Growing up, Dr. Steve Garrett never thought about becoming a dentist. He studied engineering in college and spent a decade working in corporate America. But something was missing. He decided to make a life change so he could commit his days to making the day better for others. He decided to become a dentist. And now, he’s a dentist with his own modern dental office, Carolina Bright Smiles.
Dr. Garrett is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA thus making him sort of a “Tar Hoo” or a “Wa Heel” when it comes to cheering for his teams. But if it came down to an ACC or NCAA championship match between Virginia and UNC, Dr. Garrett would be wearing Carolina Blue.
Dr. Garrett was born in Oklahoma but grew up in St Louis before leaving home for college. After graduation and while working in corporate America as a computer consultant, he lived and worked in most major cities in this country, which has given him a great appreciation for how wonderful and diverse this amazing country is. It has also heightened his appreciation for how good we have it here in North Carolina, his home for over 15 years.Dr. Garrett on the most rewarding part of dentistry
Since graduation, Dr. Garrett has taken hundreds of hours of dental continuing education, further enhancing his knowledge and skill set so that he can bring his patients the best and most comfortable clinical care possible. He is a conservative minded dentist who believes in pragmatic solutions to people’s problems, and the focus of his practice is to treat people how “we would like to be treated.”
Dr. Garrett and his team are committed to staying abreast of the latest advances in dentistry so that they can make treatment better, faster, more comfortable, and with long lasting results. Having an engineering background and mindset has helped Dr. Garrett to carefully and strategically plan his patients’ restorations so that they will not only look beautiful but will also function well and be very durable.
Dr. Garrett and his team use CEREC technology in the office to create crowns for patients in a single visit. He enjoys showing patients how we scan their mouth with a tiny camera, then design their restoration on the chair side computer. With this technology, gone are the days of goopy impressions and temporary crowns that often fall off while the patient is waiting for the permanent crown to come from the lab.
Dr. Garrett and his team are also highly trained in the use of their 3D radiographic CBCT technology, which provides extremely accurate scans for the planning of implant placement. Dr. Garrett uses the CBCT images to design surgical guides for all implant cases. These guides make implant placement fast, efficient, and very safe as the whole surgery is planned out in advance using scans of the patient’s own anatomy.
Dr. Garrett’s favorite thing about dentistry is being able to give people a new smile. He finds no greater reward than to hand someone a mirror and see them become emotional while viewing their transformation. This is especially true for people who have been suffering with poor dental health. The new look often causes their personality, which had been suppressed out of embarrassment, to come shining through. In this way, changing a smile really does change a life, and it is the most rewarding aspect of Dr. Garrett’s work with his patients.
Dr. Garrett is married with four children. His wife is also a dentist (a prosthodontist) and so there is a good chance that at least one of their kids will follow suit in the profession. When Dr. Garrett is not busy making smiles brighter, he enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, camping, and eating lots of Mexican food and sushi (not usually together) as well as spending time with his family.