When he was a boy in the small town of Mount Olive, Illinois, Dr. David J. Rubis dreamed of being a dentist. Doggedly pursuing his goal, he graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1978 and opened his own practice. Years later, his son, Dr. Joseph Rubis, followed in his footsteps by joining a growing network of dental-care centers headed by Rubis pére. Now, as the network boasts 30 dentists working at 10 locations throughout Chicagoland, Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC, continues its founder’s mission to provide the best care for patrons' teeth, gums, and crippling need to collect every color of complimentary toothbrush.
At Artistic Dentistry, Drs. Joel Akroush and Harry Oryhon anchor their general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry procedures to advanced technology, operating in an all-digital, paperless environment. Dr. Akroush—winner of the Nobel Biocare Platinum Award for dedication to implant dentistry in 2001—graduated from Loyola University's School of Dentistry in 1992, and Dr. Oryhon—an Invisalign-certified provider—graduated from the University of Illinois's College of Dentistry in 1972, the same year auto mechanics quit performing root canals. The knowledgeable duo assesses and fosters oral health with digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, electric dental tools, a Zoom! WhiteSpeed device, and a computer system that produces simulated images of patients' smiles postprocedure. Their Identafi 3000 device screens for oral cancer with light wavelengths, and their Picasso Diode laser can help zap away oral lesions and sensitive roots. Open treatment rooms house chair-side computers for staff and TVs and a collection of DVDs for patients.
Operating under the umbrella of Chicagoland Smile Group, the staff at both Olympia Fields Dental Associates and Oak Park Dental Group work to keep smiles healthy and bright. Although both dental teams are adept at general dentistry, helping patients maintain glittering smiles without using actual glitter, they also hold specialists among their ranks. These specialists have skills in oral surgery and extractions, as well as dental implants that can sometimes be made in just one day.
Both practices also strive to stay ahead of the curve in treatment technology. At Olympia Fields, high-powered microscopes and other tools give restorations a precise and comfortable fit, while at Oak Park, 3-D x-rays give dentists a better view of the entire mouth.
At Universal City Dental Center, Dr. Jirair Gasparian and his team perform a variety of procedures intended to protect patients' teeth and gums. Periodic checkups both detect and treat signs of trouble before they become serious complications, but when action is required to correct a problem, the practice offers surgical as well as noninvasive options.
Porcelain crowns and veneers conceal signs of damage, dental implants help fill any gaps, and tooth-colored composite fillings seamlessly replace decay. Additionally, Invisalign straighteners even out smiles, and Rembrandt teeth-whitening products brighten the stains caused by coffee, cigarettes, or a career spent taste-testing food coloring.
All Perfect Smiles' team—three dentists and one periodontist—collaborates to brighten smiles with a suite of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures. Armed with more than 25 years of dental experience, the staff tend to teeth with cleanings, root canals, whitening treatments, and orthodontia such as Invisalign. The team can also resolve niche issues, ranging from sleep apnea to pediatric dental maladies. Regardless of the treatment, the team’s focus on patient education ensures that, unlike people who eat Pop Rocks, patients always understand what happens in their mouths.
Dr. Elizabeth Reiser-Loeber leads the tooth-savvy team at Orland Smiles in a mission to clean teeth and promote oral health above and below the gum line. To kick off the roughly 30-minute visit, dental assistant Starlette helps the patient settle into a chair and select his or her entertainment from an array of magazines, DVDs, or invisibly caged mimes. Orland Smiles' hygienist Krystyna then polishes chompers to a gleam, eradicates tartar build-up, and administers two bitewing x-rays, before Dr. Reiser begins the oral exam. The dental doyen wields the DIAGNOdent laser to detect hidden cavities and stashes of walnuts.