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Christopher Escott, D.M.D.

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Christopher Escott, DMD, MS is a certified orthodontist serving our Central Florida community since 2014. As an experienced orthodontic specialist, Dr. Escott is able to deliver exceptional orthodontic treatment for children and adults using Invisalign, braces, and invisible (lingual) braces. Using meticulous attention to detail and modern techniques, Dr. Escott is able to make orthodontic treatment more comfortable and faster than ever before in our profession. Furthermore, Dr. Escott offers complementary check ups for our younger patients as a free service to help ensure that your children’s teeth, jaws and bite are developing properly. Above all, Dr. Escott promises to give his patients honest recommendations and amazing service. To learn more about what makes us different, see Our Promises to You.

Dr. Escott practices at two locations:

  • Lake Dora Orthodontics – located in Mount Dora and conveniently serving several communities in Lake County, including Eustis, Tavares and Leesburg

Dr. Escott individually owns and operates these offices, allowing him to deliver the highest-quality care without interference from corporate management or outside shareholders.

Dr. Escott is an active member of the Schulman Study Group for Orthodontic Specialists. Membership to this exclusive group is by invitation only and limited to 125 practices in North America. In fact, many of the leading minds in orthodontics are members of the Schulman Study Group. Membership in this group is not only a tremendous privilege for Dr. Escott, but benefits our patients by giving Dr. Escott incredible resources to stay on the cutting edge of orthodontics. Additionally, Dr. Escott is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and American Dental Association (ADA).

Dr. Escott grew up in Yakima, a mountainous, high-desert area on the east side of Washington State. He was fortunate to know as a young man that he wanted to pursue healthcare, and found his passion in dentistry. He began his journey close to home, graduating from Central Washington University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree studying biology and chemistry.

Dr. Escott moved to Florida to begin dental school at Nova Southeastern University in the summer of 2007. While in dental school he narrowed his focus on orthodontics and committed himself to becoming a specialist. As a senior dental student, he was awarded membership to the exclusive Omicron Kappa Upsilon society, a distinction reserved for a small number of students in dentistry. Dr. Escott completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2011, graduating with honors and near the top of his class.

Dr. Escott then began his orthodontic residency, studying for three years at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Admission to this prestigious residency is an honor, as only four dentists per year are selected. This rigorous program trained Dr. Escott in both conventional and cutting-edge orthodontic treatment and appliances, allowing him to deliver orthodontic care at the highest level. Dr. Escott completed his residency in 2014, becoming a certified specialist in orthodontics and earning a Master’s of Science degree in dentistry.

Dr. Escott began practicing in 2012, with his first position as a general dentist in San Antonio, Texas. There, he spent time working at CentroMed, a non-profit community health center helping the underserved population in the San Antonio area. This was a half-time position, which Dr. Escott held while attending residency. Dr. Escott spent two years practicing general dentistry on nights and weekends while completing his full-time orthodontic residency training.

In 2014, Dr. Escott moved to Central Florida to practice at Lake Dora Orthodontics. This practice was previously known as Principe Orthodontics after Dr. Gilbert A. Principe who operated the practice for more than 40 years. Dr. Escott assumed the lead in this practice as Dr. Principe retired. Lake Dora Orthodontics has since thrived under the leadership of Dr. Escott by providing exceptional treatment with personal and attentive care.

In 2016, Dr. Escott merged his team with College Park Orthodontics. Adding a second location allowed the doctor to reach more people in our Central Florida community and make it even more convenient for patients to find a time and location for their visits. College Park Orthodontics was established in 2008 by Dr. Noelle Williams. Dr. Escott took the lead in this practice in order to allow Dr. Williams to transition out to be available for her family commitments.

Outside of the practice, Dr. Escott LOVES getting to the beach and jumping in the ocean. He will take any excuse to SCUBA dive, free dive, go boating, and wake board. He also enjoys underwater photography. If you have some time to kill, ask him to show you some of his dive pics!

Gilbert Principe, D.M.D.

drPrincipe.jpgDr. Gilbert A. Principe has achieved many accomplishments throughout his career-long devotion to orthodontics. A graduate of Florida State University who majored in biology and chemistry, Dr. Principe earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville Dental School. He received specialty training at Washington University, where he earned his Master's Degree in Orthodontics.

As a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Principe established the Navy's first orthodontic department in Asia at the Yokosuka Naval Hospital in Japan. He served as Head of Orthodontics, overseeing treatment at two facilities.

During his years in private practice, Dr. Principe has been actively involved in professional and community organizations. He has served as President of the Florida State Central District Dental Association, the Lake County Dental Society and the Easter Seal Society. He has also served as chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the Florida State Dental Association. Dr. Principe is a Board Certified Orthodontist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a member of the College of Diplomates. Dr. Principe has lectured on orthodontics for 3M Corporation, one of the largest manufactures of orthodontic appliances. He also lectured for Align Technology, teaching the Invisalign® technique. Dr. Principe has treated hundreds of Invisalign candidates and is an Elite Premier Provider with Align Technology.

Dr. Principe and our dedicated team enjoy a reputation for providing personalized, quality orthodontic care for patients of all ages. His enthusiasm for his specialty stems not only from the obvious improvements in aesthetics and health that result from straight teeth, but also from the positive psychological effect of improving self-esteem and confidence that are so important at any age. Dr. Principe's practice offers the latest orthodontic technology utilizing braces that are almost invisible and Invisalign (clear removable appliances) which allows adults to discreetly correct their bite and achieve a pleasing smile.