Meet Dr. Richard Williams

It is a true privilege to be given the trust of my patients, to do something very personal for them. I never take that trust for granted. Because I make my living doing something I love, it feels as though I never have to go to work.

My initial interest in orthodontics was sparked by my family dentist and orthodontist. My teeth were a mess and I was fascinated by the improvement in my smile as I went through treatment. It was and is exciting to me to see the impact a healthy smile has on one’s self-esteem. I am honored by the trust my patients place in me as they seek to improve their oral health and appearance. The most fun I get to have is the day we “uncover” the smile we have worked so hard together to create.

I have been blessed to have practiced here in DeSoto County for my entire career: I came to Southaven in 1983, when I began my orthodontic residence, and I fell in love with the community. In September 1985, I opened my practice.

Over the last 30 years, I have forged so many rewarding relationships with my patients and their families. It gives me great joy now to be treating second-generation patients: children of the children I treated in the past.

Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science in chemistry – University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Tennessee Health Science Center Dental School
  • Master of Science – University of Tennessee Health Science Center Dental School, Department of Orthodontics

I am very involved with organized orthodontics: seeking to both further my knowledge and skills, and to share my knowledge with others. I am the program director of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Tennessee Dental School and have served on the faculty since fall of 1985. There, I am involved in clinical supervision of treatment rendered by our residents. I also teach practice management courses.

Throughout the year, I attend seminars, symposiums, and meetings related to oral healthcare, to learn about developing technologies and new treatment processes. Both my teaching and my participation in continuing education keep me exposed to the most current trends and techniques in orthodontics, and enable me to provide the best care for my patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Orthodontics, board certified
  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists, past president
  • Mississippi Dental Association
  • Mississippi Association of Orthodontists
  • Memphis Association of Orthodontists

Outside the Office

I was born in Jackson, Tennessee, and grew up in Savannah, Tennessee. I currently live in Nesbit with my wife of more than 30 years, Cynthia (Cindy), who teaches at Northpoint Christian School. We have two daughters, Olivia and Meredith, both of whom are training to become physical therapists, and two Schnauzers, Jake and Ellie.

One of my greatest privileges in life is to be a dad, so my passion outside of my faith is my family. I have been given a wonderful soulmate in Cindy and we have enjoyed every aspect of being parents. We probably cherish our trips to the beach as a family the most. I personally enjoy anything outdoors, especially golfing, fishing, and duck hunting.