Metal amalgams have saved many teeth over the years, but they have also caused a good number of eyesores. Their metal surfaces gleam whenever someone takes a big yawn or bursts forth with a deafening Tarzan cry. That's why the doctors at Graceland Prairie Dental repair cavities and decay using tooth-colored composite material. This material discreetly blends with the surrounding tooth to restore it to full form and function.
The dental experts strive to keep their handiwork invisible in other treatments, too. They craft natural-looking porcelain crowns and bridges to replace damaged and missing teeth seamlessly. Invisalign braces straighten smiles while remaining as difficult to spot as a disco ball's diamond earrings.
For nearly 30 years, father-and-son dentists Mark and Elliott Levy have worked to improve the health and appearance of patients' teeth at Brite Bite Dental. They perform preventative and restorative treatments, using advanced technologies such as digital x-rays that patients can view on a 17-inch monitor in less than five seconds. Patients can also opt for cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, or ClearCorrect orthodontics.
Northwestern-trained dentist Dr. Jonathan Yahav specializes in a patient-focused style of general and cosmetic dentistry that minimizes discomfort during procedures, enlisting the help of a professional anesthesiologist when necessary. At the three Chicago Smile Center locations, including one in the John Hancock Center downtown, patients receive all manner of dental enhancement and maintenance with the benefit of Dr. Yahav's 20 years of dentistry experience. Additionally, the dentist maintains his chops with esteemed membership in professional associations including the Chicago Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the National Academy of Tooth Fairies.
Though most people don’t like sitting a classroom, Dr. Goel is different. After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in a mere three years, she went on to study at one of the top programs in the country at Northwestern University Dental School. And though some would be content with simply graduating, Dr. Goel expanded her knowledge by using a dictionary as a pillow and participating in an advanced dental program at Northwestern Hospital.
Today, she strives to keep her practice on the cutting edge of the industry by continuing her education at the Spear Institute and ensuring that her office has the latest in dental technology, including a diode soft-tissue laser, intra-oral cameras, the Six Month Smiles teeth-straightening system, and the Velscope oral-screening system, which assesses a person's overall health in just 1–2 minutes. Other cutting-edge services available at Avid Dental include porcelelain veneers and same-day Cerec restorations and crowns.
The dentists at Euclid Smiles Family Dental can make missing teeth reappear. That is, of course, because they have mastered the art of dental implants, which fill in for missing chompers and match the shade of remaining teeth. The rest of their services range from cosmetic whitening and veneers to more traditional treatments, such as cleanings, sealants, root canals, and extractions. They also have a cure for crooked teeth. They outfit clients with Invisalign, clear plastic aligners that shift teeth to look better in yearbook photos or to bear no resemblance to the bite marks on a valuable pig statue.
The dentists at Dental Magic aren't just highly trained professionals. They also exhibit a genuine compassion for their patients and the community at large. Through their community-outreach program, they donate services to disabled, medically compromised, or elderly people who are unable to afford extensive dental care. They have also sponsored a medical mission to Sierra Leone and regularly tour local schools to teach useful oral-hygiene skills, such as how to brush properly or weave a spare gym uniform out of floss.
In his profile, Dr. Aaron Appell says that his "favorite part of being a dentist is taking a fearful patient and alleviating all of their fears of dentistry." To that end, he and the two other doctors work to build long-term relationships with their clients, carefully customizing treatments according to their specialties. Michael Wurbel, DDS, has extensive training in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, and Ashwini Joshi, MDS, DDS, specializes in orthodontics. Her research on the topic of mandibular growth made her the 2012 recipient of the American Association of Orthodontists' prestigious Milo Hellman Research Award.