Providing Washington, DC
with Exceptional Dental Care
Since 1994


​​to Thornton Dental
Associates, P.C.

Whether you are a returning patient or are looking for a new dentist in the Greater Washington, DC, area, our team of caring dental professionals would like to welcome you to our practice. Drs. Will Thornton and Nathan Van der Linden are dentists who offer patients a range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance and health of their smiles. When you choose our Washington, DC, dental office, you can expect excellent care, appointments that start on time, and the latest techniques and tools available in the field of modern dentistry. Learn how Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. can help you improve your oral health and give you something to smile about.

Drs. Will Thornton and Nathan Van der Linden

Why Choose Us?

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A Comprehensive
Scope of Care

From annual checkups and exams to dental implant restorations and Invisalign® orthodontics, our dental practice provides a comprehensive range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatments.

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iTero Scanner & Other Advanced Technology

Our dentists use advanced innovations to provide you with stunning results. Our iTero® scanner, for example, can comfortably create detailed digital impressions so there's no need for dental putty. 

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Dentists on the Forefront of the Field

Drs. Thornton and Van der Linden are dentists who continually study the latest developments and innovations in the field so that they can provide the best care using the very safest and most effective techniques in dentistry.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Will Thornton

Will Thornton, DDS

A native of southeastern Virginia, Dr. Will Thornton studied biology at the University of Virginia before earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. After completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, Dr. Thornton moved to Washington, DC, in 2005. Dr. Thornton's patient-centered approach to dental care allows him to provide everyone that visits our dental office with exceptional outcomes. He is a member of the:

 - American Dental Association
 - District of Columbia Dental Society

Nathan Van der Linden, DDS

Dr. Nathan Van der Linden is the new Dental Associate joining our practice. Coming from Nova Scotia, Canada, he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Dalhousie University. Upon completing his education he returned to his hometown where he practiced dentistry before moving to Washington, DC. His enjoyment of working in a hands-on career extends from dentistry to his hobbies of gardening along with designing and building furniture. Dr. Nathan is happy to be finally settling into Washington and to work at such a great office. His affiliations include:

- American Dental Association
- District of Columbia Dental Society

Dr. Nathan Van der Linden

Time to Visit the Dentist? Request an Appointment Today

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​At Thornton Dental Associates, P.C., in Washington, DC, our team offers compassionate care and personalized treatment to help you improve your smile. So that you can enjoy all of the benefits of optimal oral health as well as a familiar continuity of care, our dentists offer general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry treatments all in one location. Drs. Thornton and Van der Linden strive to deliver the highest level of dental care and will take their time discussing your needs and goals so that they can provide you with an individualized treatment plan. We accept most dental insurance plans and our office staff will gladly file all the necessary paperwork with your provider so you can make the most of your benefits.

5-Star Patient Reviews "The greatest dental practice group in DC!"


Jessica Gyllstrom

Washington, DC


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The greatest dental practice group in DC!...They offer top-notch technology and tools, great music and a clean and comfortable atmosphere. The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful - I highly recommend this practice!

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Washington, DC


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When I arrived for my first appointment, Dr. Thornton listened calmly to my story and could not have been kinder or more reassuring. Thanks to my restored confidence in the art of dentistry, I have had several procedures at Dr. Thornton''s office since, all of which have been handled with professionalism, patience and kindness.

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Featured Procedures

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Dental Implants

Tooth loss can make chewing and speaking difficult and impact your self-esteem. Missing teeth are also detrimental to both your oral and overall health. Fortunately, there is a solution to these issues. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide the very best support for replacement teeth while stopping the bone atrophy that follows tooth loss. Our dentists can coordinate dental implant treatment to fill the gaps left by any number of missing teeth.

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Cosmetic issues such as chipped, cracked, stained, or slightly crooked teeth can give your smile an unhealthy appearance. If you have great oral hygiene but are still unhappy with how your teeth look, veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that can effectively conceal imperfections to give you a dazzling smile. Our dentists can place veneers in just two appointments, allowing patients to completely transform their smiles in as little as two weeks.

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A tooth that has been compromised due to physical trauma or decay can be restored with a dental crown. Crafted from advanced materials that are engineered to withstand years of biting forces, the medical-grade porcelain we use for crowns also mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel. Our dentists will color-match a dental crown to blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. With proper care and regular checkups with our dentists, a crown can protect a tooth for 10 years or more.

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Missing most or all of your teeth affects nearly every aspect of your life. Widespread tooth loss compromises your appearance, keeps you from eating your favorite foods, and causes you to hide your smile when it's time for a photo with friends, family, or colleagues. A custom set of dentures can take years off of your appearance, enhance your quality of life, and make it easier to eat, speak, and smile. Our dentists can fabricate a partial or full denture to restore the function and appearance of your smile.

Our Complete Dental Services

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  • Cleanings and Exams
  • Dental Sealants
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Oral Appliance Therapy
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Wisdom Tooth Removal

More 5-Star Patient Reviews for Thornton Dental Associates, P.C.


Terry Bickham

Washington, DC


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I’ve been a patient here for several years and the dentists, staff, and facilities are all superb...A fantastic dental practice!

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Chad Coots

Washington, DC


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Always friendly and professional! Best staff and dentists ever!

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Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden

Thornton Dental Associates, P.C.

The friendly team of professionals at Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. provides comprehensive dental care to patients throughout Washington, DC. Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including the:

- American Dental Association
- District of Columbia Dental Society

To request an appointment at our Washington, DC, dental office,
contact us online or call (202) 293-5805.

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