The Classic Smile
Richard Short, DMD:
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The Classic Smile
Richard Short, DMD
Medford, MA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Kayla D. from Seabrook, NH (Source: Yelp)


Not only is this office located in a really cool, unique facility, but the staff is spectacular! Cassie and Izzy have been incredible hygenists. I just switched over from a practice I had been going to my entire life. They are very diligent and thorough. The facility is very clean and state of the art. Every dentist and hygenist I have had the pleasure of dealing with has been superb. They really go above and beyond. I highly recommend them! It’s a little bit of a drive for me but worth it.

Heather Michelle Knauf (Source: Google)


If you’re looking for a dentist who knows your name and doesn’t treat you like they are just checking you off the list, come to the Classic Smile. Dr. Short and his team of that hygienists and office staff are amazing. They are always up-to-date with the newest technology and know how to make you feel comfortable.

Skylar Ridabock Ryan (Source: Facebook)


The Classic Smile makes you feel at home right away. The customer service, kindness, and attentiveness of the staff & Dr. Short is unmatched. I went in for a filling earlier this week that I was nervous about. Dr. Short and one of his assistants, Izzy, made sure I was comfortable and knew what was going on during the procedure. It went perfectly! I would definitely recommend the Classic Smile to patients seeking a trustworthy practice with 5 start customer service. 5 stars

Gianna S. from Medford, MA (Source: Yelp)


Couldn’t say anything but good things about Dr Short and his staff.  Nikki was very helpful and comforting. She helped me with a  payment plan and was very knowledgeable with my insurance benefits. Dr Short made me feel like I was one one his patients for over 20 years my first time at the office.  He made my appt stress free and most of all pain free!  I have my daughters switching over from their dentist also now to his office . I never thought I would actually find a great dentist.  The only thing that could have gone a little better was the wait time. I did need to wait about ten minutes but I didn’t really mind after the experience I had at the office.

David Ferguson (Source: Google)


A very efficient, organized,and professional business. Who loves to go to the dentist? Having a place where you feel safe and secure andthat they know what their doing is imperative. This is one such place. Thank you finding a spot in your busy schedule and repairing a cap issue, also promptly addressing past dental disasters. If I was a dentist Id be working here.

Andrei W. from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (Source: Yelp)


I’ve had horrible teeth my whole life and terrible luck with dentists and dentistry before…I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have found this place. Super professional, super courteous, do a good job of explaining everything including technical details of actual procedures. You can tell that the staff here constantly keep up with the latest in dentistry, are authoritative experts in their field and fully epitomize that true professionals never stop learning. I highly recommend Dr. Short and Dr. Gonzales, and they have excellent hygienists. I have been very happy with how they had planned out and performed fillings, dental surgery and orthodontic work. Scheduling has been very accommodative. Yes, parking is a problem, but aside from the two assigned spots there is a whole free municipal parking lot right across the road.

Diana S. from Tewksbury, MA (Source: Yelp)


I never thought I’d be going out of my way to write a review about a dentist, but here we are… I just had the most amazing, stress and anxiety free appointment here. I honestly have never had such a great and thorough dental exam nor have I ever felt so comfortable and trusting of a dentist or dental office before. I’ve had some not so great dentist experiences before and I chose this the classic smile solely based on reviews even though they are out of network for me- and I have no regrets!!! I’m looking forward to my next appointment and definitely plan on letting my friends and family know about this place. If you’re someone who’s anxious and scared or avoids the dentist make an appointment here. Trust me

Andrew Griswold (Source: Google)


I visited on 7/1/20 for a cleaning. I was 3 months overdue because of the Covid shutdown. All of the office safety protocols were excellent and had been explained to me in advance over the phone. I submitted my patient questionnaire on line prior to visiting the office. This was a hygiene visit but Dr. Short also checked in briefly. No problems were found in the cleaning that would require further treatment. I hope to get back on my regular 3 month recall schedule. I have been a patient of the practice since 1993. Thank you Classic Smile for providing safe and compassionate dental care in these very challenging times!

Tracy N (Source: Google)


The Classic Smile team is exceptional among offices of this type in the high level of professionalism among all the staff at all levels and at all times. This professionalism is complemented by the caring and thoughtful approach that everyone takes to patients and to the work. They always seek the best treatment available for patients and are up to date on the latest research and practice. I have never been to another dental office like this.

