Little teeth need special care, which is why pediatric dentist Dr. Alan LaPratt is excited to lead the new pediatric dental team at Smilebuilderz. Dr. LaPratt originally hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been around children his entire life and takes special pride in helping children feel at ease coming to the dentist, inspiring them to improve their oral hygiene at home and receive dental treatment happily and comfortably. As a father himself, Dr. LaPratt understands the trust required to allow him to provide for your child’s oral health care needs, and he takes this joyful responsibility seriously.
Dr. LaPratt completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before graduating, he and his wife welcomed their first-born son on Father’s Day. He continued on to dental school at UNLV School of Dental Medicine. During his time in dental school, his family added two more boys. After completing dental school, Dr. LaPratt moved his rapidly growing family to Texas, where he practiced as a general dentist for six years. During his time in Texas, his family welcomed two daughters to his family. His large family then moved to the Bronx in New York to complete specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the BronxCare Health Systems. While there, Dr. LaPratt received extensive training in cutting-edge practices, including using silver diamine fluoride and all-white zirconia crowns for baby teeth. His training also strongly emphasized caring for children with special health care needs and using conscious sedation for children with dental anxiety.
During their time in the Bronx, New York City, he and his wife found that they thoroughly enjoyed the culture and the historical aspects of the eastern U.S. As a result, he and his wife had agreed that someday, his career would return to the East if given the right opportunity.
After Dr. LaPratt’s residency, he and his family moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he practiced Pediatric Dentistry until the opportunity arose to move East to lead the new pediatric dental team at Smilebuilderz.
Dr. LaPratt now lives in the Lancaster area with his wife, three sons, and two daughters. They enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, running, and cycling. They all love good food, books, Super Smash Bros., and the beautiful outdoors. When you meet Dr. LaPratt, ask him about his Star Wars LEGO collection. It is HUUUGE!
Dr. LaPratt is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA).