“I began developing an interest in orthodontics while I was in dental school. When I was seventeen years old I had eight permanent teeth extracted prior to having braces. Two weeks after the extractions, I dislocated cervical vertebrae number seven (broke my neck). My parents diverted the discretionary resources to cover the neck injury instead of covering the orthodontic care. For the next 4-5 years, my extraction spaces drifted together without any guidance and my bite was not corrected. While in dental school, I learned more about the ideal bite (occlusion). I quickly realized how unstable and dysfunctional my bite was from all the spaces drifting together on their own. My bite was too difficult to correct by the dental school student treatment criteria. I had to seek a consult from a private practitioner. This required additional funds beyond my dental school student loans. I was given an opportunity to work in the evening doing lab work in the office where I received treatment. This helped to reduce the financial strain. After two and half years, my braces were removed and my long-awaited smile was revealed. My orthodontic residency training help me understand more about my own treatment and the results I received.”
Born and raised in Mississippi, Dr. Chris Henry attended Mississippi College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry before he started dental school. While at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, he completed a dental materials research project on the thermal and mechanical fatigue testing of composite material for full coverage crowns. The results were presented at the annual Academy of Dental Material meeting in 1995 in Bermuda. During dental school, Dr. Henry also worked for a local orthodontist who provided him with further insight and training in his future profession. His passion for pediatric care and orthodontics led him to his first residency training at the University of Kentucky, where he earned a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. One day after completing his pediatric residency, Dr. Henry began his second residency in Orthodontics at Saint Louis University, where he earned a Master’s of Science in Dentistry.
During this period, he taught part-time in the orthodontic department at Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine and found time to work as a pediatric dentist in the local Boys and Girls clinic in downtown St. Louis. His master thesis evaluated the temporomandibular joint stability post orthodontic treatment with a Herbst appliance with Dr. Terry Dischinger. After completing his orthodontic residency, Dr. Chris Henry was an associate in a practice in Jackson, Mississippi.
In 2003, he purchased an orthodontic practice in Fairbanks, Alaska, and he completed the requirements to become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics shortly after the move. Dr. Henry has continued to diversify his training by attending continuing educations from Pete Dawson, Terry Selke, Frank Spears, and John Kois. This additional training has given Dr. Chris Henry the confidence and expertise to treat complex restorative cases.
When Dr. Chris Henry is not seeing patients, he enjoys time with his family and staying in shape. He has completed numerous marathons, two grueling ultra-marathons, and a half Ironman triathlon. Dr. Henry was a part of a curling team while in Alaska. Since moving to Florida, he stays busy keeping up with his twin nephews who are soccer fanatics, a niece who’s a level nine gymnast, and a four-year-old, full-of-energy, nephew. He looks forward to giving back to the St. Johns community and having the opportunity to meet all new patients. With his attention to detail, empathy, and expertise, Dr. Henry is excited to help you unleash your smile!