University Place Smiles

About University Place Smiles

University Place Smiles is an outstanding family, cosmetic, and general dentistry and orthodontics practice in University Place, Washington, led by a skilled team of dentists.

University Place Smiles offers a friendly, welcoming environment for dental patients of all ages. It serves patients in and around University Place, Tacoma, Lakewood, and Firecrest, Washington.

Patient well-being is a top priority at University Place Smiles. Friendly dental providers deliver exceptional, professional care in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Patients with crooked, misaligned, decaying, or damaged teeth, as well as those with gum disease, can rely on the dental experts at University Place Smiles for optimal oral health care and a better quality of life.

University Place Smiles offers teeth cleanings, dental X-rays, periodontics care, dental implants, braces, Invisalign®, crowns, bridges, and teeth extractions. The practice also provides veneers, teeth whitening, pediatric dentistry, preventive dentistry, root canals, and emergency dental care.

The University Place Smiles team completes ongoing continuing education courses. They use the most current dental techniques and technologies available to ensure patients achieve smiles they’re proud of and dental treatments that cater to patients’ unique needs to ensure superior results.

When patients arrive at University Place Smiles for their visits, they’re greeted by friendly, compassionate providers without long wait times. The experienced dental specialists offer sedation to ease dental anxiety and use cutting-edge methods to keep patients’ smiles beautiful for a lifetime. 

The University Place Smiles team warmly welcomes new and existing patients to the practice and looks forward to each and every visit.

To schedule an appointment at University Place Smiles, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Patients Reviews

