400 East Statesville Ave.
Mooresville, NC 28115

1819 Brenner Ave.
Salisbury, NC 28144

Meet Dr. Nicholas Penna

Nick Penna, DDS

Dr. Nick Penna brings over 30 years of commitment and experience to his patients and prides himself in not only providing clinical excellence in orthodontic treatment but also in creating lasting relationships with his patients. Dr. Penna has created a professional yet friendly atmosphere in his offices which makes his patients feel immediately comfortable. He is always available to answer your questions and keep you updated on your treatment progress. Dr. Penna loves practicing orthodontics and particularly enjoys helping his patients enjoy all the benefits from having a healthy and wonderful smile for life.

Education and Continuing Education

Dr. Penna received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Loyola University after completing his pre-dental education at Gannon University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He served with numerous humanitarian medical relief missions to war-torn Central America during the Reagan Administration before obtaining his Orthodontic Certificate from New York University and became board eligible in Orthodontics after successfully completing a written examination administered by the American Board of Orthodontics.

After completing his orthodontic residency, Dr. Penna successfully completed additional training in occlusion and orthodontics taught by the Roth/Williams Center for Functional Occlusion in California over a two-year period.


During the 12 years he was a general practitioner, Dr. Penna was a member of the Medical/Dental Staff at Grace Hospital with operating room privileges and also held a faculty teaching appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry, clinically preceptoring senior dental students.

Dr. Penna is past president of the Rowan County Dental Society and Mobile Dental Care, Inc., of North Carolina, which he founded with the primary purpose to evaluate the quality of life of patients requiring special attention due to geographic, physical, or emotional barriers to dental care.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Southern Association of Orthodontics
  • North Carolina Association of Orthodontics
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • American Dental Association

 Office Life

Behind the fun personalities of Dr. Penna and his staff exists a focused team who is continually evolving their clinical excellence. The entire staff brings over 100 years of dental experience to the offices and operates as a harmonious team. We take great pride in each staff member’s training and capabilities. We want your orthodontic experience to be both enjoyable and rewarding, while being delivered in a spirit of mutual cooperation and trust.

Outside the Office

When not practicing orthodontics, Dr. Penna loves spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys traveling, boating, photography, and jogging.

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