ConfiDent Smile Studio cares for families from Dallas, Lake Highlands, and its surrounding communities. We believe in empowering our patients to embrace their fullest lives by giving them the tools they need to share their best smiles with the world. Dr. Ken Nwankwo and Dr. Leslie Powell offer cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, oral surgery, implants, Smile Design, and much more. Come see how ConfiDent Smile Studio can boost your confidence today!

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Dr. Ken Nwankwo


Dr. Ken Nwankwo

Dr. Ken always wanted to help others with their confidence. He initially wanted to be a facial reconstructive surgeon but decided to pursue general dentistry after a life-changing encounter with a patient.

During his oral surgery externship in Shreveport, LA, Dr. Ken had a patient come in who was filled with anxiety and fear about her upcoming treatment. He put his equipment down and spent time comforting her and helping her understand the cause of her feelings which ultimately helped her get past her fear and anxiety.

After that, he knew that he wanted to pursue general dentistry so he could bond with his patients and forge long-lasting relationships with them built on mutual trust and respect.

Dr. Ken earned a degree from UT Austin and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Texas A&M College of Dentistry. He received his post-doctoral degree from Texas A&M University.


Dr. Leslie Powell

Dr. Leslie Powell was inspired to become a dentist after a dental treatment of her own. The transformative experience piqued her curiosity, and she decided to learn more about dentistry. She was able to observe her dentist at work and saw how much fun they had helping patients, and how fulfilling the work seemed to be. It was then she knew that dentistry was her calling.

She decided to join and eventually lead the University of North Texas Pre-Dental Society before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Texas A&M College of Dentistry.

Dr. Powell loves getting to know her patients and the combination of art and science that dentistry requires. Seeing patients walk out of the office with pep in their step after walking with their heads down for so long is one of the most rewarding parts of Dr. Powell’s job.

Dr. Leslie Powell

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Our Team Cares

The team at ConfiDent Smile Studio is made up of skilled dental professionals with a passion for making people smile. But it’s our empathetic and supportive philosophy that truly sets us apart. Providing comprehensive, judgment-free dentistry in a warm and friendly environment is what our team lives for!



Dental Hygienist

Carlie is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in dental hygiene. Gig Em!  Carlie knew at a young age that she wanted to become a dental hygienist. With years of growing up in the dental field, and her mom being a dental hygienist, she quickly learned the importance of this amazing profession. She is truly passionate about serving her patients, and educating them on their overall health. She enjoys building a personal relationship with them, along with providing the highest quality or care. Although Carlie has spent the majority of her career helping adults achieve optimal dental wellness, she has a passion for providing care to children as well. In her free time, Carlie enjoys going to country western dancing, and spending as much time as she can staying active or outdoors.  Carlie is excited to have a career that she loves and is grateful to be working with such an amazing team at Confident Smile Studio

Dental Anxiety?
We’ve Got You!

Many people experience dental fear and anxiety. At ConfiDent Smile Studio, we make it our business to listen to each patient’s experiences to understand and validate them. Once we understand your experiences, we can help you work through them. We meet you where you’re at, learn about your dental goals and expectations, and come up with a customized plan for treatment. At ConfiDent Smile Studio, you’re never just another chart number. You’re a valued member of our community – a member of our family.

Comfort Dentistry
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Feel Right
At Home

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TV’s in lounge and Smile Spaces

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Beverage station

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Comfort menu

featuring lip balm, neck pillows, blankets, headphones, and more.


If you have any questions or concerns about a dental diagnosis or treatment plan, we are happy to provide a second opinion. We’ll look over your treatment plan and review your x-rays and medical history. Once we have a picture of your overall health, we’ll explain your treatment plan in detail and answer your questions as thoroughly as possible.

Modern Technology, Comforting Amenities

Giving our patients the most efficient and most comfortable dental experience possible is one of our top priorities. Using the latest dental technology is one way we achieve this goal.

3D scanners make goopy impressions a thing of the past and take highly accurate digital scans of your teeth and jaw, giving us the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D on a computer screen.

Cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT, gives us a crystal-clear image of your teeth and bone. A CBCT image can help diagnose diseases of all hard and soft tissue. Being able to offer our patients such a detailed image may help catch and diagnose a disease in its earliest development.