Dr. Saoly Benson

Meet Dr. Benson

Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Saoly Benson is the proud creator of The Art of Braces in Las Vegas, NV. With many years of training and experience, Dr. Benson built The Art of Braces to celebrate her two passions: orthodontics and photography, blending them together in a beautiful celebration of art. The practice features Dr. Benson’s philosophy that orthodontics is esthetic art first and a science second. Dr. Benson also enjoys sharing her fine art photography throughout her practice and taking portraits of all of her patients after their orthodontic treatment. 

Dr. Benson married her wonderful husband Benjamin on a snowy mountain top and skiied down the mountain in her wedding dress!  In her free time, Dr. Benson enjoys adventuring with her husband, whether it be rock climbing, camping, or skiing.  She and her husband are also proud parents to two wonderful British Shorthair kittens .

 

Skills and Specialties

As an orthodontist, Dr. Benson offers several options for improving the alignment and appearance of her patients' smiles. Dr. Benson has completed 2 years of additional training beyond her orthodontic residency in the Pitts21 Masters Continuum and is well versed in not only obtaining a stable, and funtional occlusion, but also in optimizing smile design for beautiful aesthetics.  When formulating your treatment plan, Dr. Benson considers not only your teeth but also your face, your current age, and how your face and smile will change as you age.  She uses the Smile Arc Protection technique to precisely place brackets on each tooth such that the teeth form a beautiful, wide curve framed by the lips. In addition to braces, Dr. Benson offers her own brand of custom clear aligners, The Art of Aligners, which are all fabricated onsite in the 3D digital lab at The Art of Braces. To help her patients with both their smiles and confidence in their overall appearance, Dr. Benson performs injectable wrinkle treatments with relaxers, like Botox, Jeuveau, and Xeomin, plus dermal fillers like Juvederm and Voluma.

Education and Training

Dr. Benson is a native of the evergreen Washington state, where she earned her first degree, an Associate of Science in Chemistry at Tacoma Community College, while she was also earning her high school diploma. Chasing sunnier days, she moved to Stockton, CA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of the Pacific. She then moved to the University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). While in dental school, Dr. Benson worked on cleft lip and palate research in the craniofacial genetics laboratory and has presented internationally on the topic. One of her favorite memories during dental school was being in Barcelona to present her research when Spain won the World Cup in 2010. She also fondly remembers her time serving on a dental mission in Peru and then backpacking the 26-mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Following her childhood dream to become an orthodontist, she completed a one-year orthodontic fellowship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine. She then completed a 30-month residency in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at UNLV, where she was chief resident and earned the “Outstanding Orthodontic Resident” award. There, she conducted research on 3D imaging and concomitantly earned a Master of Science in Oral Biology. Following 11 long years of intensive higher education, Dr. Benson took the extra step of becoming a board-certified orthodontist, a title held by only one-third of orthodontists in America. This requires voluntarily going through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate the judgment, skills, and knowledge required to provide the highest level of patient care.

Art and Science

During her residency in Las Vegas, Dr. Benson fell in love with the beauty of the southwest and bountiful adventure it had to offer. During her free time, she is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoys hiking, canyoneering, and rock climbing. She takes pleasure in documenting her many adventures through her love of digital photography. It is this love of photography, nature, and adventuring that formed the unique concept for her new practice, The Art of Braces. An artist at heart, Dr. Benson has a keen eye for detail, aesthetics, and harmony, and expresses it in the display of her photographic creations. When you visit the practice, you will be immersed in her gallery in some of the natural treasures that Dr. Benson has discovered. She would like to invite you to come share her passion for artistry, adventure, and life as you go through your own transformational journey toward the smile you always wanted. It is her wish to not only perfect your smile but also for you to experience your very own joie de vivre.

Professional Memberships

As a part of her commitment to providing the best care to her patients, Dr. Benson continues to attend numerous continuing education courses through her memberships in professional associations, like:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics, Diplomate
  • American Dental Association
  • Nevada Dental Association
  • Southern Nevada Dental Society

Awards and Honors

Some of the awards and honors earned by Dr. Benson are:

  • Annual Meeting Award from the American Association for Dental Research (AADR/IADR)
  • Arthur A. Dugoni Dean's Award
  • Certificate of Commendation from the University of the Pacific
  • Chief Resident at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas
  • Community Service Award from the Rotary Club Inka Cusco
  • Honorable Mention from the California Dental Association (CDA) Table Clinics
  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society at University of the Pacific
  • Outstanding Resident Award from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas
  • Outstanding Student Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • President's Medal Nominee from Tacoma Community College
  • Regent's Scholarship at the University of the Pacific
  • Travel Bloc Grant from the American Association for Dental Research (AADR/IADR)

Reviews

"Thank you to The Art of Braces for making this smile even more beautiful and making the experience of having braces so positive that Sofia did want to take them off! To top it off Sofia even got a special board from Dr Benson and her staff! ??????"

N.B.

Facebook

"I highly recommend the art of braces . The girls are all so kind and detail oriented with what they do, I always feel like I’m in safe hands. My smile has never been more beautiful thanks to the treatment Dr. Benson chose for me, my braces have been on for maybe 4-5 months and my teeth have already straightened significantly. This lady knows what she’s doin. Also this goes without saying, out of the technicians a girl that stands out, and goes above and beyond to make me feel welcomed is Sarah Joy! She’s so enthusiastic about the progress my teeth make, and she is always so kind and pleasant to talk to. I can tell she genuinely cares and that means a lot to me! I’ve had nothing but great experiences at my appointments, I look forward to the rest!"

M.C.

Facebook

"As a patient in treatment, I've been delightfully surprised how quality of care and patient experience consistently warrant a 5-star review. I believe it's a reflection of such a special team behind Dr. Benson. Marlou was simply exceptional! Extremely fast, intentionally accurate, all of which was wrapped with thoughtfulness and care. The Art of Braces is certainly fortunate to have her. Thank you Marlou!"

B.B.

Google

"They do the very best job on working on my braces as well as having such nice and amazing staff. I have seen great improvement to my teeth, especially because whenever I have a bracket that has broken off, they are one text away from scheduling me to get it fixed."

L.J.

Yelp

"I had a lower permanent retainer for over 20+ years (how did I age this much?), it broke and I had another orthodontist in town replace it.  This one only lasted a couple years and broke on me. I called them to have it replaced and apparently he does not do  permanent retainers any longer.  I looked around to find someone that did and came across Dr. Benson-yay!The staff is very friendly and welcoming.  Every person there was very professional and kind.  Dr. Benson and I discussed my lower retainer and she called every lab she could to find a similar to my original retainer since I loved it so much!  When I came in for the replacement installation, it was quick and easy.  You can tell that Dr. Benson is very knowledgeable.  She was the one that did my install and was very gentle.  The new permanent retainer is nicer than the last one I had, and was very smooth unlike my last one.  It actually feels like my original one that I loved so much.  It is very nice that Dr. Benson took the time to listen and execute on finding something that would fit what I was looking for.  If you want someone that is knowledgeable, cares and willing to go the extra mile for you-this is your place.  You won’t regret it.  Highly recommend!"

T.B.

Yelp

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