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Smile Center Dental in Texas Joins Western Dental and Brident

March 16, 2021 GMT

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 16, 2021--

Brident Dental & Orthodontics, an affiliate of Western Dental, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare and the leading orthodontics provider in the country, announced today Smile Center Dental and its seven offices in Texas are the latest practices to join the Western Dental/Brident family.

Six of the Smile Center offices are located in the greater Austin area; a seventh is located in Beaumont. This affiliation brings Brident’s total number of offices in Texas to 75. Altogether, the Western Dental/Brident family of practices has 330 offices.


“These high-quality practices enhance our ability to serve the growing Austin and Beaumont communities,” said Yein Kim, DMD, President of Brident Dental Associates. “We are pleased to welcome the patients and staff of Smile Center Dental to our Dental Home.”

“Smile Center Dental is a great addition to our growing presence in Texas,” said Jennifer Mallon, Vice President-Business Development at Western Dental. “As we continue to expand our footprint, practice owners and group dental practices interested in affiliation opportunities are welcome to contact us at businessdevelopment@westerndental.com.”

Smile Center Dental was founded more than 20 years ago by Dr. Michael S. and Sabrina Istre. Together, they grew the dental group to include general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.

“Sabrina and I are excited for our practices to become part of the Western Dental/Brident family,” said Dr. Istre. “Our shared approach to offering families from all walks of life convenient access to comprehensive services makes Western Dental/Brident the ideal affiliation partner.”

Thomas Allen of Practice Transitions Group acted as exclusive advisor to Smile Center Dental in the transition.

In addition to accepting uninsured and privately insured patients, Brident Dental welcomes patients covered by Medicaid and CHIP at these new locations and all of its Texas offices.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.brident.com.



Brident Dental & Orthodontics, with 75 offices throughout Texas (including South Texas Dental and Smile Center Dental), is an affiliate of Western Dental, one of the nation’s largest dental providers and the leader in accessible, affordable oral healthcare, serving approximately 3 million patient visits annually in 330 affiliated offices throughout California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Alabama. In addition to general dentistry, Brident offers pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics and endodontics in its offices, creating a convenient full service “Dental Home.” All of Brident’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that electronically monitors all patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. For more information, please visit www.brident.com.

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