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About Purnell Ortho
About Purnell Ortho
State-of-the-art, affordable & personal

ORTHODONTIC Care

Orthodontic treatment straightens teeth but did you know it does so much more? Whether using braces or Invisalign, the goal of orthodontics is a beautiful smile, and equally important a healthy bite. At Purnell Orthodontics, our approach takes into account your facial appearance and how we can improve it by moving your teeth, or modifying growth in childhood and adolescence. 

Dr. Purnell uses state of the art digital imaging and a thorough examination to tailor treatment for you. Dr. Purnell’s attention to detail, artistic disposition, advanced training, and dedication to service makes him the right choice for your orthodontic needs. 

State-of-the-art,
affordable & personal

ORTHODONTIC Care

Orthodontic treatment straightens teeth but did you know it does so much more? Whether using braces or Invisalign, the goal of orthodontics is a beautiful smile, and equally important a healthy bite. At Purnell Orthodontics, our approach takes into account your facial appearance and how we can improve it by moving your teeth, or modifying growth in childhood and adolescence. 

Dr. Purnell uses state of the art digital imaging and a thorough examination to tailor treatment for you. Dr. Purnell’s attention to detail, artistic disposition, advanced training, and dedication to service makes him the right choice for your orthodontic needs. 

WHAT WE OFFER

ADULT TREATMENT
Metal Braces
PHASE I TREATMENT
Child + Adolescent treatment
invisalign
ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY
Clear Braces
INTERVENTIONAL TREATMENT
COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT

WHAT WE ACHIEVE

A beautiful smile   |   Attractive facial harmony   |   Greater health of the gums and teeth
An even bite with better function   |   Decreased dental work in future

WHAT WE OFFER

Metal Braces
ADULT TREATMENT
Child + Adolescent orthodontics
PHASE I TREATMENT
Clear Braces
COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT
invisalign
INTERVENTIONAL TREATMENT
ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY

WHAT WE ACHIEVE

A beautiful smile
Attractive facial harmony
Greater health of the gums & teeth
An even bite with better function
Decreased dental work in future

Meet the Orthodontist

Meet the Orthodontist

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Education

Bachelors of Health Science
Suma Cum Laude, Clemson University

Doctor of Dental Medicine
The Medical University of South Carolina

Masters of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Dr. Sam Purnell, DMD

Dr. Sam Purnell is a licensed orthodontist born and raised in the Columbia area. He is proud to serve his community and create the most elite orthodontic experience possible.

Dr. Purnell grew up outside of Columbia in Ballentine, South Carolina. He attended Chapin Schools before finishing his high school career at Ben Lippen School. In addition to being a dedicated runner, leading Ben Lippen to two state cross-country championships, Dr. Purnell was very involved in and enormously shaped by the Faith Presbyterian Church community.

Following high school, Dr. Purnell attended Clemson University graduating with highest academic honors, Suma Cum Laude. While at Clemson Dr. Purnell was involved in Reformed University Fellowship and volunteered for three years as a Young Life leader for middle schoolers. Dr. Purnell started out majoring in Landscape Architecture to compliment his love of the outdoors, art, and design. God had other plans and Sam was soon drawn towards dentistry and the service it could provide locally and in foreign missions.

Dr. Purnell was accepted into the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. It was during dental school Dr. Purnell realized his passion for Orthodontics. He excelled in dental school graduating at the top of his Class. Dr. Purnell was accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s highly competitive three year Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics residency where he received his Masters in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Purnell is married to Katie Tyler Purnell, an internationally published photographer. They have a daughter, Pepper, and two sons, Shepard and Yates. Dr. Purnell loves cooking, art, gardening, and mountain biking. Most of all, the Purnell’s enjoy spending time in their community. Whether enjoying the Saluda River, going to Soda City farmer’s market, or biking the trails at Harbison, Dr. Purnell is wild about Lexington and Greater Columbia. The Purnell family are members of Columbia Presbyterian Church in Cottontown. He can’t wait to meet you and hear your story.

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Dr. Sam Purnell, DMD

Dr. Sam Purnell is a licensed orthodontist born and raised in the Columbia area. He is proud to serve his community and create the most elite orthodontic experience possible.

Dr. Purnell grew up outside of Columbia in Ballentine, South Carolina. He attended Chapin Schools before finishing his high school career at Ben Lippen School. In addition to being a dedicated runner, leading Ben Lippen to two state cross-country championships, Dr. Purnell was very involved in and enormously shaped by the Faith Presbyterian Church community.

Following high school, Dr. Purnell attended Clemson University graduating with highest academic honors, Suma Cum Laude. While at Clemson Dr. Purnell was involved in Reformed University Fellowship and volunteered for three years as a Young Life leader for middle schoolers. Dr. Purnell started out majoring in Landscape Architecture to compliment his love of the outdoors, art, and design. God had other plans and Sam was soon drawn towards dentistry and the service it could provide locally and in foreign missions.

Dr. Purnell was accepted into the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. It was during dental school Dr. Purnell realized his passion for Orthodontics. He excelled in dental school graduating at the top of his Class. Dr. Purnell was accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s highly competitive three year Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics residency where he received his Masters in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Dr. Purnell is married to Katie Tyler Purnell, an internationally published photographer. They have a daughter, Pepper, and two sons, Shepard and Yates. Dr. Purnell loves cooking, art, gardening, and mountain biking. Most of all, the Purnell’s enjoy spending time in their community. Whether enjoying the Saluda River, going to Soda City farmer’s market, or biking the trails at Harbison, Dr. Purnell is wild about Lexington and Greater Columbia. The Purnell family are members of Columbia Presbyterian Church in Cottontown. He can’t wait to meet you and hear your story.

Education

Bachelors of Health Science
Suma Cum Laude, Clemson University

Doctor of Dental Medicine
The Medical University of South Carolina

Masters of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

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