Dr. Brielle Renz attended dental school in Southern California before returning to Bismarck to practice dentistry. Dr. Renz had her smile corrected by a dentist as a child and has been interested in helping others achieve beautiful smiles ever since. Dr. Renz enjoys getting to know her patients and using advanced techniques to correct their smiles.
I went to school in Montana for my undergraduate degree and then I went to dental school in Southern California back in Bismarck where I'm from originally and it's been wonderful. I went to Western University of Health Sciences, 30 miles outside of Los Angeles. There are a lot of things that led me to becoming a dentist. When I was 13 or 14 years old, I started noticing how nice all my friends' smiles were. They just had their braces off and they looked really, really nice and I started to notice how not nice my smile was. There were things I didn't like about. I had spaces in places I didn't want them, or I didn't like the shapes of certain teeth. They're kind of rotated. I've picked out all these things I didn't like about my smile. So I started to become really self-conscious about it. I talked to my parents about it and they said, "Let's go talk to somebody and see if we can get your smile how you would like it."
Working with the dentist, we were able to come up with some things that would work for me, and it totally transformed my life. I think it was then I realized the power of a smile. It kind of hit me like, "I want to do this for other people. I want them to get a smile that makes them glow." That was kind of the deciding factor, like this is what I want to do. I want to be a dentist.
There is a lot of satisfying, I would even say rewarding parts to dentistry. We had a mom and a 7-week old baby come in. The mom says, "My baby has a tongue tie and a lip tie," which basically means they can't properly suck. Anyway, within, I don't know, five, ten minutes, we had done a laser tongue tie release on this baby, very simple, no numbing, no nothing. Three minutes later, the baby was breastfeeding and the mom was overjoyed and baby was happy. He was giggling and smiling. It's things like that that are so rewarding. I mean, it's simple. It was simple for me to do, but it made all the difference to them.
We have more rewarding, satisfying moments constantly. It's fun. When I have patients come in, it's really important to hear them out. Here, we say all the time that every smile has a story. It's I think it's our job to hear what that story is and then help further develop it in the direction they want that story to be told. So to get there, we spend a lot of time just getting to know our patients. It's a lot of getting to know people, listening, becoming more than just a patient-doctor relationship. We have family here. We have a whole bunch of family members in this practice, so it's pretty wonderful.
I truly believe that every smile has a story. I want to hear your story, and I want to make your story exactly what you want it to be, get to that angle. I know the power of a smile because I've been through it. I've been through having a smile I didn't like, to having a smile that made me really happy. So that's what I would want them to know and that life is way too beautiful not to smile.