Felicia R. from Maynard, MA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to the Classic Smile for years and am very happy with my care.   Yes, they do offer a lot of treatments and options, but I’ve never felt pressed into doing one.   The staff and Dr Short explain why they are offering or recommending a procedure, but if I say no, or not now, they are fine with that.   Also, more than once they have recommended a solution to a problem I did not know could be fixed.   I just got some bonding after finishing Invisalign, and I couldn’t be happier with my new smile.   I had no idea it could look this good!  Recommend highly.

Lisa L. from Cambridge, MA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been very satisfied with The Classic Smile for 20+ years for all my dental services – from fillings, root canals, and crowns to veneers and teeth whitening.  My treatment plans were quickly and accurately explained through their state of the art technology and knowledgeable staff.  Plus, the procedures (and there were many) were painless!   I highly recommend The Classic Smile’s competency and friendly staff to everyone.

Ashley H (Source: Google)


I had an Invisalign appointment with Izzy and Dr. Short last Monday and within the first minute of meeting I felt comfortable and confident. Both Izzy and Dr. Short are extremely knowledgeable, caring, and professional. I can’t forget Susan, she kept me updated with appointments that became available before my appointment date. I highly recommend The Classic Smile!

Brian Baxter (Source: Google)


This place is The Best!! They do every facet of Dentistry. No going here or there,then coming back. State of the art equipment. The staff,and Doctors are amazing,and fill you in on everything, every step of the way. Nicky,sadly no longer there, helped me enourmously in getting me financed thru Care Credit,to have my work done. But everyone there is friendly, knowledgeable,and professional,and I would tell Anyone that if looking for a dentist,or to have alot of workdone, that this is the place you want to be.

Breanna Laquidara (Source: Google)


I have been going to The Classic Smile for close to a year now, and I have nothing but absolutely wonderful things to say. I have received both professional whitening and Invisalign from the business and they were so helpful and kind every step of the way. I have personally had the pleasure to have both Katelyn and Izzy as dental assistants, and they are both so kind, understanding, educated, and helpful in every aspect! Dr. Short is an unbelievable doctor and you can tell that it’s a very tight knit office which is always nice to see. I highly recommend this business, the people who are employed there, and am happy to answer any questions people may have!

Wanda Ratliff (Source: Google)


I first saw Dr. Short in Medford in 1988 because of a dental emergency – a cracked tooth from eating popcorn! I liked and trusted him from the start. And even though my husband and I have lived over an hour away for the past 25 years, we continue to drive to Medford to see him. Why? Because he and his entire staff are exceptional. We trust Dr. Short because he treats our dental health as if it were his own. He outlines options and engages us in the decision-making process. We know upfront what our treatment plan is and what the costs will be. And his dentistry is a work of art. You would never know which of our teeth are our own and which have been repaired – or replaced with an implant in the case of my cracked tooth! He and his entire staff, from Susan, the manager in the front office, to Izzy, his dental assistant, and Cassie, his hygienist, are professional, patient, thoughtful, and welcoming. They go out of their way to make us feel comfortable and informed. We can honestly say that we look forward to seeing Dr. Short and all of his staff for our check-ups and other dental needs, which have ranged from on-lays and crowns to night guards and implants. And yes, I still eat popcorn, but not the kernels. Please don’t tell Dr. Short. ; )

James Major (Source: Facebook)


I am grateful a colleague recommended Dr Short to me 18 years ago. The entire staff is very friendly and professional. I feel very comfortable with all treatments and always get a very thorough explanation of my dental health.

Chris Mackey (Source: Google)


Dr. Short, Cassie, and really the entire team are so welcoming, honest, and talented. This is the first dental office that I feel is looking out for patients over the bottom line. The office itself is modern and clean, appointments run on-time, and every person takes the time to listen and answer questions. Great practice!

Iuri Schimanski (Source: Google)


I’ve been going here for over 6 years. The service is always very professional. Everything is very clean. They provide all the details I need, and answer any questions I have. I never felt forced to get anything done that I didn’t want. Staff is super friendly and always remember me, even if I only go there twice a year. I recommend this place to all my friends and family.

