Meet Dr. Leiss
Genuine. Compassionate. Artistic.
As an orthodontist, I like knowing I have had a positive impact on each patient’s life. It is an honor to enhance a smile: making it more attractive and healthier and developing a relationship with the patient and their families during their treatment time.
My goal is quality over quantity. As an artisan in orthodontics, I am not here to sell braces. I am here to establish a result driven game plan before initiating treatment. It is very rewarding to work with the result minded patient to achieve a smile that will last a lifetime.
Having practiced for almost 30 years, I am now seeing the children of some of my earlier patients. It’s gratifying to have relationships that span generations within a family!
I grew up knowing I wanted to be a dentist. Once I was in dental school, I found myself drawn to the orthodontic specialty. It is the perfect blend of science, medicine and artistry. The additional benefit is seeing patients who want the care I offer and are vested in their treatment and outcome. If I hadn’t become an orthodontist, I would likely have gravitated toward being a master carpenter or builder: I like working with my hands and creating lasting beauty.
I attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Remaining at the university, I completed a challenging orthodontic residency and received my certificate in orthodontics.
Dental school and the orthodontic residency gave me a solid foundational understanding of oral health and the mechanics of tooth movement. However, orthodontics is a constantly evolving specialty: ongoing research leads to new methodologies and technologies.
I stay current on the latest developments through continuing education courses, lectures, and meetings, and regularly review scientific literature.
Beyond the Practice
If I’m not seeing patients, I’m usually found with my family. Dayna, my wife of more than 33 years and I were high-school sweethearts. We have four children: Son Jory, his wife Cristen, and our granddaughter Lennon, our daughter Cree and her husband Oliver, and sons Jamison and Jefferson.
I truly love being at home with my family. Whether I’m working in the yard and cutting the grass or we’re relaxing by the pool, it’s always an enjoyable time. I also love eating out, and to balance that, I work out five days a week.
“Without a doubt the best dental care I have received in my entire life. I would recommend Leiss & Hendrix Orthodontics to anyone who is in need of orthodontic care.”
“We have enjoyed Leiss Orthodontics very much and everyone who works there. All of you have been very kind, helpful, and flexible with our needs. We certainly will recommend you to family and friends!”
“I moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, and my granddaughter was with an orthodontist just starting on her journey to a perfect smile. Our orthodontist recommended that we check out Hendrix Orthodontics and that was the best piece of advice I could have ever taken. As we took one step through the door, we were greeted immediately with friendly smiles. It is now 2014 and my granddaughter finished her braces journey in January and now her teeth look amazing thanks to Dr. Hendrix. I would recommend him to anyone who loves kindness, and playing on iPads in the waiting room.”
“Thank you for straightening my teeth. It has been so neat to watch them fall into place and that that the braces are coming off, it’s so amazing to have a smile that is straight. You have all been so welcoming and ready to help during the past two years, Thank you so much.”
“We want to thank you for the amazing job you have done on both of our boys’ teeth. Nickolas & Alexander were seen by you guys years apart from each other, with Alex being your recent graduate. Based on technology changes and differences with their needs, the process was quite different for the two of them, but the end result was the same. They both have amazing teeth and you guys were kind along the way and never made us wait long for a single appointment. As we told you guys on our last day, we don’t have any more kids of our own to bring to you, but we will always refer anyone that does need an orthodontics practice to you guys, with high praise. Thank you!!!!”