Located on the 69th floor of New York City's Chrysler Building, Aster Dental Care delivers sweeping views of the city while its doctors and technicians work to better the world's view of their clients. Leading this effort is Dr. Anita Agarwal, a 17-year veteran of dentistry, a certified medical aesthetician, and a past guest on CBS Evening News and other television broadcasts. General, cosmetic, and surgical dental procedures all fall within the range of her expertise, including services such as standard check-ups, Invisalign, and Dash in-office teeth whitening procedures that remove wine and wine-cork stains in one hour. When they aren't busy keeping teeth looking healthy and beautiful, Dr. Anita and her staff also offer Botox injections and dermal fillers to make skin look just as youthful as the smile it surrounds.
After graduating from NYU College of Dentistry in 1975, Dr. Vincent J. Picone's experience working in different practices opened his eyes to an alarming trend: no one was meeting the needs of the dental-phobic. A minor in psychology allowed him to identify and understand these patients' fears in a way his colleagues couldn't, and this compassion became a driving force for starting his own practice.
Thirty years later, Dr. Picone is still putting anxieties at ease as he leads his staff in administering general, cosmetic, and restorative services. With a focus on staying ahead of dental emergencies, he stresses the importance of regular exams, cleanings, and screenings for periodontal disease. His menu of cosmetic treatments, meanwhile, can whiten or restore teeth damaged during games of Truth or Eat This Brick.
Thirty years ago, Concerned Dental Care was founded with the philosophy that dentists should concern themselves with people first and foremost. The staff's dedication to their patients fueled the practice's growth, and today a team of dentists and hygienists adheres to that original vision as they set about their work tending to teeth at six different offices.
Friendly advice about oral hygiene accompanies each tooth cleaning. Low-radiation digital x-rays help the staff take a closer look at patients' dental health without shrinking themselves down and taking a hike through clients' molars. Then, the doctors work with their patients to address any problems by poring over the practice's sizable array of treatment options to find the right course of action. In addition to regular dental upkeep, the staff can shine up smiles with cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
Alex Gause DDS spent a considerable portion of his childhood contemplating teeth. Born into a family of dentists, Dr. Gause DDS recalls spending time at his parents' practice, witnessing the transformative effects of dental care firsthand. These experiences inspired him to attend the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, where he further affirmed his belief in the role that restorative care and orthodontics play in creating healthy, natural-looking smiles.
Dr. Gause DDS and his staff rely on a combination of well-honed medical intuition and superior equipment. They scan for problem areas with digital x-ray systems or a highly advanced cone-beam CT-imaging device, and take special care to leave little to no visible traces of their work when treatment is necessary. For example, Dr. Gause DDS seamlessly fills in damaged teeth with composite resins, and uses specialized ceramists to forge lifelike crowns that blend in as naturally as a chameleon atop a stack of National Geographic magazines.
Dr. Donna R. Williams has practiced dentistry for nearly three solid decades, interrupted only by occasional trips to Africa, where she treats villagers and trains local health-care workers to do the same. Her natural compassion has led her to develop a practice that aims to provide gentle, noninvasive dentistry.
One would have to look long and hard through her office before finding any traditional dental equipment. