Kool Smiles Spotlight: Dr. Henri Carbonneau

Position: Orthodontist
Location: Waterbury, CT
Dental School: New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry
Time Working for Kool Smiles: 10 months

What inspired you to be an orthodontist?
As an adolescent growing up I had a severe dental protrusion, so orthodontics was a part of my life very early.  My orthodontist corrected my problem, which made a big difference in my confidence and appearance.  I wanted to do the same for others.

What made you decide to join Kool Smiles?
Kool Smiles has given me the opportunity to share my years of experiences with fellow colleagues. It has also allowed me to stay current with the latest information and procedures.

What’s a day in your life at Kool Smiles like?
My day starts with a positive morning huddle with my team. We review the previous day for any problems. As a team, each member is willing to help if the situation warrants it.

How does Kool Smiles help you make an impact?
Since the majority of the patients are Medicaid patients, I am able to treat and make a difference in many people lives who otherwise could not afford treatment.

Why do you like your job?
What I love most about my job is something different is always happening.  I get to meet different people and treat different problems.  It gives me great pleasure to see how people’s lives change as they go through Orthodontic treatment. Creating smiles brings me great pleasure!

What have you learned after years of orthodontistry?
What I know now is that knowledge is not static.  It is always changing and one must keep up and share their knowledge with others.

What advice would you give to those wanting to make a difference in dentistry?
My advice is to always be forthright, honest, and a good communicator with people.  It is important to explain situations in a way that people can understand and appreciate.

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