Today I sat down with Dr. Sean Langton, to learn a little bit more about him, as both a dentist and a family man.
Tell me a little bit about your dental background/experience.
I am definitely a New Englander through and through. My parents are both from Somerville, MA and after starting a family, they decided to raise my two brothers and I in Melrose, MA. My high school years were spent at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, and after graduation, I moved just south of Massachusetts to pursue my undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
After spending a few years working as an analyst in the financial services industry, I decided to make a career switch and attended Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM). From there, I graduated with cum laude in May 2015.
I joined Belmont Dental Group in December 2020 and have enjoyed working with the incredibly talented and dedicated staff every step of the way.
What are some of the procedures you enjoy doing most?
I enjoy any procedure that results in my patient seeing a substantive transformation in the way they smile and in the way they feel about their smile. This is why I love getting to work with patients who want cosmetic procedures. Both I and the patient get to transform a mouth from something they hide to a smile they’re proud to show off. The most important part of my work has always been and will always be, helping to improve a patient’s confidence in their teeth and smile.
What made you want to become a dentist?
After receiving my undergraduate degree from Trinity College in 2007, I joined the workforce and began a career in the financial services industry. I quickly became disenchanted with the career path and after two years, decided to change course and find a profession that I could be passionate about.
When I told my family and friends about this change, a close family friend, who happens to be a highly regarded dental specialist in New York City, invited me to visit his practice to get an idea of what the profession of dentistry is all about. His passion for the field filled me with a new sense of purpose, and shortly after this visit, I decided to leave the financial services industry. I knew that I found the beginning of my passion as well, so I started taking all necessary prerequisite courses and began to pursue a career in dentistry.
If a patient is experiencing a dental emergency, when should they be contacting you?
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in the teeth or gums, please contact our office at 617-484-2431 right away to schedule an evaluation. I always tell my patients to listen to their bodies and understand that there is usually a specific reason for their pain or discomfort.
The best way to prevent major dental work is to address small problems before they become big problems. Our staff is dedicated to making themselves available to you 6 days a week, but if you are experiencing discomfort during off hours or on a Sunday, do not hesitate to leave a message and a doctor or assistant will reach out to you soon afterward. Once you’re a patient here, my cell number and email are available for true emergencies.
What do you like most about being part of the Belmont Dental Group family?
The continuing commitment to provide the highest quality of care for our patients. Everyone in this office cares so deeply for every patient, and wants to make sure that each patient is given the care they need, when they need it. The fact that every patient who calls the office knows that they are getting in touch with someone who is knowledgeable and wants to get them in as soon as possible is great. A patient with an emergency never has to worry about being in pain for long, because everyone here wants to get them in to make them feel better.
When not working on teeth, what do you like to do?
I am fortunate to share my life with my beautiful wife, Jimena, and our identical twin boys, Marco and Luca. Now that I have two young children, the overwhelming majority of my free time is spent with them.
In the rare instance that I have a minute to myself, I enjoy exercising and playing the piano.
If you could learn to do anything at all, what would you love to learn?
I’ve always admired people who can speak multiple languages (like Dr. Lakkis). To be able to understand someone in their language while traveling would be amazing. I hope one day I can become conversational in a language other than English.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
Dentistry is experiencing a major push toward modernizing treatment workflows from purely analog to heavily digital. Advanced 3D scanning technologies allow us to take digital impressions of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth to more easily identify, diagnose, and treat various forms of the disease. At Belmont Dental Group, we continue to update our systems and office technology to keep in step with the latest industry advancements.
What is your favorite blog/learning site to read? Why?
While it may not be a conventional blog or learning site, I find social media, like Facebook and Instagram, to be amazing from a professional standpoint. Social media has become a tremendous source of information and inspiration in the dental community over the past several years. Instagram provides an easily accessible and patient anonymous platform for very talented dentists to share their successes and transformations through photographs.
If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach?
Since graduating from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, I have dedicated myself to mastering the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning of smile aesthetics. In 2018 I spent every Tuesday for a year traveling from Boston to New York City as a participant in NYU’s mastership program in Advanced Esthetics and Occlusion. From 2019 to 2022, I have taken extensive coursework at the highly esteemed Kois Center in Seattle to further my education in advanced treatment planning, occlusion, and smile design. In 2021 I completed a year-long master’s program in Biomimetic Dentistry so I can offer my patients the most scientifically driven approach to restorative and adhesive dentistry.
All this advanced training has helped me develop a passion for evaluating, diagnosing, and creating smile enhancements that are completely individualized and hand-crafted.
Part of my smile design process includes hand carving proposed smile enhancements out of wax that can be transferred onto the teeth in a quick and completely reversible way. By doing this, my patients are able to preview what their smile could look like before ever making the very personal decision of moving forward with some form of aesthetic treatment.
My ground-up approach of diagnosing and hand crafting predictable smile enhancements is something that my patients have greatly benefited from and is something that I would be eager to teach.