Meet Dr. Scott Drake

On Being an Orthodontist

It is absolutely true that if you find something to do in life that you truly enjoy doing, it doesn’t seem like work. That’s what orthodontics is for me. My profession allows me to make a meaningful, lasting difference in the lives of my patients. Having great oral health and a beautiful smile is important to all of us, and orthodontics means I can create both for wonderful people.

Caring for each of my patients and getting to know them on an individual level is rewarding. I enjoy their enthusiasm and learning about their lives and interests. What is most fulfilling, though, is watching their self-confidence and self-esteem transform, as we create their new smile.

I wore braces when I was in high school. I found the process to be fascinating, watching the changes happening to my teeth and appearance, and knew I wanted to become an orthodontist. Looking back on my more than 30 years of practicing, I have no doubt I made the right decision.

My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Michigan
  • Master of Science in Orthodontics, University of Michigan

During my years of practicing orthodontics, I have witnessed many changes in the profession. With the technological innovations and treatment options, we are now able to provide our patients with stronger results in a shorter length of time, and more comfortably, too. By staying at the leading edge of these changes, I am able to ensure my patients receive the most modern, proven care. To do anything less is unacceptable.

Through my membership in the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists, I have access to a wide array of continuing education offerings. I regularly attend meetings and seminars, and stay up-to-date on the relevant research and publications. I am also President of the Cascade Orthodontic Study Club. With this organization, a variety of oral healthcare professionals gather to discuss complex cases, as well as review the latest developments in orthodontics and dentistry.

Personal Life

My wife and I have been married for more than 30 years and have two adult children. I enjoy working with my hands, and am often found woodworking, pursuing nature photography, and working in the garden. I also enjoy jogging and running; I’ve completed two half marathons and two full marathons!

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