40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

JEFF SHAO

  • The Woodlands, Texas
  • Showtime Orthodontic Arts

Age:

29

Name of Practice:

Showtime Orthodontic Arts

Specialty:

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics

Education:

DDS and MS, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

In just one year, Dr. Shao’s practice has built a solid following in north Houston thanks to his au courant combination of social-media savvy, community volunteer work and clinical expertise.

Inspiration

The seventh dentist in his family, Dr. Shao says that crafting treatments came naturally to him. But a mentor at dental school, Dr. Clarence Bryk, truly inspired his interest in orthodontics.

Tools He Can’t Live Without

Cone Beam CT and the Nola Dry-Field System. “The CBCT allows me to see teeth in all dimensions and accurately diagnose the severity of impacted canines for more efficient and effective treatment. The Nola system allows perfect isolation to keep saliva away from the teeth. Good isolation equals good bonding — simple as that.”

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

“Building not only beautiful smiles but long-lasting relationships. My patients are fascinating, and I love getting to know them as their treatment progresses. It’s an honor to provide care for such wonderful people and to help them attain great oral health and a beautiful smile while we become friends.”