40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

JOHN S. YU

  • Oro Valley, Arizona
  • SmileMore Dental

Age:

31

Name of Practice:

SmileMore Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of Washington School of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Yu’s practice integrates the most current digital technology to allow for a vastly more precise, much more accurate surgical plan for patients that
translates into a true, restoratively driven implant placement.

Inspiration

Jesus Christ. “Without Him, I would not be where I am today, both
personally and professionally.”

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

“The new-patient experience,” he says. “We set the expectation prior to the patient’s initial treatment, and then we deliver an above-and-beyond expe­rience.” Likewise, he notes, “the initial visit is where we also get to know
our patients and work to build long-lasting relationships with them.”

Philosophy

“Performing dentistry with an evidence-based and comprehensive
approach while using progressive methods and a gentle touch.”

Advice to Aspiring Dentists

“Keep pursuing continuing education. My favorite course, which changed the way I practice, was Frank Spear’s Facially Generated Treatment Planning Workshop.”

Something People Don't Know

Dr. Yu once ate 22 hard-shell tacos from Taco Bell in one sitting. Would he ever do it again? He answers immediately: “No, probably not.”