Meet Kara E. Smith, DDS, MSD
Changing Lives: One Person and One Smile at a Time
Orthodontics can change lives: I know this because it changed mine!
I was born with congenitally missing teeth. Orthodontics not only changed my smile and function, but gave me confidence. I have always thought that if I could change one person’s life the way mine was changed through orthodontic treatment, then my career would be a success.
Being an orthodontist is fulfilling in so many ways: I create beautiful, functional smiles; I get to see confidence and self-esteem bloom in my patients; and I really get to know each patient on a personal level over the course of their treatment.
I love working in this wonderful community and delight in seeing smiling, familiar faces – patients, parents, and siblings – around town!
Education and Experience
I graduated from dental school in 2000 and practiced general dentistry for four years. During that time I realized my heart was in orthodontics, so I returned to Indiana University School of Dentistry for my orthodontic residency and Master of Science in Dentistry degree.
A large part of my commitment to patients and my profession is the ongoing pursuit of continuing education. These courses and activities keep me current on the latest orthodontic technologies and techniques and allow me to maintain the highest quality professional care for patients.
I am an active member of the Spear Study Club, which brings together local general dentists and oral healthcare specialists. We collaboratively treatment plan complex, comprehensive cases and study emerging technology and treatment planning strategies.
I have completed an Invisalign® Master Course, which provided advanced training in the clear aligners, and regularly attend Invisalign Pro meetings. I also complete yearly OSHA training.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Indiana Dental Association
- Indianapolis District Dental Society
- Indiana University Orthodontics Alumni Association, Past President
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in West Newton, IN, and have lived in Noblesville since 2006. I wanted to live in the same town as where I practiced.
I am married and have three kids: two girls and a boy. Our home is shared with a yellow lab, a gray fluffy cat, and a goldfish we won at the school carnival.
When I’m not creating beautiful, functional, confidence-building smiles, I am usually taking the kids to one of their many activities or chasing the dog around. If I do find a few minutes to myself, though, you might find me at the Midland Trace Trail or at Barre class.
I love the beach, the mountains, and actively practice random acts of kindness.