Hello Dental Family – welcome to ComfyDent Smiles!
I am incredibly honored you chose to entrust me with your oral healthcare needs. I love dentistry because it changed my life, and I want to be here for you. Sometimes dentistry can be scary and most dread those twice-a-year-appointments and can't wait to cross it off their to-do list. That was once me. But as someone who spent my teenage years in braces, palatal expanders, and headgear, I know first-hand how it feels. I was told that my mouth was too small for my teeth so I needed a miracle to 'fit my teeth inside my mouth' ... and that is how I got introduced to dentistry...
I loathed my teenage years because of this. I hated dentists, and I hated how uncomfortable the whole ordeal was. It didn't help that I was not the best at flossing (let’s be honest - I finally started flossing when I was in college! Yes - I can't judge anyone; I was the worst!). As a result, I got tons of cavities, which added to my dental nightmare. It all changed the day my braces were off and I saw myself in the mirror. For the first time ever I finally felt pretty. I finally had a pretty smile like my sister and no one would call me “Bugs Bunny” any longer. (See for your self.... yup that was me - notice my sister's perfect teeth!)
I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Biochemistry, BS. I got my MS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of North Texas at Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. I then moved to Los Angeles, California where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University Of Southern California. Yes, I am a Longhorn and a Trojan! Hook'em and Fight on!!!
After completing dental school, I joined The Army and served on active duty for four years. I got to hone my dental skills while working alongside and under the supervision of different specialists. I was stationed in Fort Hood, TX where I had an honor and privilege of caring for our brave service men and women.
Upon completing active duty, I moved back to Austin. For two years I worked at different dental offices in town; some owned privately by other dentist and some by big corporations. Coming from the military, where we had the highest standard of care and the highest quality of materials, I was disappointed at some of the things I saw in this ' civilian' world. Certain clinics felt like an assembly line where the only goal was producing money! Taking care of patients was near the bottom of the priority list. My heart ached and I knew I couldn't practice dentistry like that! Dentistry changed my life for better and I wanted to be able to do the same for others. So I chose to take a leap of faith and branch out on my own.
My humble abode where I hope you will feel right at home. I will only provide the kind of dentistry I would want to be performed on me, with the highest level of care, attention to detail, best materials and the newest technology. I take pride in my work, and your comfort is my number one priority. I don't want you to dread your dental appointments; nor do I want you to ever worry that someone is just selling dentistry to you so they can profit.
I will advocate for your health needs and provide the utmost quality service in a comfortable setting. Doing dentistry the way it should be done - COMFORTABLY!
Dr. Michele Strait has been a certified Invisalign provider for 10 years. She is passionate about helping people achieve a happier and healthier smile in the easiest way possible. Michele was born in Colorado. She moved with her family to Michigan at the age of twelve and has lived there ever since. Michele completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Michigan.
Soon after graduation, Michele practiced in Chicago before permanently moving to Austin. After practicing for several years in group practice, Dr. Michele saw the demand for straight teeth with clear aligners. She envisioned Simply Aligners as a place where people could get the smile they always wanted without the complication of going to the dentist office. In 2018 her dream came true when she took Simply Aligners from conception to reality. The Simply Aligners philosophy is to take away the barriers for people to improve their smile and their life. Simply Aligners is the most recognized place to come for Invisalign® for Dr. Strait's expertise, accessibility, and exceptional patient experience with clear fixed pricing.
Michele loves to practice dentistry and cherishes each opportunity to make a positive difference in her patients’ dental health. Furthermore, she is both passionate and committed to continued learning and maintaining her leadership role in modern dentistry. Dr. Strait is a board member of the American Academy of Clear Aligners. She is a leader in the industry and travels around the country to teach other dentists on best techniques with Invisalign.