Linda Macdonald (Source: Google)


Going to get my teeth cleaned is more like a spa treatment. The staff is warm friendly and very professional. They also have the best music ever. My teeth have never been in such good condition my mouth feels great. Thanks Katherine! And at the end there’s a warm eucalyptus towel and a tooth goodie bag. Who could ask for more.

Brittany W. from Merrimac, MA (Source: Yelp)


I love the Classic Smile! Everyone here is so friendly and very informative. They explain everything they are doing really well and make you feel comfortable. I have Invisalign and I love the outcome thus far. I had to get propel today to speed up the process of moving a certain tooth and their new tool is awesome! It is automatic so no more hand-crank. I couldn’t feel a thing and the process was so quick and easy. I didn’t even have to use novocaine, just a super topical they have that worked great but didn’t leave me numb for hours after. I would recommend this office to anyone in the area, they really take care of you and your needs.

Christopher S. from Malden, MA (Source: Yelp)


I am writing this review so people have a true understanding of the classic smile and its employees, dr short is my dentist and liane is my hygienist. They are both incredible, professional and extremely fantastic at what they do. I have very sensitive teeth and gums and they always make sure I’m very comfortable. Also Nikki and the front staff are great and couldn’t be more efficient and professional. I had an insurance problem and Nikki did everything for me, I didn’t have to do anything. The best part was her sweetness and the way she helped me it was unbelievable. I highly recommend the classic smile I have been too a lot of dentists before the classic smile and no one can hold a candle to them! So if you hate going to the dentist or are nervous as I was try the classic smile and let the professionals handle your dental needs!!

Katie O'Brien (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Short is by far the most knowledgeable and personable dentist of whom I’ve had the pleasure of being a client. Along with his incredible administrative staff and hygienists, they are always very warm and welcoming. They explain things thoroughly and make any procedure or cleaning painless and easy. They make sure you are well-informed, and they maintain a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere. I initially chose them for in Invisalign (which was so cool! My teeth look great!), and after a couple of years, I decided to make the switch to Dr. Short as my dentist because he and his staff are seriously that much better than anyone I’ve ever experienced. I’ll never go anywhere else!

Albert Flores (Source: Google)


Excellent is an understatement, can’t say enough about how great this place is. From the front desk,dental assistant to the doctor. They are so friendly and professional. Super clean and modern office. First time try this dentist and I will never change. If you are looking for a new dentist look no further. Thank you The Classic Smile.

Ari Kendall (Source: Google)


I had grown up going to a dentist I dreaded receiving treatments and care that left my scarred and shaken. Since I found The Classic Smile I have regained the ability, no the desire to go to the dentist. From the warm welcome the second you enter the door to the inviting waiting room and friendly educated staff. Every step of the way the highly skilled technicians dutifully describe every action taken as to put you at ease. Clean quiet private rooms help put a nervous nelly like myself at ease. Dr Short and brilliant wife curate the perfect modern cutting edge hospitable experience that keeps me coming back. I’d recommend their offices to family friends and even strangers alike. If only I could give another star. Thank you guys!!

Phil S. from Waterfront, Boston, MA (Source: Yelp)


The Classic Smile is the best dentist office I have ever been in. I decided to get a new dentist after my old office canceled on me the day of a procedure, and looking back now I am glad they canceled on me. My first visit was an overall exam. Dr. Short and his staff were extremely thorough in looking at every single little thing – I thought I had good dentists, until I had this exam done and realized how much stuff my other dentist just glazed over. After the exam everything was explained to me in layman terms and a plan was put in place. I have since brought in 2 family members for oral exams and will continue to recommend the classic smile to anyone who needs a dentist, or anyone who has a dentist and wants to upgrade.

