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Dr. Steve Broughton

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Dr. Steve Broughton

Dr. Steve Broughton
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Dr. Steve Broughton

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Dr. Steve Broughton
Light Dental Studios had a humble beginning 1971 as the solo dental practice of Dr. James Zanner. Dr. Broughton took over in 1997 and remains as its CEO and Founder today. Dr. Broughton holds a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College. He then attended the University of Washington and would graduate from the School of Dentistry in 1997.

Dr. Broughton has received several awards including the coveted 1999 American Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award. At the time, there were only 7 other dentists in Washington State to receive the honor. He was honored as the Outstanding Young Dentist of the year in 1998 from the American College of Dentists. This invitation-only society invites less than 2.5% of all dentists in fellowship. He received the 1997 Johnny N. Johnson Award from the UW School of Dentistry, The 1997 Award of Excellence from the American Student Dental Association, and the 1997 Special Achievement award from the Washington State Dental Association.

Dr. Broughton has served on numerous councils and boards in dentistry including:

  • 1997,1998, 1999, chairperson of the Liaison Committee for the Washington State Dental Association
  • 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 Liaison Committee member for WSDA
  • 1998 Alternate Delegate for the American Dental Association House of Delegates
  • 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, Delegate Washington State Dental Association House of Delegates
  • 2001 Legislative Committee. Pierce County Dental Society
  • 2001, 2002 Board of Directors. Pierce County Dental Society
  • 2002 Invited to sit on curriculum “think tank” University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Executive board of Directors, secretary-treasurer, Vice-President, President, Past-President Pierce County Dental Society

Dr. Broughton been married since 1993 to his beautiful wife, Ann. They have two children, Katie and Claire. Outside of work, he enjoys…wait, what’s outside of work mean? Dr. Broughton loves his work and his family and has developed a life with little separation between the two. But, an unwavering LOVE for both.

Dr. Broughton is a member of
American Dental Association (past ADA alternate delegate)

Washington State Dental Association (chairman WSDA Liaison Committee, past HOD delegate)

Pierce County Dental Society (Past-President)

American College of Dentists
American College of Dentists (Outstanding Young Dentist of the Year 1998 – Washington State)

Dr. Broughton believes in a patient-centered approach. The patients comfort and well-being is the driver of every treatment modality.

Dr. Broughton been married since 1993 to his beautiful wife, Ann. They have two children, Katie and Claire. Outside of work, he enjoys…wait, what’s outside of work mean? Dr. Broughton loves his work and his family and has developed a life with little separation between the two. But, an unwavering LOVE for both.

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Frequently Asked Questions


General Information

What is Light Dental Studios?
Light Dental Studios is a comprehensive dental care provider that has been serving the Puget Sound area since 1971.
How many locations does Light Dental Studios have?
We have 21 convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound area to serve you better.
What areas do you serve?
What services do you offer?
Light Dental Studios offers a range of services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, in-house denture lab, orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodontics.
Do you provide pediatric dentistry?
Yes, we offer specialized care for our younger patients to ensure they have a smile worth showing off at every age.
What cosmetic dentistry options are available?
We offer a range of cosmetic treatments including cosmetic bonding, Invisalign®, dental BOTOX®, teeth whitening, veneers, and more to help your smile shine brighter than a polished molar!

Appointments & Operations

How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by calling any of our 21 locations or by visiting our appointment page on our website.
What are your operating hours?
Operating hours may vary by location. Please check the specific location page for details.
Do you offer emergency dental care?
Yes, we do provide emergency dental services. Please call our emergency after-hours number at (253) 719-3070


What is orthodontics, and when should I consider seeing an orthodontist?
Orthodontics specializes in correcting misaligned teeth and bites. If you have concerns about your smile or bite, an orthodontic consultation can help.
What types of orthodontic treatments are available at Light Dental Studios?
We offer a variety of options, including traditional braces and clear aligners, to straighten your teeth effectively.


What conditions do periodontists treat?
Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases. They can help with issues like gingivitis and periodontitis.
When should I see a periodontist?
If you experience symptoms like bleeding gums, gum recession, or persistent bad breath, it's advisable to schedule a consultation with a periodontist.

Pediatric Dentists

What is pediatric dentistry, and why is it important for children?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of children and adolescents. Early dental care helps establish good oral hygiene habits for life.
At what age should my child first visit a pediatric dentist?
It's recommended to schedule your child's first dental visit around their first birthday or when their first tooth appears.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

What procedures do oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform?
These specialists handle a wide range of surgical procedures, including tooth extractions, dental implants, and corrective jaw surgeries.
Is sedation available for oral surgery procedures?
Yes, we offer various sedation options to ensure your comfort during oral and maxillofacial surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the best choice for your procedure.

Disclaimer: These FAQs should help provide valuable information about the different dental specialists available at Light Dental Studios, addressing common questions and concerns that patients may have. Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our doctors for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our office.


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