40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

LATHE MILLER

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Miller Orthodontics

Age:

35

Name of Practice:

Miller Orthodontics

Specialty:

Orthodontics

Education:

DDS and M.S., Indiana University


Why He Was Nominated

Dr. Miller uses the latest technology to provide cutting-edge dental care while keeping his practice rooted in sound orthodontics. (See “Aligned for Success,” page 82.) He also volunteers on the cleft-lip and palate team at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Inspiration

Dr. Miller, embarrassed by his crooked teeth and offset jaw line, never smiled in pictures when he was young. “When my dentist fixed my teeth, he gave me the confidence to walk into a room and be my best. That’s what I try to do in my own patient care.”

Tool He Can't Live Without

His staff. “They make the practice complete. I may be the orthodontist, but they bring the personal touch,” Dr. Miller says. “Without them, I couldn’t be as successful or as happy as I am. They’re the backbone of my practice.”

Exciting New Trend

Digital dentistry, specifically 3D scanners and Cone Beam. “Dentistry is going to get better, simpler and cheaper. The speed at which we’ll be able to do dental procedures in years to come will be tremendous.”