“What I love most about dentistry is the life-long impact patients can have-whether it’s after a new, beautiful smile or when one regains the ability to speak and chew properly. The best motivator and driving force behind what I do is the confidence that I can return to my patients. With all the advancements in technology and dental materials, dentistry is becoming more accessible and we, as doctors, are now better able to provide the best care for our patients. I am extremely happy to be a part of the dental field during this very exciting time in the profession.”
Originally from Miami, Florida, Dr. Valdes was raised in a large Cuban family where Spanish was her first language. Dr. Valdes completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in 2015, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her dental education brought her to North Carolina, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry in 2019.
One of Dr. Valdes’ greatest passions is being able to give back to the community. While in dental school, under her tenure as Co-President of the Hispanic Dental Association, she started a free volunteer dental clinic, Vidas de Esperanza, located in Siler City, NC. Dr. Valdes also had the opportunity to provide quality care to the surrounding under-served community of the Triangle area as a coordinator for the Student Health Action Coalition. Here, she helped organize and manage free dental clinics every Wednesday night during her third year of dental school at UNC.
Dr. Valdes accomplished extensive clinical training in all areas of general dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics (root canals), Prosthodontics (crowns, bridges and partial/complete dentures), Oral surgery (extractions and dental implants), Periodontics (having to do with the gums and underlying bone), Orthodontics (traditional braces, as well as Invisalign), and Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Hispanic Dental Association, and the North Carolina Dental Society.
When Dr. Valdes is not in the office, you can find her appreciating the outdoors, hiking through the mountains, and riding her bike through the WNC trails. She also enjoys spending time with her family and salsa dancing.