By Fabian Sandler
Society dictates that young people should make a decision about what they want to do for the rest of their lives during their teenage years. Some know from an early age what they want to be when they grow up. For most of us, the process takes much longer. Our career tracks are decided upon while in high school, or for those who go on to college, during hopefully our first couple of years.
Adam DiVincenzo developed a sound game plan when he mapped out his career well into his college years. He originally began a pre-med track in college.
“I had a friend whose father was a dentist and he was already predetermined that he was going to be a dentist himself,” he explains. “One of the alumni who went to my college ran a practice residency at one of the nearby hospitals for new dental school graduates getting their specialty training. He would allow per semester one student to come shadow him two days a week. I was undecided at that point, in my junior year of college. I didn’t know if I wanted to go into the medical school route, as my buddy was doing the internship. My friend said, ‘Hey, why don’t you apply for next semester and try it out; it can’t hurt.’ So, I did that. I watched a periodontist for most of the time there and I fell in love with it, so I decided to apply to dental school.”
The promising student signed up for the Health Profession Scholarship Program through the Armed Services. He got accepted. The newly minted dentist graduated from dental school in 2008 and went into the Navy. He was stationed as a Navy dentist at the Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for most of those four years, but did deploy out of Norfolk on the Kearsarge, an LHD, for nine months. An LDH (Landing Helicopter Deck) is an aircraft carrier that handles helicopters and Harrier aircraft. He was responsible for two thousand two hundred Marines, half on board his ship and the other half on board the two other ships in his battle group. The Kearsarge’s crewmembers had their own Navy dentist.
Dr. Adam, who is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, met his wife, Iadara, in North Carolina while she finished her residency as a physician. “My time in the Navy was ending. We looked at each other and asked, ‘Where are we going to go next?’ Iadara had spent some time living in Houston beforehand. I didn’t want to go back north. It’s too cold. Growing up with the Pittsburgh weather and then going to dental school in Boston, that was a nightmare with the weather and six months of winter. So, we migrated to here in 2012.”
Drs. Iadara and Adam got married in 2013. They have one son, Leonardo, who is two years old. They make their home in Kingwood.
“Interesting story about this place,” Dr. Adam explains about his new dental office. “When I was working in my other office, it had flooded during the hurricane. My house here in Kingwood also flooded. We were homeless until we found a rental, I didn’t have a job because the other office was gone. I was actually in line one day at Kroger’s about a week after the hurricane, and my car was parked almost at the end of the Kroger’s parking lot. I was walking toward my car and they were almost finished with this building, and I saw the sign, and I thought this would be a good place to put the office. Now would be a good time to do it. It was actually Hurricane Harvey that some doors close, other doors open,”
The office is indeed in a great location, just south of the Kroger’s in the same parking lot. The dental office opened in June of this year. Dr. Adam has two staff members, Pepper, who is his dental assistant, and Leidy, his receptionist.
Dr. Adam gave much thought to what he wanted to call his dental office before choosing Kingwood Perfect Smiles. “I was hesitant to use the name because I didn’t want to make it sound too franchised, too corporate. I didn’t want to be known as a corporate dentist, because I’m not. It’s my own office; I own it. I’m not going anywhere. If you’re coming in to see me, you’re only going to see me. There isn’t a rotating carousel of different providers every time.” The name fits right in with Dr. Adam’s mantra, “Advancing oral health care one smile at a time.”
“What we’re trying to accomplish here is that we are like a family,” Dr. Adam declares. “We want to treat our patients like a family. When they come in, we want to have a long-lasting relationship, so we follow-up closely with everybody.”
With the office being completely digital – there is no paperwork – a patient comes in and fills out their information on an I-pad. Phone numbers are kept on file, so that patients receive text messages concerning appointment reminders, happy birthday greetings, and emails as a personal touch. “I didn’t want to make the office seem like a typical dental clinic or like a doctor’s office,” Dr. Adam attests. “I wanted to make it a little bit more relaxing. Each treatment room has a TV. We can turn on a movie if you want to watch a movie while you get your teeth cleaned. Netflix is available. We play very relaxing music.”
