Dr. Harith Ali


English, Arabic
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I loved going to the dentist ever since I was a kid. Both of my uncles are dentists and fortunately I still have zero cavities.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

I have a relative who was in a car accident years ago. Many of her teeth were broken, her life was miserable after the accident. A local dentist in the town helped her to fix all of her teeth and restore her beautiful smile. That dentist did a great job that changed her life completely. I looked up to that dentist and wanted to do something similar. I wanted to be that person that touches people's lives and puts a smile on their faces.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Restoring my patients' health and smiles. I enjoy reading the reviews at the end of every week.

What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why?

Tom Cruise, I wanna fix his midline issue.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?


What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?

I was the tennis champion two years in a row when I was in college.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

Lay down on the beach with some orange juice.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

All extractions are painful. I am working on changing patients minds about that.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Every person's smile is as unique as their fingerprints.

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

A Pilot.

When I’m in the patient chair, I’m probably grooving to {blank} in my headphones.

Some country music or maybe hip-hop.

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

When my patient wants to take a photo with me at the end of the visit to post in their instagram story.