We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and professional environment that enhances the total well being and self esteem of our patients and parents through the best pediatric dental and orthodontic care attainable. Our goal is to serve and support our referring professionals by providing their patients with the highest level of pediatric dental care available.  Dr. Penland and his team customize treatment for each patient, with that individual’s priorities and exceptions in mind.


Our office is open Monday  9:00 am til 6:30 pm and Tuesday through Thursday, 8:15 am til 5:00 pm as well as limited Friday appointments. If you have an after-hours children’s dental situation that requires our immediate attention, call one of our offices and follow our voicemail instructions.


We follow the Catawba County School District closing schedule including inclement weather closings.

We accept most major insurance plans and as a courtesy, we will submit your insurance claim for you. The portion that is not covered by the insurance company is your responsibility and due at the time of service. If payment is not met in full at time of services, then a statement will be sent to you and will reflect a service fee.


It would be beneficial for you to know and understand what your insurance benefits are, including deductibles and co-pays. Regrettably, we do not dictate insurance policies and can only work with them. We will make every effort to help you understand what your coverages are happy do a quick coverage check.

We accept NC Medicaid.


We accept cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard as payment.

Dr. Ross Penland


Dr. Haley Buff-Lindner


Dr. Susan Bridges


Dr. Martha Hardaway


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Dr. Matt Leach


Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that  will get you acquainted with our office.


Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. Oral hygiene instructions will also be given with suggestions to help you care for your own teeth. In most cases, we will also clean your teeth on this visit, and provide an evaluation that will outline your existing dental problems and proposed treatment.

Our Doctors are Pediatric Dental Specialists

They specialize in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, teens as well as those with special healthcare needs.


Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include orthodontics, sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education.


We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their “cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them. We strive to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.

Our goal in this practice is to provide the best possible dental care for our patients. We want the children coming to our office to understand how to care for their teeth through proper oral hygiene and diet. Prevention is preferred to treatment of dental problems that may arise from poor hygiene or diet.

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110 N. Center St., Suite 200

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110 Juniper Street, Suite 200 Morganton NC 28655

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Ross Penland, DMD

Susan Bridges, DDS

Jessica Tomberlin, DMD

Haley Buff-Lindner, DMD, PhD

Martha Hardaway, DMD, MS

Matt Leach, DDS

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