At Howard County Smiles in Ellicott City, we truly care about our patients, and offer a warm, friendly environment, providing advanced dentistry for the entire family. Dr. Ray Becker and his staff consider themselves a partner in their patients’ overall health care, understanding and emphasizing the connection between dental health and overall well being.

Dr. Becker and his staff are passionate about delivering the highest possible standard of care, dedicating hours every year to continuing education and training in order to provide the latest treatment options.

He spares no expense in time, technology, or efforts to deliver a high standard of care to his patients. All of the education in the world cannot surpass the importance of applying it in a compassionate environment that focuses on the patients’ individual needs.

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Our family dentist office serves Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge and surrounding communities and is located in the Village of Dorsey’s Search, convenient to both Columbia Mall and historic downtown Ellicott City, MD.


At our Ellicott City dentist office we believe that the dental health needs of a patient are best served when the doctor and patient work as a team. We want our patients to be informed and educated about dental problems and treatment options, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being.

For over 28 years, Dr. Ray Becker, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. has listened to the dental health and cosmetic concerns of his patients, responding with the best treatment options for their particular needs as a Columbia and Ellicott City family dentist. Whether you require a little dentistry or a lot, Dr. Becker and his team co-diagnose and treatment plan every patient to make sure the patient’s individual goals are met. With the help of our highly professional staff, they also follow up to make sure that dental issues are addressed, symptoms are resolved and both dental and overall health improves.

Dr. Becker emphasizes the important role that dentistry plays in maintaining both oral health and overall health, educating patients on the “mouth-body” connection. A nutritious diet, good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle are all components of dental health and physical well being.

Our Technology

Dental technology has enabled modern dentistry to provide more accurate results with fewer side effects and less down time. In many cases, incorporating the use of technology can reduce the number of visits to the dentist and save patients money in the long run. Dr. Becker uses some of the latest dental technology in his Howard County dentist office:

  • Laser dentistry: dental lasers can be used for a wide range of treatments, including periodontal therapy
  • CEREC: same day restorations are made possible with this CAD/CAM technology
  • Digital dental impressions: uses blue wavelength light to precisely capture the unique nooks and crannies of your tooth’s surface and make a highly accurate 3D digital model
  • Digital x-rays: significantly reduce radiation exposure
  • Anesthesia wand: a “magic” wand because it doesn’t look like a typical injection and it works even better by making the entire process virtually painless.

Advanced Dental Services Ellicott City

Dr. Becker is a highly regarded and internationally recognized dentist, and a leader and educator on CEREC, offering highly esthetic ceramic restorations. This unique technology enables us to offer the convenience of same day crowns and other dental restorations, saving patients both time and money.

As the international certifying instructor for Total BioPAK and Tekscan, Dr. Becker has incorporated this advanced technology for better diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of uncomfortable bites, restorations, occlusion, or temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD/TMJ) issues.

Family Dentistry Ellicott City

Our office is family oriented offering dentistry for children as well as adults. Whether you are looking for a family dentist in Ellicott City for general dentistry or need an experienced dentist for a full mouth reconstruction, you can find it all with Dr. Ray Becker. Call today for your consultation 410.415.9013 or schedule an appointment online.