the lady who took my x rays, ariah, she gets 5 stars. i am a person with high anxiety, my mother was researching dentists and we thought this would be the best one. so we made an appointment with dr lee. very unfortunately, we had to change my appointment and i got stuck with dr chi. back track a little: the person who polished my teeth didn’t introduce herself nor would she call me by my name. it was extremely uncomfortable to be called pet names while someone’s hands are in your mouth. ex: baby girl, sister, cutie, sissy. not professional. she also did not let me know before switching tools and it took me by surprise. she dug into my gums so violently while flossing, that i was still spitting up blood 30 minutes later. chi came in. he asked if i was there for A cavity. i said im aware i have a few, and yes that’s the reason im here. he laughed at me and said “yeah. a few” he did not tell me i have 18 cavities. i asked him how many there were and he didn’t answer. he wants me to have surgery to take my singular wisdom tooth out, and when i explained that i might not want an invasive surgery because my tooth is not causing me pain, he dismissed that and said i need an extraction. later i find out that my roots are grown in sideways and that’s why he suggested surgery. chi did a cleaning on my teeth, directly after finishing, he said “okay see you next time” and walked out. the person who gave me my bill told me how many cavities i have and WHY i should get my wisdom tooth out. over all, the staff was pleasant, but my experience with doctor chi and the technician who polished my teeth is why im leaving a 1 star review.
Courtney F.
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I have been a client here for a few years. One of my biggest fears is going to the dentist but they are great with dealing with situations.Dr Lee is amazing. Yesterday I had an appointment with dr.Lee she was amazing the dental assistant Latoya was even so helpful she helped calm me down when I freaked from an anxiety and pain from numbing shots I knew I had to adult up. At the end The admin Ariah who helped explain payment options for quite a while was very patient and understanding helped me with what I needed. That I what I love about this place! Amazing customer service they try to help you in whatever way they can possible see you guys again!
SHELBY H.
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Dr. Lee is very considerate and concerned about my oral health. When she does the work she is very gentle.
David D.
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A unique service
Allen H.
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Dr. Lee is a great dentist and cares about her patients. I feel good coming here.
KEITH J.
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Very skilled and calm demeanor. Everything explained clearly about procedure for implant. No pain for extraction of tooth, while I usually don't like going to the dentist, with Dr. Lee it was a pleasant experience.
James B.
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It went so well.
Erin F.
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Worst experience of my entire life !!! I was referred for 2 extractions. When they sat me down they didn't ask if I was breastfeeding ..which I am.. they didn't ask if I was allergic to any medication which I am (penicillin) the dentist comes in takes the numbing gel rubs it on both teeth and immediately starts STABBING ME with the novacane in my gums. The dental assistant and dentist both weren't saying much of anything. After he stabbed me with the numbing he IMMEDIATLEY STARTS RIPPING OUT MY WISDOM TOOTH THAT WAS PARTIALLY BROKEN. He didn't wait at all for the numbing to kick in or test to see if I could feel anything! Which I could!! I start yelling because it hurts extremely bad because he didn't wait for the numbing to do its job and the dental assistant says YOU HAVE TO TRY NOT YELL! I then begin shaking and crying and the dentist says do you still feel that.. I say yes and he says ok this going to hurt but I'm going to have to numb you more and starts stabbing me in the roof of my mouth! I was so shocked up by this experience that I had to wait to drive away because I was shaking so badly. Dr. Chi was extremely rough and not friendly at all!! I'm 33 years old and have never experienced such trauma like what I was put through at this dental office !!! If you go here DON NOT GET DR CHI! I WOULD GIVE A ZERO IF I COULD !!!!!
Kerrin F.
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As someone with high anxiety when it comes to medical centers and dental offices, Dr. Lee has been nothing short of amazing in trying to ease this and with helping me create a plan to get my dental health and concerns where they need to be. Would highly recommend. ♡
Sierra M.
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I hadn't been to the dentist in nearly 8 years. That was back when I was a teenager and still loathed dentistry. My wisdom teeth aches finally convinced me I had to go in. All that dread of having to return for uncomfortable procedures was alleviated by the politeness and kindness of the staff. All the assistants and secretaries were friendly and knowledgeable about my concerns. Dr. Lee's work was quick and effective. I'm definitely going back there for my next cleaning. Highly recommend!
Alexander R.
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Quick and easy
Katara H.
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Communicated well
Sun A.
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Dr. Lee is always cheerful and immediately puts you at ease. She did excellent work in replacing my bridge and cleaning my teeth. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a good Dentist.
Irene C.
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Let's face it No one wants to see a Dentist. But that's because you haven't been to the University Smiles Clinic. Not only is the staff helpful and knowledgeable but when you have to have a Bunch of teeth pulled, like I did, and there is NO PAIN from start through the healing process, that is Wonderful, I mean NO Pain at all, I would Highly recommend this Dentist to my Family and Friends. GREAT TEAM of Dentist's, THANK YOU!!!
Joann W.
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=)
Artem S.
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The staff and doctors are always so helpful.
Derek K.
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Very friendly. Fast check in. Very engaging with patients. Offers tips for improvement for following appointment/s
Hajime M.
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Dr Lee is caring and informative
Yvonne C.
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Both Dr. Lee and her assistant were very accommodating checking frequently on my comfort. In addition, the front office staff was friendly and most helpful.
Erin M.
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Very warm and gentle tone. Very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Speaking in layman's terms. Quick precise and welcoming. Well appreciated God Bless
CHRISTINE G.
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I love my dentist she is amazing and always does a great job she makes me feel so much better about the work I’m having done because I have always had dental anxiety! She is the best!
BARBARA G.
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I had a wonderful experience with the University Place Smiles team. Dr Lee made the treatment so much easier than I had feared and was a true pro. My first contact with Maliyah made the process of getting a same day appointment so painless. I can not recommend the team at University Place smiles enough. John
John B.
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Very good
Betty E.
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Everybody there was very nice and helpful. I will be going back to them for any dental I might have. Very pleasant experience.
Karen M.
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This is a great place to go take care of your teeth. The team was very professional examining and providing with solutions by priority. My family have been going with them for a complicated process (Implant, Root Canal, Crown, etc) and then for keeping up and cleaning. Every visit is like visiting friends. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Especially thanks to Dr. Chi for or generosity and kindness!! Thank you all!!
Jungim P.
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Frendly,very professional. Made sure that i understood everything they were doing.
Marcia N.
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De Lee is very kind and explains things very well to me. She makes me feel at ease and comfortable, even though I had to keep my mouth open for a very long time. My other crowns she has done have turned out to look very good and have received compliments. So I hope my permanent crown this time will too.
