By M. Dennis Taylor
Orthodontist Dr. Randall Shults has been perfecting the smiles of Wellington-area residents for nearly 30 years.
Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Shults moved to Wellington in the spring of 1993 and established his practice, Shults Orthodontics, in the community.
“Littleton is a small suburb of Denver, and a fabulous place to grow up with seemingly unlimited access to the great outdoors,” he recalled. “I moved to Wellington for the similar small-town atmosphere and great local schools.”
Shults was attracted to his vocation of orthodontics early in life.
“My second-grade teacher had the warmest, most beautiful smile I had ever seen,” Shults explained. “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.”
His interest in orthodontics only grew as he began his professional training.
“While attending dental school, the chair of the orthodontics department selected two dental students to treat orthodontic patients,” Shults recalled. “I saw the response to well-done orthodontic correction dramatically enhance my patient’s appearance, confidence, self-esteem, and improve her oral health and general physical well-being. The deal was sealed for me. I knew as a third-year dental student what I wanted to do with my professional career.”
Through the years, Shults has acquired impressive credentials and training. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1984 and completed his orthodontic residency and certification at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1989. He also received his PhD in sensory physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and was a recipient of the Dentist-Scientist Training Award from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, he is a past president of the Palm Beach County Dental Association, past peer review chair of the Palm Beach County Dental Association and has been the orthodontic section chair of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Center since 2010.
Shults feels that what sets his practice apart is his evidence-based treatment.
“That 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 you make the difficult decisions, and then take care of you with compassion and kindness.”
Shults is proud to live and work in the local community.
“I live in Wellington, and my commitment and lifetime passion is to provide patients with excellent orthodontic care. We are here to serve the entire family, from seven to 70,” he 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.”
Shults said that this level of service benefits the client, providing more confident and attractive smiles; easier access for better dental hygiene, which 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 you really want to do,” Shults said. “I often recommend Clear Aligners or Invisalign as an esthetic alternative to braces. Both systems, Clear Aligners or Damon Braces, have their unique advantages and disadvantages.”
The team at Shults Orthodontics is ready and willing to help patients and/or their parents select the treatment that is best for each situation.
Shults is married to Rose Carbone, and they have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, paddle boarding, yoga and more.
Shults is happy having his professional practice in Wellington.
“While I was initially attracted to Wellington for its schools and that small-town atmosphere, we love Wellington as a family-friendly community and the safe academic, sports and social programs available to help all our children grow, develop and excel as productive young adults and community members.”
Shults Orthodontics is located at 12180 South Shore Blvd., Suite 101, in Wellington. For more information, visit www.shultsorthodontics.com or call (561) 793-9888.