we take your smile seriously
Our goal is to provide personalized, quality dental care to our patients at an affordable price and in a timely manner.
We strive for excellence to ensure we create a consistent and comfortable patient experience every time.
Utilizing modern technology and patient education tools, we help patients improve their oral and overall health.
We are in-network providers for many dental insurance carriers and will file claims on your behalf.
Our practice strives to provide dental care in the best way possible, using high quality materials and modern techniques.
Cosmetic, preventive, and emergency dental services from veneers to dentures and more.
Comfort & Modern
Complimentary covered parking, massaging chairs, nitrous oxide and the option of sedation for patients with dental anxiety.
Crowning two broken front teeth — Sara H
An unfortunate fall broke Sara H's arm and two front teeth. You'd never think it happened after our work together!
- Immediately fitted temporary fillings to address structural instability
- Collaborated with master crown-maker - the end result is truly seamless
Fillings & Crowns — Aesthetic Re-haul
Sometimes a combination of techniques are required to help make you more confident and comfortable with your smile.
- Cavities on and between teeth are treated with fillings that look wonderfully real.
- Teeth with serious and or structural issues are crowned. Together the smile is healthy and complete.
Chipped teeth, spacing and coloration — Bridges
Bridges are connective reconstructive teeth that can correct multiple issues in multiple teeth.
- Chipped teeth and un-even spacing between teeth are corrected.
- Discoloration and "black lines" around old bridges or crowns are also fixed.
Our Happy Clients
I have been going to Dr. Vance for years now and he and his staff are as kind as they are good at dentistry. I have had multiple complicated procedures and they have always done a good job!
Very nice staff! Dr Vance has pulled every trick he learned in dental school to save a tooth critical for holding my partial in place. HE DID IT! I’m both happy and relieved! Thank you so much to the whole office.
I have been going to Dr. Vance for about 7 or 8 years, all 3 of my kids & I also recommend him to friends, my mouth never hurts, & I’m always pleased with his work
Dr. Vance and his staff are AMAZING! I’m so happy I found them when I first moved to BHAM. My teeth have never been cleaner. I recommend them to everyone!
Everyone in the office has always been super nice and accommodating. Wendy has been my hygienist for years and is great to make my appointments to fit my schedule. She is wonderful!
I absolutely LOVE AdVance Dental. I have been a patient there for over 3 years. Their office is very clean and has state of the art equipment. Dr Vance is extremely professional and has a very gentle touch. You will never feel any pain, I promise. His staff is also the best I’ve ever witnessed…. very friendly and professional.
I have used Dr. Vance since he was off West Valley. I can not say enough about him and his staff. They all are great. I recommend him to anyone looking for a dentist.
It’s always a pleasant feeling when the previous reviews line up with the service received in person. It was my first time at Dr. Vance’s office & they were amazing. […] The absolute best! Dr. Vance was very professional and knowledgeable. Their office was very beautifully decorated and clean. I definitely enjoyed my visit. Can’t wait to return!
Dr. Vance was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Vance graduated from UAB Dental School in June 2011. While in dental school, Dr. Vance conducted research involving the performance of cosmetic dental materials. This research was later published in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.
In July 2011 he began a General Practice Residency (GPR) at UAB Hospital. A GPR is an elective, extra year of training for general dentists to advance their skills before they enter private practice or another area of specialty.
In this program he treated patients with complex medical and dental conditions, completed a wide range of general dentistry procedures under the guidance of veteran professors, trained in oral conscious sedation and implant placement, and completed rotations in oral surgery, ENT, emergency medicine, anesthesia, and community outreach clinics. It was also during this program that Dr. Vance made the decision to open his practice in West Homewood.
After five years of growing his practice in his Homewood location, in the summer of 2017 Dr. Vance acquired the practice of Dr. James Gillespie at St. Vincent’s Hospital (formerly Norwood Clinic at Carraway Hospital). Dr. Vance looks forward to providing his patients with high quality personalized care for years to come.
After attending Lawson state community college and UAB dental assisting school, Laura began her dental career at the VA in oral surgery. Norwood dental clinic (our practice’s original name when it was at Carraway Hospital) was her first private practice and she has been here ever since, which as of 2017 makes fourteen years.
In 2009 she moved with the practice to our current location here at St. Vincent’s. Laura is well versed in many aspects of dental practice including assisting, lab work (having trained in a denture lab), insurance, billing, sleep apnea, and much more.
In the summer of 2017 Dr. James Gillespie sold the practice to Dr. Marc Vance, and he merged his practice in Homewood with the St. Vincent’s location. Laura looks forward to taking care of patients for many years to come.
Wendy began working with the practice in 1986 after graduating from Wallace State with an associates degree in applied science in dental assisting. After assisting for over a year she attended the UAB preceptorship program for dental hygiene and received her license in 1989.
She has had the honor of spending her career in dentistry dedicated to this practice and my patients. Along the way she has formed very important lifelong relationships with the staff and patients at Carraway Hospital and at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Wendy’s devotion to her patients and her profession helps make AdVance Dental the exceptional team that it is.
In-Office Benefits Plan
The AdVance Dental benefits plan is designed to provide access to quality dental care at an affordable cost to patients in and around Birmingham, AL who do not have dental insurance. This plan removes the hassle of deductions, waiting periods, claim forms, pre-existing conditions, pre-determinations, age limitations, and annual maximums that many dental insurances include. You don’t have to have dental insurance to go to the dentist!
Membership in the AdVance Dental Benefits Plan is available to all patients. After payment of an annual fee, members will receive the following:
2 Regular Dental Check-Ups, Including:
Complete Oral Examination
Digital X-Rays (as needed)
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Hygiene Instruction
TMJ (Jaw joint) Screening
Preiodontal (Gums) Evalutation
Unlimited Emergency Visits:
Problem Focused Exams
X-Rays (if necessary)
25% Discount Off Our Usual and Customary Fee:
A treatment plan will be provided in writing for all recommended procedures displaying the regular fee and the discounted rate
No hidden costs. You just pay an annual fee, and any respective fees for certain services (see plan details). That’s it!
No Waiting Periods
No minimum time must pass before getting access to all our dental services.
No Claim Forms
No redundant filing processes.
No Preexisting Conditions
You won’t be rejected from the Advance Dental Benefits Plan for any dental issues or conditions that you already have. Period.
With dental insurance plans there is often a waiting period before you get access to higher end dental procedures – and even then you’re not guaranteed to receive coverage. You will never encounter this with the Advance Dental Benefits Plan.
No Age Limitations
You can’t be too old or too young for our Benefits Plan!
No Annual Maximum
You won’t be limited to a total $ amount of work per year – like you are on most dental insurance plans.
† = Coverage is in effect for one year from the date of payment. Coverage begins when membership has been paid in full. Appointment times are limited, and it is the responsibility of the member to schedule appropriate visits.