After earning his DDS degree from Ohio State University, Toledo native Dr. Chad Belongea planted roots in Maumee at Arrowhead Dental. He practices family dentistry with a compassionate and gentle approach (two qualities exemplified by the time he spent providing emergency medical care in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake). Whether filling a cavity or filling gaps with dental implants, he's committed to providing the best care and keeping patients comfortable.
Patient-friendly technologies used at Arrowhead Dental include metal-free fillings and digital x-rays designed to provide comprehensive views of mouths while reducing exposure to radiation. Sedation options are available for those anxious about procedures or their tendency to break into song whenever there's a hand in their mouths. High-tech equipment for oral-cancer screenings helps the dentist catch troubling issues in their earliest stages.
A Toledo native, Dr. George Namay set up shop in his hometown to practice general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry with an artist’s touch and a gentle approach. To ensure the most effective treatment, he uses the latest technology, including CEREC, which allows him to craft ceramic crowns the day of the visit, and Invisalign’s nearly invisible plastic teeth straighteners. His expertise also extends to bridges, implants, and teeth whitening using the speedy Zoom! system, which brightens smiles in less than an hour.
Championing the belief that checkups shouldn’t be a chore, the team at Schmakel Smile Design aims to create a calm and relaxed office atmosphere to welcome its patients. The waiting room is outfitted with a TV, cozy fireplace, and plenty of magazines, and the team keeps drinks on hand to offer to guests. That serenity continues throughout appointments, whether they're routine cleanings, teeth-whitening sessions, or corrective procedures.
Dr. Larry Schmakel leads the team in tending to teeth with more than 27 years of experience in addition to a doctorate in dental surgery from Ohio State University. But he doesn’t content himself with that—he partakes in continuing education, both as a student and a mentor. Dr. Schmakel is a member of the Cerec Faculty Club at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, a continuing-education facility. He's also a member of the Ohio Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Tooth Fairy’s scout troop.:m]]
Dr. Amin Jaffer homes in on each patient's teeth to form comprehensive treatment plans aimed at lifelong oral health. The molar maven, who has practiced in Ann Arbor for the past decade, not only outfits bites with preventative care, but also revitalizes teeth with cosmetic services carefully designed to complement face shape, eye color, and the style of artwork hanging from mouth walls. M. Amin Jaffer D.D.S also helps bring grins to the local area through community outreach, including a program that grants kids free dental care on specific days of the year and prevents their teeth from turning into marshmallows.
As a child, Dr. Moufida Khalife was the only kid in her class who brought a toothbrush to school. "I was fascinated by the smile," she says, "I brushed my teeth like crazy!" Naturally, Dr. Khalife was drawn to the world of dentistry as she grew up, and she opened Select Dental Group in 2008.
The staff members at Select Dental Group aim to quash any anxieties patients may have about dentistry at the door. The office's warm, red-toned decor evokes the atmosphere of a lush hotel rather than a medical office, and the reception room welcomes patients to help themselves to hot tea, coffee, or healthy snacks such as fruit and toothpaste. Within the treatment rooms, clients can zone out while watching satellite television or listening to music or they can submit their digits to a softening paraffin dip. The all-digital office allows technicians to review x-ray results on in-room screens, and then quickly return to whittling away plaque and tartar with an electric hand piece.
While Dr. Khalife's first love is cosmetic dental enhancements such as porcelain veneers, whitening, and implants, she and her team also overhaul teeth with restorative procedures that range from simple cleanings to the treatment of periodontal disease.
Advanced technology enhances every aspect of Brush Dental Studio's process. Dentists harness digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to view the entire mouth from different angles while giving patients the opportunity to see the same image on large overhead flat screens. The Cerec system crafts high-quality restorative solutions in minutes, fashioning crowns, inlays, and veneers out of compressed porcelain and statues' kneecaps. The state-of-the-art office also calms patients with sedation dentistry and shines smiles with modern bleaching or teeth-whitening techniques.