KRISTEN R.
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Great
Amy G.
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Dr Lee is very personable, professional, and thorough. I feel very confident as a patient.
Andrew W.
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Fast and easy! Nice and polite staff!
Adriana N.
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They care about the patients very very well.
Sreyrot C.
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Warm and welcoming
Terri W.
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Professional & friendly, great service from Dr Lee & her staff.
Susan A.
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Professional, informative, and personable. Thanks Dr. Lee
Clarence W.
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My husband had to get a lot of work done and we were very pleased. Now I’m get work done and so far so good. I really like Dr. Chi, he makes me feel very comfortable.
Paula K.
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Dr.Lee was so nice an very kind to me. She didn’t make me feel bad for any issues and we really talked about a plan. She made me feel all around better, my last experience with another dentist was not the best but, Dr.Lee has restored kindness to me. She also had an amazing dental assistant. Great Dr. great clinic.
RACHEL D.
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Was good that day.
Dawn R.
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Did good the day.
Dawn R.
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Friendly and kind atmosphere... and of course, professional service was my experience. He does care for people and it shows in his conversations and actions. Highly recommended
Micheal C.
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Dr. Lee and staff are always nice and welcoming. Dr. Lee is a wonderful dentist, who truly cares about her patients. She is kind and explains everything she is doing.
LYNDA L.
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Had a crown procedure yesterday with Dr. Byun, from start to finish everything was efficient and pleasant. I had chipped a tooth, was explained the costs, (very reasonable) and the work was done same visit. Amazingly steady hands, and cool demeanor, it would be hard to find a better dentist and staff IMHO. Would highly recommend
JAMES B.
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Quick & painless.
STEVEN K.
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There isn’t a word worthy enough to describe how wonderful Dr Chi is. Having been to a handful of dental offices I must say that every single staff member I have come across has met me with such positive, sincere care. Malia went out of her way to explain every step of the financial breakdown for my surgery. When I told her I had lost confidence in my smile and I can’t wait to get it back as I filling out my paperwork, she looked at me and said, “That right there is why I work in the dental industry” I can’t recommend University Place Smiles more. Dr Chi, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have given me my smile back. I can’t wait to continue to get care from you as well as my whole family. You guys are such a great team.
Elizabeth S.
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My experience was great.
Sally M.
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professional, accurate and caring
Daniel C.
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I called them to make an appointment for emergency extraction. They got me an appointment the next day. They did X-rays and the extraction. I was in and out within a little over a hour. The employees were very friendly helpful and the office was nice and clean.
Christian R.
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Requirements for patient masking in the waiting room is pretty ridiculous at this point. I saw multiple staff walk in the front door sans masks. My treatment by the dentist and assistant was excellent. Thank you for your care and concern.
Erin M.
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Great dentist I have bad anxiety and ptsd and have been scared of dentist for a long time they didnt put me through any scary trauma other dentist have and got my teeth out without me hurting or freaking out
Alex H.
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The ladies in the office were extremely kind, helpful and professional.
Pura G.
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Confidence in Dr Chi
Clinton D.
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Quick easy, the staff and doctor made sure I understand the procedure and information being presented.
FRANKIE R.
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The doctor and staff were very professional. They were concerned for my comfort during the extractions. I would recommend this dentist.
Patricia A.
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Appointment went good Everything was on time got in an out very nicely
Skyler W.
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Dr. Lee and chair side staff were very polite knowledgeable and experienced.. They worked smoothly together. The removal of 9 teeth at one time was a lot. But they made the uncomfortable experience the best it could possibly be.
William S.
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Very good
MARCIA X.
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Excellent steady hand skills. Explains patients concern in detail. Very knowledgeable and with confidence. Helps patients with peace of mind.
Lucia P.
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She is amazing. She makes me feel welcomed and cared for. All the staff are respectful and nice.
Hannah Y.
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Dr Lee and staff r so nice They explain everything and make me feel very comfortable I actually enjoy going to the dentist
LYNDA L.
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Very kind
Melissa G.
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Very friendly and caring
Sreyrot C.
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Always a good time coming here. I am always comfortable and everyone is so nice.
MIA S.
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It was good
Estella W.
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Very professional and caring staff. I'm pleased with my visit and looking forward to my treatment.
Suzanne H.
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Dr. Byun and her assistant, Bria were friendly and professional. I really enjoyed my visit. Thank you.
Miguel C.
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I always enjoy coming in for my routine cleaning and I know they'll assist the best that they can if I have any concerns in regards to my teeth.
Fatima M.
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excellent service and experience. My wife and I appreciate Dr. Lee and staff.
Uwe G.
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With some past negative experiences with dentists, I had a lot of anxiety and fear going to take care of a couple teeth that needed to be pulled. Dr.Lee and her staff were extremely understanding, kind, respectful and really helped me get through the procedure and make a plan for the future. It was something I've never experienced in a dental office and I will highly recommend.
TESSA W.
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This office is amazing ! I don’t like going to the dentist but the vibe here is just right very professional aaand homey at the same time. Dr.Byun does a great job. She’s very general and thorough which I love . All the Dental Assistants Hailey , Hannah, Brea, Jessica, Adrienna and Amariah (I’ve been there pretty often lately) are all amazing and very knowledgeable as well ✨
BREA B.
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Pleasant
Ina C.
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It was good
Katara H.
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Everyone was very pleasant, the Dr was very good about explaining the next steps. I overall feel good about my experience and will go back to get the work done that is needed. I am not a fan of the dentist and I felt comfortable and at ease.
AMY V.
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Always satisfied. I feel confident that my smile is going to be beautiful and last.
Renee R.
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I like it its a nice friendly Place take good care of my teeth
Valerie S.
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Dr. Chi makes me laugh and that alone helps me relax.
Paula K.
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She’s so great and patient.
Lilian M.
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University Place Smiles

3838 Bridgeport Way W,
University Place, WA 98466
Hours Of Operation:
Monday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
Closed