Johnson Orthodontics in Rehoboth Beach is celebrating 10 years since it opened for business in May 2010.
When the practice first opened, Dr. Jonathan Johnson said, he had a team of one to two other people and his wife to help him. Now the team has grown to 10 to 12 people, including himself.
“In some ways, it feels like it’s been a blink. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago when we first opened the doors,” Johnson said.
One of Johnson’s favorite parts of celebrating 10 years is all the patients he’s gotten to meet and work with, as well as the families he’s come to know. Since it’s a small town, he says he will sometimes see former patients out and about in Rehoboth.
“I see patients that I’ve treated eight or nine years ago,” Johnson said. “I get to see what’s happening in their lives, and all of the great things that have happened to them.”
Johnson says the practice was originally going to celebrate 10 years by having an open house in May for all the dentists in the area. This was derailed due to COVID-19, though they were able to do an office renovation. That had always been part of their 10-year anniversary plan, Johnson said.
Johnson Orthodontics has also gotten a lot of new technology since it first opened. The practice hasn’t taken impressions in four years, because an intra-oral scanner allows staff to scan patients’ mouths in order to make appliances and retainers.
They also have 3D printers that produce models of teeth. Johnson and his team can now scan and print everything in-house to make retainers.
Just this past year, the practice got an i-CAT machine, which creates 3D images of a patient’s head and neck. Johnson said it’s similar to a CAT scan but with less radiation for each patient, which means they can see a lot more. This is especially helpful with analyzing a patient’s airway to see if they might have sleep apnea or other breathing problems.
Although the practice has changed quite a bit in the 10 years it’s been around, Johnson said their fundamentals are still the same. He wants to provide excellent care and outcomes, but also focus on making sure his patients have an overall great experience.
“The smile’s great, the bite’s great, but here’s a patient that looks at us and says, ‘We’re going to miss coming here.’ To us, that’s success,” he said.