Located in Springdale, Arkansas, the Smile Center offers you excellent
dental services in an atmosphere of comfort and ease. This, combined with
a solid reputation for providing affordable, convenient care has made us the
number one dental clinic in the area throughout our 40-year history!
Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date
techniques and practices in the industry today - and do so with a gentle
touch that gives you the confidence you deserve.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
- Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Dentures
- Veneers, KOR Whitening
- Implants, Root Canals
- Tooth Extractions including Wisdom teeth
- IV and Oral Sedation
- Invisalign Orthodontics
Dr. Corey Nichols
To Dr. Corey Nichols, dentistry is an art that positively impacts the way a person
looks and feels about themselves. He finds great satisfaction in seeing a patient
proudly showing off their smile. Dr. Nichols is excited to be a part of the Smile Center
team, joining in the long tradition of excellence in dentistry in the Springdale
Dr. Nichols attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate education,
followed by dental school at the University of Nebraska where he earned his Doctorate
of Dental Surgery. Here he was awarded the Quintessence Publishing Award for
Restorative Dentistry. He has a passion for learning dentistry's newest technology
and most effective treatments. Also, as a member of the American Dental
Association, Dr. Nichols is able to collaborate with his peers on a multi-disciplinary
A native of Springdale, Dr. Nichols feels very blessed to serve the community where
he grew up. He is married to his wonderful wife, Chelsey, a photographer, and they
have two dogs, Mocha and Sage. When he's not in the office, Dr. Nichols can be
found with family, fly-fishing or on the golf course. He has always been an avid golfer,
and after living in Nebraska for four years, he has taken up hunting as well. Dr.
Nichols' faith in Jesus Christ has led him to live a life where he can hear the words,
"Well done my good and faithful servant."
Dr. Steven Hankins
To Dr. Hankins, being a dentist is one of the greatest jobs in the world, and he
feels the most fulfilled when he walks out of the office each day knowing he has
given his patients the best possible treatment.
With the belief that dentistry combines the structural component of engineering
and the aesthetic component of art, Dr. Hankins strives to align both in order to
provide work that is foundationally strong and cosmetically beautiful!
Dr. Hankins graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Biology
and received his doctoral degree in dental surgery from the University of
Tennessee. In 2013, Dr. Hankins began practicing in Jonesboro and Marion,
Arkansas, and then spent the following two years practicing in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Here he received mentorship training in Advanced Surgery and Pediatrics. He
moved to Springdale in 2016, after completion of his wife's residency program
with Children's Hospital in Dallas, and began working at the Smile Center. Dr.
Hankins says one of his favorite things about working at the Smile Center is
hearing all the unique life stories from his patients.
A believer in continuing education he has completed over 200 hours of hands-on
training in Advanced Endodontics, Implant Dentistry, Orthodontics (Invisalign),
Smile Design, and Sedation Dentistry. He is one of the few general dentists in
NW Arkansas to have received licensure to administer moderate sedation, a
designation only offered through certification with the Arkansas board of dentistry.
He is a member of American Dental Association and the Arkansas State Dental
A Springdale native, Dr. Hankins is married to a pediatric dentist named Amanda.
They are blessed to have a daughter, Lennon, a son, Adler, and a lovable boxer
named Tank. When he isn't working, you'll find Dr. Hankins at the gym or with his
family. Dr. Hankins believes that exercise is critical to not only his own wellbeing,
but also to helping him give his patients a higher level of service. Dr. Hankins is
also involved with the University of Arkansas organization Men Sharpening Men,
through which he provides Biblical mentorship to college students. He and his
family are members of Fellowship Bible Church and are proud supporters of the
Arkansas Children's Shelter.
Dr. David Gray
Dr. David K. Gray loves helping his patients realize new smiles as he gets to know
them and their families. The lasting relationships he has created with each patient are
one of the many reasons why dentistry is his passion. Dr. Gray is the son of a dentist
who practiced for 45 years. Through his father's inspiration, Dr. Gray is proud to serve
such a noble profession with the opportunity to change people's lives on a daily basis.
He has been practicing since 1982 and is a native of Newport, AR Arkansas.
Dr. Gray received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Arkansas
and then went on to get his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Missouri -
Kansas City School of Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental
Association and Arkansas State Dental Association. He is an active member of the
Academy of General Dentistry, which emphasizes and requires continuing education.
He attends several seminars and classes each year in order to stay current with the
ever-changing science of dentistry.
Dr. Gray has lived in Springdale, Arkansas since 1997. He is married to Christina with
whom he has a son, Travis, and daughter, Kelsey. Dr.Gray is an avid Razorbacks fan,
attending most of their games and also supports the Northwest Arkansas Naturals
baseball team. He enjoys most outdoor sports such as camping, hiking, white-water
rafting, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and golf, as well as photography, music,
cooking, and traveling. Dr. Gray is a member of the Springdale Rotary Club and the
First United Methodist Church of Springdale.
Dr. Hayden Byrd
To Dr. Byrd, the most rewarding aspect of being a dentist is seeing a patient
leave happier than when they arrived. Dentistry allows him to combine the best
parts of art and science to provide an aesthetic and functional result of which his
patients can be proud.
Dr. Byrd is originally from North Little Rock, Arkansas but graduated from the
University of Arkansas with a degree in Kinesiology. He then received his doctoral
degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He is a member of the
American Dental Association. He is proud to return to Northwest Arkansas and
join The Smile Center in providing the best oral care to the Springdale
Outside of the office, Dr. Byrd enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife,
Amanda, and his dog, Wrigley. He enjoys spending time outside whether that be
playing golf or floating down one of Arkansas' many rivers. Dr. Byrd loves all
things Razorbacks and traveling to Chicago to see his favorite baseball team, the
Cubs, play at Wrigley Field.