By DrBicuspid Staff

March 3, 2011 -- Smile Brands, a provider of business support services to dental groups in the U.S., plans to open at least 30 and as many as 40 new offices this year, the company announced.

By the end of 2011, Smile Brands expects to have up to 362 affiliated dental offices in the U.S. operating under the Bright Now Dental, Monarch Dental, and Castle Dental brand names, including other local brands.

Following its acquisitions of Monarch Dental in February 2003 and Castle Dental in June 2004, Smile Brands has increased its total number of affiliated dental offices by 116% in seven years. During 2010, Smile Brands opened 23 new offices.

The first new affiliated dental offices to join Smile Brands' growing roster in 2011 include a Castle Dental office in Houston and a Bright Now Dental office in Fountain Valley, CA. Both offices are scheduled to open on March 4, 2011, the company said.

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