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Smile Brands Overview

Irvine, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Smile Brands Inc. is one of the largest dental service organizations in the United States. We provide comprehensive business support services to our affiliated dental groups throughout the nation, so dentists can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on the ... Read more

Mission: Whether you call it our vision or mission, Smile Brands Inc. was built on a simple concept: Smiles for Everyone®.

It is this principle that helps ensure your business is providing the best service, not only to your patients, but also to your team ... Read more

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#43)

Company Updates

  • We're proud to be named a Glassdoor Best Place to Work! Thank you to our employees and affiliated providers for making us a #BPTW.

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  • Thank you to all of our employees and affiliated providers for spreading #SmilesForEveryone and being a part of our Best in Biz 2017 Silver Awards for Large Company of the Year and Most Customer Friendly Large Company!

    Smile Brands Wins Multiple Awards in Best in Biz 2017

    It has been incredibly gratifying to see the organization come together to rebuild core competencies, expand our service offering and deliver on our Smiles for Everyone® mission over the past year Smile Brands Inc., a leading Dental Support Organization (DSO) with nearly 400 affiliated dental practices in 15 states has been named Silver winner for both Large Company of the Year and Most Customer Friendly Large Company of the year in the 2017 Best in Biz Awards.

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Smile Brands – Why Work For Us?

Smile Brands Group Inc. is the largest provider of support services to general and multi-specialty dental groups in the United States based on number of dental offices.  We provide comprehensive business support services, non-clinical personnel, facilities and equipment through our exclusive long term agreements with affiliated dental groups.  Our services support more than 1,300 dentists and hygienists practicing in nearly 350 offices nationally.

Our Business Model

Our consumer-driven retail model is guided by the principle: “Smiles for Everyone”.  This model attracts patients to affiliated dental groups by combining strong, recognizable brands, highly visible retail locations and extended office hours with affordable and comprehensive dental care.  Utilizing our model, dentists spend more time caring for their patients and less time on the administrative, marketing and financial aspects of the dental practice, while benefiting from a lower cost structure.  The lower cost structure provides affiliated dental groups greater flexibility to price their dental services competitively within their local market.  The affiliated dentists and hygienists offer comprehensive, convenient and high quality dental, hygiene and specialty services such as orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics and pediatrics. 

Affiliated Dental Groups

Affiliated dental groups operate primarily under one of three brand names, Bright Now! Dental, Castle Dental or Monarch Dental and offices are typically located in highly visible retail centers in some of the largest and fastest growing markets in the U.S.

Affiliated dental groups are operated by legal entities organized under state laws as professional corporations or PCs.  Each PC controls a single dental group which employs or contracts with dentists, specialists and hygienists to provide dental services in multiple offices.  Each PC is wholly owned by one or more licensed dentists. 

Smile Brands Group Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 2005 for the purpose of acquiring Smile Brands Inc. (formerly Bright Now! Dental, Inc.) and its subsidiaries.  Smile Brands Inc. was founded in 1998 through the acquisition of three West Coast support services organizations and grew through the acquisitions of Monarch Dental in February 2003 and Castle Dental in June 2004. 

ConsumerHealth, Inc. (dba Newport Dental) is our wholly owned subsidiary that operates as a staff-model dental health service plan licensed by the state of California under the provisions of the California Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975.  ConsumerHealth is considered a “mixed model” plan that provides dental services to its enrollees through its individual, group, and Medicaid product lines and through agreements to service group enrollees of other dental plans.  ConsumerHealth owns and operates 14 staff-model dental facilities in California, offering a wide range of general and specialty dental services.  In addition, ConsumerHealth employs or contracts directly with each of the dentists, specialists, and hygienists that work at ConsumerHealth facilities. 

Smile Brands Group's primary equity sponsor is Gryphon Investors, a leading private equity investment firm focused on investing in physician-centric healthcare businesses. Gryphon's strategy is to partner with outstanding management teams and build value for its investors through a combination of operational improvements, internal growth initiatives, and strategic acquisitions.

Smile Brands Mission

Our Mission is simple - to provide Smiles for Everyone®!

Living our Mission 

We believe that everything we do should embody our mission of Smiles for Everyone®!  These three words embody this organization’s reason for existing:

Make sure each individual and group with whom we interact has a reason to smile. Ensure that each person we touch believes they were treated fairly and benefited from their encounter with the employees of Smile Brands and its affiliated dental groups.

The most important tool we use to help employees and affiliates create Smiles for Everyone is our G3® Service Platform: Greeting, Guiding and Gratitude. This means:

  • We greet everyone we encounter with a warm, sincere smile – whether that encounter is in person, on the phone or by email.
  • We listen attentively to each person’s request, ask questions, and then guide them through the next steps.
  • Finally, we thank them for entrusting us with their care and service, showing our appreciation for their confidence, patience and understanding.

We also believe that giving people a reason to smile is a great gift – for them and for us! Each day, we have the opportunity change people’s lives and honoring that gift is why we try to take a few moments daily to Celebrate. Everyday. Miracles.

