About Chad W. Phillips, DDS
He realized dentistry was the career for him after an experience with Invisalign® in high school showed him firsthand how dentistry is the perfect combination of science and art. His clinical interests include all aspects of general and family dentistry, with an emphasis on prosthodontics and orthodontics. Dr. Phillips strives to provide a positive dental experience through empathy and patient education, while helping his patients achieve a healthy, confident smile.
After dental school, he relocated to Maine to be with his partner, Amy, who currently attends medical school at the University of New England. Dr. Phillips’ main passion outside of dentistry is photography, but he also enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, watching sports, and trying new restaurants.
He is excited to be a part of the team at Saco River Dentistry and serve the local community of Buxton. “I love the team atmosphere of working at Saco River Dentistry. Every single person here has the same goal at the forefront of their mind—providing exceptional dental care for our patients that is second to none. If someone doesn’t have the answer, there is someone else here who does.”
How would you briefly describe your patient care philosophy?
My goal is to provide the most positive patient experience possible. I understand that everyone’s needs are different—some want to know every detail of what you’re doing, some just want to know that you’re there for them every step of the way. I strive to tailor my patient care to each individual and figure out how we can work best together as a team. Doing so allows us to achieve the best and most realistic outcomes possible.
Are there any particular moments in your career that stand out for you?
There have been a handful of patients over my first few years that really stand out in my mind. The treatment they received was truly life-changing and as a provider you feel like you become such an important part of their lives. One of these patients was from my time in dental school in Kansas City. I saw her soon before I graduated and we were able to start her treatment, but another student a year younger than me had to continue it. She had a long journey, as it was a slow-moving, multi-disciplinary case. She finally completed her treatment over a year after I first saw her. She reached out to me to thank me for my efforts and for getting her on the right path. She was so happy and appreciative. It’s truly an honor to be able to have that impact on someone.
What’s the top advice you have for someone who is looking for a dentist?
Finding a dentist you trust can be difficult. A major part of building that trust is having a dentist who truly listens and understands that patients are human beings, not just a set of teeth. I truly believe we do an excellent job here at Saco River Dentistry taking a step back, evaluating our patients comprehensively, and moving forward from there. I would advise people to try to find that quality when looking for a dentist.