Meet Dr. Welch


After graduating from The Citadel, Dr. Welch fulfilled his military obligation by serving two years as an officer in the United States Army. During this time, he decided to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr. Welch graduated from The Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He practiced general dentistry for three years before entering The University of West Virginia to specialize in advanced training in orthodontics. In 1980, Dr. Welch graduated from WVU School of Dentistry with a Master of Science Degree in Orthodontics. While at WVU, his research was concentrated in the treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate patients. His research was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Dr. Welch continues to keep abreast of the most current developments in orthodontics through continuing education. He has also completed a residency training program in orthodontics from the University of North Carolina. Pursuing innovations in orthodontic treatment, Dr. Welch became involved with Invisalign treatment as it was developing and has been one of the top providers in the state for many years. He is qualified in adult and teen Invisalign care.

Since starting his orthodontic practice in 1980, Drs. Bonds and Patton have joined him to provide orthodontic care for our patients with a personal touch and the latest technological advances. As a team, our doctors and staff strive to give our patients the best smile they deserve.

Dr. Welch has been active in many professional organizations, enjoying membership in the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, and many state and local dental organizations. He has served as President of the South Carolina Association of Orthodontics and remains an active member in these organizations.

What is at the core of Dr. Welch’s drive to continue to practice orthodontics over the past 4 decades? It is his personal interaction with his patients to improve their dental health and to give them a smile they can enjoy. He is most proud that in his family of patients, they have entrusted him to serve multiple generations in their family.

Bonds & Patton Orthodontics

  • Florence Office - 1343 Second Loop Road, Florence, SC 29505 Phone: 843-665-8176
  • Hartsville Office - 1300 South Fourth St., Hartsville, SC 29550 Phone: 843-332-1860

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