Huron Smiles - February 2020

February 2020

HuronSmiles Simple and Stress Free What Dentistry Should Be

530 Iowa Ave. SE #102, Huron, SD 57350



Creating Joy What Makes Dr. G Smile?

The day I got my braces off was one of the best days of my childhood. My teeth had been pretty rough. I had a gap between my two front teeth, and one of my canines was too far up in my gums and had to be pulled back down with a chain. My orthodontics experience was excruciating, but when those braces finally came off, it was all worth it. I was amazed by how great my teeth looked. It felt so good! It was then that I knew I wanted to help other people feel the same way I did in that moment. When I first got into dental school, I originally wanted to be an orthodontist. Getting braces had been such a positive

like placing crowns that fix chipped teeth and transform someone’s smile. When my patients come in the next day after major cosmetic

treatment, they always look so much happier. They often dress up and walk taller. You can see their newfound self-confidence. Giving people that feeling is exactly why I became a dentist. Being able to bring my skills to Huron over the last year has been an amazing experience.

I moved up from Edinburg, Texas, a small town of around 75,000 people. At least, I thought it was a small town. When we came to Huron, I learned what a real small town looks like. My husband and I love it here. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. Plus, there’s snow! I love the winter, and after living in Texas for so many years, I’m not tired of the cold yet. I’m happy every time I see the snow start to fall. Besides the snow, the best part about coming to Huron has been working at Huron Smiles. The staff is wonderful. Everyone does their jobs so well, and they are so dedicated to the patients. Plus, they’ve made Dr. Morales and I feel like part of the family. To be honest, I was a little worried about working with my husband at first, but it’s been a great experience. He encourages me and makes me laugh all the time. At the end of the day, we get to go home and hang out with our Yorkie, Bella. It’s been a great start to this new chapter of our life. I look forward to our first full year in Huron, getting to know my patients better, and enjoying everything about this great town.

experience in my life. However, I quickly realized that general dentistry was much more in line with my interests. When I was a little girl, I loved going to the dentist. I know, I was an unusual kid, but I really liked asking questions and learning about what my dentist was doing. In dental school, I realized that being a general dentist would allow me to do something different every day. I enjoy being able to do fillings, crowns, and extractions, but my favorite part about being a dentist is being able to take the time to help my patients feel comfortable. My mom has dental anxiety, so I understand how overwhelming the experience can be. I always aim to take those few extra minutes to talk about any concerns my patients have and let them know they can tell me if we need to stop. It’s a huge victory for me when patients who used to be terrified to sit in my chair are comfortable enough to let me do crowns or bridges.

It’s wonderful to see how a new smile can change a patient’s outlook on life. I love doing aesthetic cases,

–Dr. Kassandra Gorena

Huron Smiles • 605-352-8753 • 1

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