“Becoming an orthodontist has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. My mother was a hygienist, so I had a fairly good knowledge of the importance of hygiene, and I also had a really cool orthodontist. Thank you, Dr. Raffa!
“I think these two people were instrumental in my becoming the orthodontist I am today. I’ve been a member of the Lynchburg community for more than 25 years and have truly enjoyed working with the many families over the years.
“As orthodontic treatment typically takes some time, this affords me and my staff the time to become well acquainted with each patient and their family. I enjoy talking to patients about their day and how school is going as well as any sports or activities they are currently involved in. (I am a sports nut!)
“Most of our patients also know that I am an electronics geek and I love introducing new technology to our practice. From digital X-rays to digital scans, to our new 60-inch SmartBoard, you will know that we are on top of our game.
“I also feel very fortunate to have an incredible staff, many of whom have been with me over 10 years ... and one has been here more than 20 years! (Thanks Stacy!) They are the heart and soul of our practice. It is our goal each day to provide every patient the best possible care in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. We truly care about you!
“Orthodontics is really much more than just straightening teeth. It’s about improving a patient’s function and overall dental health. Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean and manage and orthodontic treatment can certainly make this process much easier. Studies today show a direct link between dental health and overall physical health.” We look forward to making your orthodontic experience a fun, educational and very worthwhile process!
Dr. B received his undergraduate education at The Ohio State University (Go Bucks), then attended the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. He graduated in 1990 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon academic fraternity. Dr. B returned to his roots to attend the University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners) where he received his Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master’s Degree in 1992.
Dr. B feels it is important to stay on the cutting edge of technology to provide the best possible care for our patients. He has a special interest in scanning and 3D printing and how these applications can provide better outcomes and better treatment for our patients.
Dr. B is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Piedmont Dental Society, and the Lynchburg Dental Society, for which he is a past president.
Dr. B has a passion for the outdoors. He loves to hunt and fish as well as canoe and camp with Brenda, his lovely wife of nearly three decades and their two grown daughters, Blair and Aubrey. He has a special interest in wildlife, including birds and butterflies.
Meet Dr. Bates
Dr. Bates is a native of Houston Texas and will forever love a good pair of boots, Tex-Mex food, and country music. He and his lovely wife, Courtney, will be welcoming their first daughter to their family in July 2021. They also have an energetic pup named Kali who loves to adventure around Virginia’s great outdoors with them. Dr. Bates considers it a true blessing to be able to impact his patients by providing the smile they’ve always dreamed of. He prides himself on providing excellent treatment results and building lasting relationships with his patients and their families.
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
Dr. Bates graduated with honors and earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in 2014 and then went on to attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry, where he graduated at the top of his class and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2019. He completed his specialty training in orthodontics at one of the nation’s most prestigious residency programs, Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received his Graduate Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry in 2021. Additionally, Dr. Bates has been the recipient of numerous awards for academic and research excellence, including an international award and publication for his research in maxillofacial prosthetics and an award from the Southern Association of Orthodontists for his research on Invisalign.
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
Dr. Bates maintains a strong commitment to ministry, mentorship, and serving his community. Some of his strongest relationships have been formed while working as a camp counselor, leading with Young Life, serving on international mission trips, and co-founding a ministry to reach healthcare professionals during his time in dental school. He and Courtney look forward to serving and becoming involved in the Lynchburg community.
Dr. Bates is passionate about all things outdoors. In his free time, he loves fly fishing, hiking, camping, snowboarding/skiing, playing ice hockey, exercising, reading, and traveling.