A little about our Grand Haven office…

The MI Smiles Dental team has over 140 years of combined experience. They have helped transform thousands of smiles in the Grand Haven area.

We’ve always been dedicated to helping patients get the quality dental care they need to maintain healthy smiles. We understand that looking for a new dentist can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be when you choose us. Our Grand Haven dentists provide family dental care for patients of all ages.

General dentistry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral health issues. It’s important that you see our general dentists every 6 months so we can monitor the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw.

Our dentists understand that lifestyle choices and family history affect oral health. For example, our dentists do frequent oral cancer screenings for someone who smokes. Likewise, we closely monitor jawbone tissue after tooth loss. Our dentists understand that oral health and overall health are connected.

We accept the following insurance providers: ADN, Aetna, Alwayscare, Ameritas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Cigna Advantage, Connection, Delta Dental PPO/Premier, Delta Dental Healthy Kids, Dentemax, GEHA, Guardian, Humana, Metlife PDP Plus, Principal, Sun Life, DHA, Tricare, United Concordia, United Healthcare, and Unum.

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He was born and raised in Traverse City, MI and received an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ben continued his education in dentistry by attending and graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

We asked Dr. Ben a few questions so you can get to know him a little better!

What led you to seek a career in dentistry?

“Dentistry has a perfect balance between service and getting patients to not only stable oral health but also systemic health. Educating patients on oral and systemic health is a key aspect of dentistry that I enjoy.”

What is your favorite part about working with patients?

“Getting to know and understand them as people as well as work with them to solve issues to create a better quality of life!”

What is your favorite dental treatment to do?

“I am going to have to go with either Root Canals or Crowns!”

What are your 3 favorite movies?

“Lord of the Rings (series), Blade Runner (original), Star Wars (4-6)”

What are your top 3 favorite musicians?

“Alt-J, Foo Fighters and Seven Lions.”

What do you like to do on a rainy day?

“Either read a book or watch a good TV show.”

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Dr. Rachor was raised on the east side of the state in Grand Blanc, MI. He became a dentist in 1990 after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and has been practicing for over 30 years!

We asked Dr. Rachor a few questions so you can get to know him a little better!

What led you to seek a career in dentistry?

“I have always had a drive in my heart to selflessly serve others. Dentistry gave me the outlet to put that passion in action. This field even granted me the ability to work with my hands, which is something I have been fond of since I can remember.”

Tell us about your family?

“I have been married for 32 years and am the father of 7 beautiful children with 2 daughters being adopted from Guatemala. My wife, our two youngest and I currently live in Ada, MI.”

Who are your top 3 favorite musicians?

“I have to go with The Who, Eagles, and Casting Crowns!”

What are your 3 favorite movies?

“Shawshank Redemption, Outlaw Josey Wales, and Tombstone.”

If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?

“Tennis and if it was the Winter Olympics, definitely one of the Skiing events.”

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

“Maui or Italy!”

What memberships are you currently involved in?

“I am a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry.”

Have you ever published work or been published before? If so, what.

“Yes, my Daughter Sophie and I recently published a children’s book called, “The Friendly Mouse!”

Do you have any exciting plans or any bucket list items you want to check off this year?

“May not get to it this year, but I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail!”

What is your favorite part about working with patients?

“It really just comes down to getting to know my patients on a personal level. I love the uniqueness of different walks of life and understanding perspectives outside my own.”

Did you ever study under a well known individual in dentistry?

“Yes, I have had the pleasure to have studied under a few well known individuals in the dental field!”

