognathic surgery patients. He published research in the American Journal of Orthodontics on assessing orthodontic treatment need.
Dr. Bentele headed a 3-orthodontist practice in England and was on cleft palate and craniofacial deformities teams. As Chief of Orthodontics, US Air Force Academy he was on the dental implant team, the craniofacial deformities board, as well as an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency faculty member and on the Health Education Board to select cadets for healthcare careers. Dr. Bentele retired as a Colonel from the USAF in 2007. His military accomplishments include CENTAF Forward Dental Surgeon, OPERATION Desert Storm; Al Udeid AirBase hospital commander OPERATION Enduring Freedom; and multiple Meritorious Service Medals among other awards. Member: American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Colorado Springs Dental Society, Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists.