San Antonio

(210) 344-9715

Meet Dr. Merritt

A Love for Amazing Smiles

Orthodontics runs in my family. My dad was an orthodontist and I grew up working in his practice after school and on weekends. There was no way around it: I was meant to be an orthodontist. I have the best job in the world. I absolutely love coming to my office every day. In fact, I hesitate to even call it “work,” it’s so enjoyable. I have a passion for my patients, my staff, and my profession.

Every patient is unique. Their face, mouth, smile, personality – all are different. Likewise, each patient’s treatment is unique and individualized to achieve the best result for that person.

I love watching a patient’s self-esteem and confidence blossom as they see their teeth straighten. The day we remove the braces, and they see their finished smile shining back in the mirror, is the most rewarding moment for me: they are thrilled with the results, and I am thrilled for them.

Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Baylor University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery,  Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Two year Orthodontic Residency, Saint Louis University

Throughout the year I, along with my staff, attend many orthodontic lectures, seminars, and courses. This ensures we remain at the leading-edge, current on new discoveries, techniques, and technology. Our collective goal is to continually learn to the benefit our patients.

My Orthodontic Staff

My staff members truly blow me away. What amazes me is how they treat each patient as if that patient was the most important person they’re seeing that day. From the team member who welcomes them at the front desk to the team member who checks them out at the end of the visit, and everywhere in between, each patient is made to feel important – because they are!

My Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • Texas Association of Orthodontists
  • Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation
  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • San Antonio District Dental Society

Personal Life

My wife Shanna and I have been married for almost 20 years. Our daughter, Macy, is destined for Broadway. Hud, our son, will most undoubtedly grow up to be something dangerous, like a stuntman or rattlesnake handler. Like most parents of teens, most of our time is spent checking homework and running them all over God’s creation to plays, dance lessons, and motor cross races.

I’m a treasure hunter at heart. So on my rare day off, I head out to a “super secret” spot to search and explore for Native American artifacts. I’m fascinated by arrowheads: who made them? How long ago? Why did they just throw it on the ground? I will spend hours in search of the perfect arrowhead. I love the mystery of it.

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