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Spotlight on: Advanced Smile and Design

Sean Nolan, Dentist


Sean Nolan went to the dentist a lot as a kid, but it wasn’t always because he needed to. Growing up in Bakersfield with a dentist for a father, Nolan got to see a lot of the ins and outs of the profession.

Nolan said once he found himself crafting dentures in his father’s lab. Fast-forward to now, and Nolan is a bona fide dentist with his own practice in Santa Maria: Advanced Smile and Design, which opened on March 2.

Dentist Sean Nolan stands by the cone beam CT machine he uses to take a 3-D rendering of his patients’ teeth.

Despite being surrounded by all things dentistry, Nolan said he was never pressured into the profession, although it was always an option.

“My father never pushed me to be a dentist,” Nolan said. “The decision to be one just came logically.”

Nolan left his hometown to attend UC San Diego and later graduated with honors. He was 22 years old when he enrolled in the UCLA School of Dentistry, from which he also graduated with honors.

At one time, Nolan considered a career as a different sort of medical professional, but opted for dentistry because he said health care has become “too managed.” By this, he means that as a dentist, he gets to work one-on-one with his patients to help them achieve the outcome they want, which is what Nolan prefers.

Shortly after graduating from dental school, Nolan worked at his father’s practice in Sacramento for a couple of years. During that time, he bounced back and forth between working for another dentist and his father in order to acquire a variety of disciplines.

Wanting his own practice, Nolan looked toward the Central Coast, specifically in Santa Maria. While searching, he stumbled upon the current location of his office, which happened to be an old dentist office from years ago, according to Nolan. That’s where he decided to set up shop.

Aside from his academic training as a dentist, Nolan has taken “considerable time” to learn about other aspects of the tooth profession, such as orthodontics or the specialty of treating abnormal teeth alignments.

Inside of his office is a cone beam CT machine, which uses radiation to take a highly detailed, 3-D, X-ray rendering of teeth. One of the ways it differs from other machines that perform the same task is that it uses less radiation. Nolan said he prefers the CT machine because of the detail it provides, which helps him determine if and where an implant is needed, adding that the machine can make dental bills less expensive.

“As more offices introduce more tech, they tend to charge more for their services, but not with the cone beam,” Nolan said, explaining that the machine isn’t a typical sight in most dentist offices.

Besides his easy-going demeanor and the relaxed atmosphere inside of his office, Nolan thinks his business is about to stand apart for another reason. Soon, the name of his practice will change from its current name to Smile Santa Maria in order to conform with his company’s website.

With one perfect smile at a time, Nolan aims to become the city’s community dentist. He chose Santa Maria for one big reason.

“Because people here are nice,” Nolan said. “Santa Maria still has that community feel.”

Advanced Smile and Design is located at 2528 South Broadway, suite C, in Santa Maria. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 925-2628 or visit

Biz Highlights

• On April 22, Presidio Residential Capital and Coastal Community Builders celebrated the grand opening of Legacy at La Ventana, a new 40.5-acre residential community located on East Main Street and Dressler Avenue, near Pioneer Valley High School. With 120 one- and two-story homes, styles range from contemporary to Spanish colonial and French country. Coastal Community Builders is the general contractor, seller, and broker for Legacy. Build-out is expected to be completed by late 2016, according to a press release.

• The Lompoc Homeowner Workshop on May 13 is designed to help you learn how to save money by making energy upgrades to your home. It will take place at the Dick DeWees Senior Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free workshop is sponsored by Santa Barbara County’s empower program and will provide information about utility incentives that can exceed $6,500, and how to make homes more efficient and more comfortable. Local contractors will be on hand to answer questions. For more information or to RSVP, contact emPower Central Coast at 568-3566, or email at


Staff Writer David Minsky wrote this week’s Biz Spotlight. Information should be sent to the Sun via fax, email, or mail.

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