 At Smile Brands Inc., culture simply isn’t a nice idea or clever catch-phrase. It’s our mission. Our mindset. It’s who we are. And it is built on our mission to deliver Smiles for Everyone®. When you become affiliated with Smile Brands Inc., you will receive service from a dental support organization (DSO) that inspires a positive, forward-looking culture unsurpassed in the industry.   

Working in dental practices, you have the unique privilege of improving oral health, solving dental challenges and improving smiles daily. But our philosophy goes deeper. It reflects how an entire team can make people smile through their friendly interactions, compassion, concern and commitment to fairness and integrity.   

At Smile Brands, we not only embrace the mission, we celebrate each team’s success. And that collective success nurtures a culture that attracts the best of the best.   

Find your career at Smile Brands

We're always looking for the best and brightest dentists, office staff and corporate associates who share our passion, integrity and dedication to providing quality, compassionate patient care. Join us today!

Dentists and Clinical Staff

Smile Brands provides you with business support services, including administrative support, information technology, capital resources (for investment in physical plant, technology, staff, etc.), marketing expertise and support for contracting with payors, unions and employers.

Business Support

The business support staff in each location is key to our success. We hire talented, caring teams to do what they’re best at — managing the operational and business aspects of the practice. The end result? A stable, flexible workplace where each person grows and excels. With over 325 affiliated offices in 18 states, Smile Brands offers unlimited potential for your career.


We offer employees and affiliated dentists a full range of benefits, including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Care Program
  • Vision Care
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Optional Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Plans
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Time-Off Benefits
  • Malpractice Insurance Coverage for Dentists (Oral Surgery excluded)

Smiles for Everyone Foundation

Is a not-for-profit foundation that began in 2004 with a vision to improve the lives of people in the communities served by Smile Brands affiliated offices, as well as to aid victims of natural disasters. Through the generosity of employees, affiliated dental professionals, and company matching funds, the Smiles for Everyone Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid the victims of the Haiti Earthquake, Asian tsunami disaster and Hurricane Katrina.

But the financial support reaches beyond such large scale and notable causes; it also touches individuals in the local communities. In 2005, the American Red Cross recognized the Smiles for Everyone Foundation for its far-reaching humanitarian efforts, bestowing upon the Foundation the prestigious Circle of Humanitarians Award.

Mission Trip to Paraguay

Bright Now! Dental Commits to Bringing Smiles to the World. A team of doctors from Bright Now Dental’s parent company, Smile Brands Inc., recently returned from a mission trip to Asunción, Paraguay in December, 2011. Led by former President & CEO Steve Bilt, the executives and dentists spent 8 days visiting orphanages and nutrition centers, bringing critical dental care to residents who otherwise have no access to basic health services.

Nicknamed SEAL Team One (Service Expedition Accelerating Leaders), the group performed over one thousand extractions and restorations, ultimately helping over 300 Paraguayan children in desperate need of care. Smile Brands Inc. and the Smiles for Everyone Foundation are planning two additional mission trips in 2012, to be announced in the coming months.

We invite you to view the video below to get a sense of the life-changing experience of the Paraguay mission.

Smile Brands Reviews

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    "Amazing place to work and grow!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA
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    This company is amazing. They really believe in making the patients happy and providing a positive, engaging work environment. The benefits here are pretty good and they are very flexible with your work schedule, full time and part time. Managers always help you learn new things and bring out the best in you. This is a place where team work really matters. We also have work events (potlucks, holiday events, etc.) to help encourage team-building. I go home happy every evening and wake up every morning excited for the new days to come.


    We could use more variety in our medical benefit choices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work by letting your employees grow and learn new things. Always remember to listen to what they have to say and encourage a team-effort type environment. It is always nice to know that we can contribute something, even if it is a little bit. Positive reinforcement is always welcome too :)

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Smile Brands Photos

Smile Brands photo of: Celebrating World Smile Day by taking time to acknowledge what makes us smile
Smile Brands photo of: Founder & CEO Steve Bilt speaking on the importance of company culture at the Greater Irvine Chamber's Legends & Leaders event.
Smile Brands photo of: The Smiles For Everyone Foundation Ghana International Outpost team
Smile Brands photo of: The Smiles For Everyone Foundation Thailand Outpost team
Smile Brands photo of: Team members enjoying Longboards ice cream truck
Smile Brands photo of: The Human Resources team at the All-Hands meeting
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Smile Brands Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Smile Brands (Fresno, CA).


    She saw me as a real person, not as a robot. Asked me real questions about my training, not dumb ones. Like discrib a scenario of what you could have done differently.

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Smile Brands Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places To Work, Glassdoor, 2018
  • Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year - Silver, Best in Biz, 2017
  • Company of the Year (Large) - Silver, Best in Biz, 2017
  • Hire Power Awards - Top 100 Job Creators, Inc. Magazine, 2012
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