About Dr Bentele

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Dr. Bentele was a National Merit Scholar at the University of Missouri (MIZZOU) majoring in Biology and received his DDS from the UMKC School of Dentistry. He subsequently graduated from a hospital based residency gaining additional expertise in all dental specialty areas but particularly in oral surgery, anesthesia and periodontics. He practiced a full spectrum of dentistry with an emphasis on oral surgery & IV sedation in the Air Force for 10 years. Dr. Bentele continued his education at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry receiving his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science. His residency included participation in Ohio State’s Dentofacial Deformities surgical program and training at Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Complex Craniofacial Disorders treating children with cleft lip/palate and other congenital defects. He published research in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics on assessing orthodontic treatment need. His aligner treatment has been featured in Dental Tribune.

At RAF Lakenheath in England he was the head of a 3-orthodontist practice and a member of cleft palate and craniofacial deformities teams for orthognathic surgery. He was the Chief of Orthodontics at the US Air Force Academy where he was a member of a dental implant team, the craniofacial deformities board and a faculty member for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program. Dr. Bentele also served on the Health Education Board to advise and select cadets for careers in the health professions. cleft lip & palate teamDr. Bentele retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 2007. His military accomplishments include deploying as CENTAF Forward Dental Surgeon, OPERATION Desert Storm and as hospital commander for Al Udeid AirBase during OPERATION Enduring Freedom. He continues his association with the military and special interest in orthognathic surgery by continuing to treat patients with the Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery department at Evans Army Community Hospital at Ft. Carson. He is a member of the Colorado Springs Dental Society, Colorado Dental Association, American Dental Association, Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Dr. Bentele is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is on staff at Children’s Hospital Colorado Cleft Lip & Palate Team, which also includes a plastic surgeon, oral- maxillofacial surgeons, pediatrician, pediatric otolaryngologist, speech therapist, audiologist, social worker and occupational therapist. Dr. Bentele is a faculty member of the CU School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology.

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What our patients say...

We went to an evaluation at an orthodontist before this one and the price seemed kind of high so then I came to an evaluation here & not only was the price lower but immediately we felt very comfortable and loved the atmosphere of the office. The staff is wonderful, always on time & Dr. Bentele is a great Dr. - very knowledgeable, friendly & with excellent communication. I would recommend this practice to everyone!

We highly recommend Dr. Bentele and his practice. He is honest, friendly, skilled & timely - you name it. He and his staff are wonderful! Angela at the front desk is especially kind and helpful. Best of all - Dr. Bentele creates a wonderful outcome of beautiful teeth. I've experienced two other orthodontists with other children and Dr. Bentele definitely outshines all - in every way - even in cost! I can't speak highly enough about Bentele Orthodontics!

This office is extremely thorough in explaining all aspects of orthodontics from finances to procedures. I'm very confident in this office.

Dr. Bentele makes the patient feel comfortable with his skill and calm confidence. He's honest about the treatment needed and tries to keep the patient informed of the treatment.

Dr. Bentele is our orthodontist for our two children. He provided clear treatment plans with a practical approach. Dr. Bentele does all of the banding and bonding himself and the office appointments are appropriately scheduled. Our children get in and out quickly and the office is never overscheduled, resulting in short waits and unhurried treatment. We're very satisfied and would recommend our friends to see Dr. Bentele!

Dr. Bentele and all staff have been very professional and the cost was reasonable. The approach of not having braces on longer than necessary is one area where I have seen other children suffer (children who went to other orthodontists). The way Dr. Bentele explains what he is doing and why has been good for my daughter to learn the importance of her treatment. I appreciate Dr. Bentele's patience with us as we experienced a difficult financial time during the beginning of our process.