Panama City Dental Office Merges With Long-time Dental Office, Plans New Facility

PANAMA CITY, FL — A long-time Panama City dentist has retired after merging his dental practice with the elite dental team at Panama City Smiles.

Dr. Carlton Schwartz practiced dentistry for 45 years — all in Panama City — before officially retiring in November and leaving his practice to Dr. Anish Patel and the staff at Panama City Smiles. In a letter to his patients, Dr. Schwartz said he spent many years searching for the right dentist to assume his practice. He selected Panama City Smiles because of its comprehensive care and ability to treat patients with compassion and professionalism.

“We wish Dr. Schwartz the very best in his retirement and look forward to working with these new patients,” said Dr. Patel, who operates Panama City Smiles. “I have worked closely with Dr. Schwartz to make sure these patients experience a seamless transition and receive the care they need.”

The merger is one of two major changes happening at Panama City Smiles in the next year. Dr. Patel is in the process of constructing a larger stand-alone facility. The new dental office will include state-of-the-art technology, private operatories for patients, and additional patient amenities.

The new office will open in 2017. Dr. Patel moved into his current facility at 2011, and he plans to finish his dental career in Panama City.

“Dr. Schwartz dedicated his entire career to helping residents in Panama City maintain better oral health,” Dr. Patel said. “It’s our mission to continue that legacy by giving our patients the best possible care.”

Panama City Smiles, 1022 Harrison Ave., offers general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and orthodontics for adults and children. The practice uses the latest technology to provide quality dental care to its patients. Dr. Patel uses digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure, and intraoral cameras to teach patients about proper oral health techniques.

As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Patel provides durable porcelain veneers, dental crowns, KoR whitening deep bleaching and ClearCorrect, a system that uses clear aligners to straighten crooked teeth. ClearCorrect is virtually undetectable and can correct crooked teeth, gapped teeth and mild bite issues.

Dr. Patel, who grew up in England, earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and then his dental degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Patel is committed to advancing his skills in dentistry and takes more than 100 hours in continuing education every year. Following dental school, he completed a three-year program on progressive orthodontics and has extensive training in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

Panama City Smiles hosts Dentistry From The Heart every year, giving away thousands of dollars in free dental care to underserved or uninsured adults. The dental office treats about 100 patients during every Dentistry From The Heart event, and works with the community to provide participants free dental services.

To learn more about Dr. Patel or Panama City Smiles’ free day of dentistry or cosmetic dentistry services, visit the website at or call the office at 850-588-0185.

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