Buellton dentist Adam Haws, DDS, recalls watching his father, Karl, working at his dental practice in Santa Barbara. “He always came home happy. In fact, after 55 years he still practices two days a week. I don’t think he’ll ever retire,” says Haws. Voted the “Best Dentist in the Santa Ynez Valley” in 2009, 2010, and 2011, Haws seems on track to achieve similar career satisfaction.
After working as an associate dentist for two other fine Valley dentists, Ken Nash, DDS, and Art Kaslow, DDS, Haws opened his own practice in 2008.
“I knew Buellton needed a community-oriented dental practice, and I wanted to offer the best technology to my patients and make them comfortable during the experience,” Haws said.
Located in the new Vintage Walk development on the Avenue of the Flags in Buellton, the entire office is paperless. Even arriving patients sign in on a computer; all records and x-rays are computerized and can be viewed in any room.
The practice, which accepts most insurance plans, has recently purchased adjoining office space. In addition to offering a full range of family dentistry services, including Invisalign clear braces and teeth whitening, patient services will now expand to include a panoramic x-ray with 3D capabilities. Patients can even ease anxiety by watching a movie while dental work is being done!
“My wife, Camene, and I have always had a vision for our office that includes but also goes beyond using the latest dental technology. We strive to put all patients on a path toward a lifetime of oral health and, in particular, we want to ensure that the children within the community receive appropriate and adequate dental care. This is important to us,” he says.
“Paying it forward,” Haws provides elementary school dental screenings and education as well as free kindergarten dental health screenings.
“I look for any abnormalities such as abscesses, cavities, or infections. I also look for malocclusions, which are cross bites or where the jaw is not in proper relationship. This can keep kids from chewing properly and can cause headaches,” Haws said.
He also created “The Santa Ynez Valley Dental Makeover Program,” a free contest that chooses two applicants a year and “helps them get their smiles back.”
Susie Durbiano won a dental makeover and says she once again has the smile she had in her high school yearbook. A secretary at Solvang Elementary School, Durbiano says, “Smiling is a big part of my life. Now I can meet and greet the children with a big smile and not feel bad. This has made such an impact on my life!”
“I don’t ask for anything except to take a before and after picture,” Haws says.
Adam Haws was born and raised in Santa Barbara. Spending two years in Japan as a Mormon missionary gave him a global awareness (“I am even fluent in Japanese,” he says), but after studying international business in college, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and returned to Santa Barbara to complete his dental degree.
He and Camene, originally from Ogden, Utah, have four young children: Keller (10), Tessa (8), Cooper (4), and Ainsley (17 months).
Camene says, “I love living in the Valley because it’s so family oriented. It’s a great place to raise our children. There are so many other families here with the same values that I don’t have to worry about our kids.” Their family life undoubtedly explains their dedication to the dental health of the Valley’s school children.
“To us, dentistry is more than just treating teeth. It’s about making people smile!”
INFO: For more information, contact the office at 688-9546 or log onto www.adamhawsdds.com. Dr. Haws Family Dentistry is located at 593 Avenue of The Flags, Suite 101, Buellton.