For 2013, we sent questionnaires to every dentist licensed in Connecticut— more than 2,800 — asking them to recommend a dentist to whom they would send a loved one for care in seven categories. We received 490 completed questionnaires (18 percent), a very good return rate. Thus, every dentist listed has been recommended by a significant number of his or her peers — indeed, the only way to make the list is through these peer recommendations. We like to say that every dentist who makes the list is a good one, or at least a recommended one, but not every good dentist makes the list. You should use it as a reference, not the final word, as you search for someone to help you with your dental needs. You must ultimately do your own due diligence in order to decide which dentist is right for you or your loved ones.
DR. ALLAN S. PHILLIPS COMBINES A STRONG ACADEMIC AND PROfESSIONAL BACKGROUND IN ORTHODONTICS with a personal commitment to create beautiful smiles for children, teens and adults. He and his partner, Katherine M. Lambert, D.M.D., offer the latest, state-of-the art technology to improve both the function and aesthetics of their patients’ smiles. They offer metal and clear braces, as well as clear aligners, to patients in five convenient offices in Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
Dr. Phillips earned his dental degree and completed his postgraduate training at the NYU College of Dentistry. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he is a past president of the Greater Danbury Dental Society and has served as the orthodontic section chief at Danbury Hospital. He is the head of continuing dental education at New Milford Hospital. Dr. Phillips enjoys his work with young patients at a critical stage in their development. He practices with the philosophy that orthodontics is about more than improving aesthetics: “A person’s smile contributes dramatically to a first impression and conveys a lot about self-confidence,” he says. “It’s important, no matter how old you are.” He is also experienced in working with adults, who now comprise about 25 percent of his practice. “Many adults may not have had the opportunity to get their teeth straightened and as they mature, periodontal issues may create problems. Teeth may require correction to prevent shifting, discomfort and even tooth loss,” he explains.
Dr. Phillips notes that while technology has improved dramatically in recent years, “the most critical part of patient care is treating each patient gently and with compassion, with the goal of assuring absolute accuracy and minimizing treatment time.” His goal is for all patients to conclude treatment with a beautiful smile. “The satisfaction I receive from providing a service that improves a patient’s smile, appearance and life,” he says, “is why I love the practice of orthodontics.”
Practice: Drs. Phillips & Lambert, LLC
Dental School: New York University College of Dentistry
Professional Affiliations: American Association of Orthodontics
American Dental Association
Greater Danbury Dental Society
New Milford Hospital
Other Office Locations: 7 Pickett District Road, New Milford; (860) 354-3989
379 Danbury Road, Wilton; (203) 762-9333
304 Federal Road, Brookfield; (203) 775-9463
5 School Street, Bethel; (203) 748-1600