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Meet Courtney Lavigne of Courtney Lavigne Dentistry in Wayland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Lavigne.

Courtney, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After working as an associate dentist in four offices previously, I started my private practice with a focus on cosmetic dentistry in 2014 with a vision of providing unmatched customer service and exceptional dentistry. We’ve crafted our practice around patient-centric dental care. Whether a patient is concerned about the esthetics of one tooth or the function of the entire mouth, we sit down and listen to our patients to meet them where they’re at.

I focus my practice on comprehensive care. Rather than merely fixing the problems a patient presents with, I strive to evaluate why the problem exists to begin with in order to provide long-lasting, predictable dental work.

Has it been a smooth road?
We’ve had an incredibly successful start and are grateful for the patients that have brought us to where we are today. Although business ownership is never entirely smooth, I feel blessed for the path I’ve walked since opening the practice. Each obstacle has allowed us to re-route and grow both as an office as well as individuals.

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve found in providing high quality, patient-oriented, comprehensive care is that it takes an incredible amount of time “behind the scenes” in planning and implementing the right treatment. Lab work, communication with specialists, and treatment planning take a significant amount of time when the patient isn’t in the chair. Initially I was working five days of clinical dentistry and using evenings and weekends to do the planning portions of cases. We’ve tweaked our schedule to accommodate the increased time it takes to practice dentistry the way we do, and it’s significantly improved our ability to provide this level of care.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Courtney Lavigne Dentistry – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our practice is for the patient seeking quality. I quickly learned in private practice that single-tooth dentistry doesn’t fit my personality. I typically take around 150 hours of continuing education yearly in comprehensive dental care, esthetics, cosmetic dentistry, and occlusion. I have a particular passion for making dentistry beautiful and natural, whether it’s a front tooth or the furthest one in the back. The patients that seek us out from all over New England are looking for beautiful, long-lasting, honest dentistry.

I’ve started authoring articles in peer-reviewed journals, writing for Spear Digest online, and lecturing in the last two years. I was given amazing opportunities early on through some fantastic mentors. I feel a responsibility and a sense of duty to the profession to provide the same to others that are striving to continue to improve in their dentistry.

In organized dentistry, I serve as secretary and treasurer of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and as an Affiliate Committee member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I am visiting faculty at the Spear Institute training dentists in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love New England’s geographic location, the people that it attracts, and the culture we live in. I appreciate and look forward to each of our four seasons, the architecture and the history that Boston has to offer. Because we’re known for the Universities in our area, we attract the type of people that are lifelong learners. I have an insatiable desire to continue learning and feel surrounded by like-minded individuals, regardless of how different our day-to-day lives may be. I appreciate now more than ever that I don’t wake up thinking I am better or worse than others because I’m different. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the food wasn’t a benefit of living here, too!

From a dental perspective, I love that my patient’s desire dentistry that motivates me to improve. Not everyone seeking smile enhancement and improvements want a perfectly straight, paper-white smile. Many of my patients don’t want others to know that they’ve had dental work done at all. Matching a single tooth veneer to a mouth of natural, charismatic teeth is one of the most challenging, but most rewarding things we do in our office. I value having patients that don’t walk in all wanting the same cookie-cutter smile and am honored when they put their smile in my hands.

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