Please list some personal achievements.
  • “I am the Founder and President of Transforming Futures Charitable Foundation US & Vice President of Transforming Futures Guatemala – At its core, Transforming Futures aims to give Guatemalan children the best chance at having happy, healthy, and prosperous lives. We do this by focusing on their nutrition, education, and development. In 2021 alone, we served more than 190,000 plates. Our Feeding Centers provided daily meals to an average of 530 children who live in extreme poverty. We also finished the construction of an elementary school that will serve more than 170 students and be used as a space for community members to gather, vote, and receive health care. These are a few of the many programs and initiatives we are currently involved in.”
  • “I have had the pleasure of traveling to Guatemala more than 80 times serving and directing mission trips or other relief projects.”
  • “I am the founder of Carriage Town Dental Network, which serves the homeless population in Flint, MI.”
  • “Founder and CEO of Smile Mentorship Institute, consulting and training young professionals. As well as teaching at the University of Michigan and elsewhere.”
  • “Over the years I have had the opportunity to speak at various financial conferences as well as many podcasts.”
Did you ever study under a well known individual in dentistry?

“Yes, I have had the pleasure to have studied under a few well known individuals in the dental field!”

  • Frank Comstock DDS, MS, who is a Hall of Honor Award recipient at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, “He taught in the Department of Operative Dentistry and co-wrote a widely used textbook on the subject. For 15 years he led the Graduate Restorative Program, and he also was instrumental in establishing a dental assistant program in 1961.” These are a few of his many accomplishments.
  • Sigurd P. Ramfjord DDS, “Ramfjord was known internationally for his leadership in establishing the specialty of periodontics (diseases of the gums) on a scientific basis.” In addition, “Ramfjord was active in many dental organizations. He served as president of the American Academy of Periodontology and also served as director and chairman of the American Board of Periodontology,” among many other achievements through his life.
  • James Alyn McNamara DDS, MS, PhD, “Dr. McNamara has published over 240 scientific articles in refereed journals, has written, edited or contributed to 65 books, and has presented courses and lectures in 35 countries,” among many other accomplishments.
How do you treat yourself after a long day of work?

“I love a nice long bike ride, but my favorite is time with family.”

What is your favorite type of treatment to do?

“I would have to say Cosmetic Treatments and Invisalign. I also love working with the latest in Laser Dentistry!”

What do you like to do on rainy days?

“My go to is a good book!”

What is your favorite movie quote?

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” -Shawshank Redemption

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Dr. Knurek grew up in South Lyon, MI. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and Community Health at Central Michigan University. He went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He now lives in Grand Rapids, MI.

We asked Dr. Knurek a few questions so you can get to know him a little better!

What led you to seek a career in dentistry?

Since I can remember I have always loved the sciences and understanding how/why things work. I also have a passion for working with my hands and the dental field allowed me to do just that!

What memberships are you currently involved in?

I am a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society.

How have you improved your expertise in dentistry?

I am passionate about continual education and keeping up with the trends in dentistry. I am a learner at heart and am always looking for ways to improve my craft to provide the best dental care I can for the patients I love!

What other awesome and interesting things could you share about yourself?

If I am not in the office you can find me in one of two places… first being on the golf course. There is nothing like getting out in the sun and playing a round or two! The second place you can find me would be in the kitchen. I often find myself researching new recipes to try and to improve my cooking. If I am not on the links or the kitchen, you will probably find me outside exploring all that West Michigan has to offer!

It can be hard to find a dentist
so why choose MI Smiles Dental Grand Haven?

  • Same-Day Emergency Visits
  • Anxiety-Free Visits With Nitrous Oxide
  • Affordable Membership Plan for Uninsured Patients
  • Dentistry For The Whole Family
  • Latest In Advanced Dental Technology
  • Virtually Any Service You Could Need Under One Convenient Roof

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"Always great service from amazing people. They fix current issues as well as focusing on preventative care to maintain a healthy mouth. Services and products suggested are always shared as that, suggestions. There is no sales pressure, just options to maintain or improve your care. They make you comfortable and are driven by helping anyway they can." Jonathan G.
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"Very nice experience… Had a crown replaced, they were well equipped, informative, thoughtful, efficient, and using the latest materials. Dr. Peiffer has a very comfortable manner in explaining things, highly recommend!" Steven B.
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