Lawrence B. from Newton, MA (Source: Yelp)


I have worked closely with Dr. Richard Short via our dental laboratory in the Boston area and I have seen for myself that Dr. Short plans his dentistry with extreme care and thoughtfulness. He is also the dentist who treats my own teeth and I think he’s the best!!! I highly recommend him to anyone seeking the finest in dental care.   Lawrence Brooks DDS

Katie O. from Medford, MA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Short is by far the most knowledgeable and personable dentist of whom I’ve had the pleasure of being a client. Along with his incredible administrative staff and hygienists, they are always very warm and welcoming. They explain things thoroughly and make any procedure or cleaning painless and easy. They make sure you are well-informed, and they maintain a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere. They use only the latest and greatest technology in their procedures and equipment. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. I initially chose them for in Invisalign (which was so cool! My teeth look great!), and after a couple of years, I decided to make the switch to Dr. Short as my dentist because he and his staff are seriously that much better than anyone I’ve ever experienced. I’ll never go anywhere else!

NEboston A. from Boston, MA (Source: Yelp)


Can’t disagree more with previous post!  I am terrified of the dentist and The Classic smile is the only place I  trust for top of the line and state of the art care.  Once my car was toed and I couldn’t make my appointment, another time my child was sick and I have never been charged for rescheduling.  Not only that but I love the girls who work there from the front desk to the assistants.  If you live in the medford area, you need to have Dr. Short as your dentist, he is the best.  But my real favorites are Nicky, Suzanne, Carmen and Ashley.  love the Classic Smile

Sabrina Bellini (Source: Google)


I been to some pretty bad places in the past few years so I grown to get a lot of anxiety around dentist appointments. I picked this place because of the reviews and I swear this place met every expectation and beyond. I worked with Kate and Venessa ( might have been victoria I’m horrible with names but it began with a V) they were great! Omg so much fun we laughed. DR Richard really does care about ensuring you know what he’s doing and why and explains further how everything connects and explains different future treatment plans. It was the most informed I been about my teeth. A lot of the time dentist do things, make weird looks and don’t really explain what’s going on in your mouth. I feel a lot better at where I’m standing and how to move forward. These guys make up a great team. Def recommend.

Kelvin J (Source: Google)


I love the classic smile because of the quality. Quality of the care, professionalism, and most importantly, quality of the people who work there. From the front desk, the hygienists, and Dr. Short, they are all high quality people that make choosing another dentist impossible. I continue to choose the classic smile as my provider even after moving 45 minutes away 10 years ago. I can’t recommend this place enough….they truly are the best at what they do.

Daniel Mccarthy (Source: Google)


I had the opportunity to observe Dr. Short and other doctors at The Classic Smile. They provide comprehensive, cutting edge care to their patients with empathy and respect. Dr. Short and his staff are knowledgeable and efficient and are great at easing anxiety surrounding dental care. If you are looking for a dentist, The Classic Smile would be a great choice!

Bobbi Blades (Source: Google)


I used to hate going to “the dentist” but this place is different. The professionalism combined with caring friendliness is amazing. Even at this time of year the staff are calm and helpful, not hyper. Dr. Short was adept at fixing my chipped front tooth quickly and painlessly. I drive a distance to go to The Classic Smile, but it is worth it! I will be able to smile confidently through the holidays now! Thank you!

Katy Kennedy (Source: Google)


I have been going to Dr. Short since 1979 when I moved into the area. After 19 years of going to Dr. Short and his wonderful staff, I would not go anywhere else. Everything about this dental practice is to perfection. Anyone that is looking for a dental practice that will always be there for you in every way, look no more… give them a call. You’ll be very happy that you did.

Heather Rabaut (Source: Google)


I’ve been going to The Classic Smile for years and I could not be happier! My teeth feel very safe in their capable hands. In addition to helping keep good oral health, they got me in updated retainers from my super vintage retainers. The invisalign retainers are so easy and comfortable to wear! I highly recommend The Classic Smile.

Qunying Fan (Source: Google)


I found The Classic Smile from Google Map and started working with with Dr. Short and his crew for almost 2 years on my very complicated gum disease and bone loss problem. The result so far is absolutely amazing. Dr. Short is thorough, caring, and very patient to explain every bit of details involved in the treatment. I wish I had met Dr. Short earlier, then my teeth would definitely have been in a much better shape. From Liliete at the front desk, Susan at coordination, to the brilliant assistant Izzy, the entire team is so welcoming. Every visit is like coming to home. If you need dental work done properly and with highest quality, I would recommend The Classic Smile without any reservation.