40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

THIEN LE

  • Annandale, Virginia
  • Springdale Family Dentistry

Age:

39

Name of Practice:

Springdale Family Dentistry

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, New York University College of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

A former computer programmer, Dr. Le applies considerable technology know-how at his northern Virginia practice to treat his patients more affordably.

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

 “I do a lot of braces and implants, and my favorite part of the job is seeing the final result.”

Philosophy

“I want to make dental care affordable for everyone,” Dr. Le says. “Technology brings efficiency. With efficiency I can lower overhead, and with lower overhead, I can bring affordability to the patient.”

Tool He Can’t Live Without

3D Cone Beam. “Cone Beam allows me to see patients’ oral structure in three dimensions, which helps me place the implant more accurately and reduce human error.”

Most Memorable Patient

“One who wrote me a thank-you note and tipped me $100 after I restored her teeth.” The patient had suffered dry mouth for years and needed three root canals and a dozen crowns. Dr. Le shared the note (“I can’t thank you enough for bringing back my smile”) on his Facebook wall.