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Orthodontist Dr. Randall Shults Enjoys Making Smiles Beautiful

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Story by M. Dennis Taylor • Photo by Abner Pedraza

Orthodontist Dr. Randall Shults recalls that seeing a teacher’s wonderful smile in elementary school was when he first became interested in dentistry. “My second-grade teacher had the warmest, most beautiful smile I had ever seen. I appreciated at a very young age that your smile, and how you choose to use it, is your introduction to others the first time you meet and every social interaction thereafter,” explained Shults, who has practiced in Wellington for 25 years. After growing up in Littleton, Colo., a small suburb of Denver, Shults picked Wellington to establish his practice and raise his family. “I moved my family to Wellington in the spring of 1993 for the small-town atmosphere, great local schools and to start my orthodontic practice,” he said. Shults became focused on orthodontic procedures relatively early in his dental school career. “While attending dental school, the chair of the orthodontic department selected two dental students to treat orthodontic patients,” Shults remembered. “I saw the response to well-done orthodontic correction dramatically enhance my patients’ appearance, confidence, self-esteem, and improve their oral health and general physical wellbeing. The deal was sealed for me. I knew as a third-year dental student what I wanted to do with my professional career.” Shults is married to Rose Carbone and they have three children. He enjoys biking, paddle boarding, yoga and TRX training at Ultima Fitness. He is a past president of the Palm Beach County Dental Association, a past peer review chair of the same organization and has been the orthodontic section chair of

the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Center since 2010. A passion to provide excellent treatment is what Shults feels sets his practice apart from other offices and is a reason that clients choose him. “Evidence-based treatment is choosing the most appropriate orthodontic treatment based on the best science available today,” he explained. “In other words, doing the right things for the right reasons. We help make the difficult decisions and then take care of clients with compassion and kindness. I live in Wellington and my commitment and lifetime passion is to provide clients and their families with excellent orthodontic care.” He treats patients of all age groups. “We are here to serve the entire family from seven to 70,” Shults said. “We welcome patients with ‘routine’ orthodontic needs or with more complex concerns, which may require orthopedic jaw growth modification or team treatment involving jaw surgery and restoration of missing or broken teeth.” It all adds up to more confident and attractive smiles. Shults added that easier access for better dental hygiene is a goal for him, as it is associated with improved oral health and overall health and well-being. “I use Damon Braces because the self-ligation feature eliminates the older elastic or steel ties, making them much easier to keep clean, more comfortable to wear and faster to adjust, which means less time spent in my office and more time to do whatever it is a patient really wants to do,” he said.

He uses other orthodontic methods as well. “I often recommend Invisalign as an esthetic alternative to braces. Both systems, Invisalign or Damon Braces, have their unique advantages and disadvantages,” Shults said. “We will be happy to help select the treatment which is best for an individual patient.” Shults is also proud that his office is one of a select few to participate in the evaluation of a new type of braces. “We currently are one of five orthodontic offices in the United States that has been asked to participate in clinical testing and evaluation of 3M’s new clear, self-ligating orthodontic braces,” he said. Shults is proud to have grown his practice in Wellington. “We love Wellington as a family-friendly community and the safe academic, sports and social programs available to help our children grow, develop and excel as productive young adults,” he said. The offices of Shults Orthodontics are located in Wellington at 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 101. For more info., call (561) 7939888 or visit www.shultsorthodontics.com. wellington the magazine | january 2019

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