Dr. Adam believes in minimally invasive dentistry, using non-aggressive techniques. “I don’t like to push dentistry on people. I like to educate them, tell them what’s wrong, tell them solutions and allow them to make their own decision.”
Having a family practice is paramount to Dr. Adam, providing cosmetic and general dentistry to the moms, dads, children and grandparents of the Kingwood area. “We are really big on prevention,” Dr. Adam asserts, “getting folks in every six months; stable, continual treatment.”
Kingwood Perfect Smiles offers a wide spectrum of services, from gum and teeth cleanings; gum therapy; crowns and caps; bridges and implants; teeth whitening and bleaching; fillings; dentures, partials and implants; and root canals. They are a full service, kids to adults, dental office.
Children come in for mainly preventative dentistry, cleanings, cavities and sealants, which seal the grooves of the teeth so that food does not become stuck. “Dentistry for kids isn’t that complex,” Dr. Adam intones. “The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends to bring the child in at six months, when teeth typically start to come in. It used to be at one year [old].”
Dr. Adam smiles at the thought that people don’t always want to admit what the cause of their visit may be. He quips, “It seems that most people that have a problem, like when they break something, is that they always broke a tooth eating soup.”
The good dentist makes sure he and his staff stays up to date on the latest technology. “It’s a brand new office. I’m not new to dentistry; I’ve been doing this for ten years. I’m more up-to-date on the new techniques and technologies out there.”
Testimonials are a good yardstick on how a business is doing. While Kingwood Perfect Smiles is too new a dental office to have many, one from Yelp stands out: “Beautiful office! Dental assistant and Dentist explained everything regarding treatment to where you understand and not leaving confused. Thanks to my referral, my dental health is in great hands!”
Alisha Sokoloski on Google writes, “We are in love with Kingwood Perfect Smiles. Everyone was so sweet and really knows how to handle young children. Mrs. Pepper is wonderful and amazing. She showed and explained everything to my children. Mrs. Pepper Even read my oldest a story. The dentist addressed my concerns. He was so sweet and amazing.”
Tom and Janet C. of Atascocita have both visited with Dr. Adam. “I was impressed with all of their state-of-the-art equipment, the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff and the attention to detail of Dr. Adam,” Tom states. “First time to have a 360 degree x-ray. I had an extraction and really appreciated the follow up call to see how I was doing.”
Janet adds, “I really liked that Dr. Adam did the cleaning and not some assistant and it was completely pain free. They follow up on everything, they don’t just do what you want and then never hear from them again. They treat you like you are their favorite patient. We recommend Kingwood Perfect Smiles to everyone!”
All major insurance is accepted. Financing through Care Credit is available. “We have our own in-office membership club for our patients who don’t have dental insurance. There’s a monthly membership fee. They basically get two cleanings, X-rays, exams for the year are included. They get an emergency exam if they need one. They also get twenty percent off of all treatments.”
Kingwood Perfect Smiles is located at 300 Northpark Drive, Suite 300, in the Kroger parking lot, in Kingwood. Office hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9 AM to 3 PM on Fridays. The phone number is 281-318-6640. A comprehensive website displaying all of the services provided can be accessed at www.kingwoodperfectsmiles.com. A patient can even schedule an appointment through the website. Look for specials, such as one for new patients, on the website. The website contains a Facebook link as well.
Some adults rue the day they chose their profession. They spend a career not enjoying what they do for a living. Dr. Adam is not one of them. He is passionate about dentistry, about the new dental office he and his staff is building, earning the trust of each patient who comes to see him. From the cold climes of Pittsburgh, to serving his band of brothers and sisters as a lieutenant in the Navy, to providing dental services to the residents of Kingwood and surrounding areas, Dr. Adam cannot wait for tomorrow. He is doing what he loves.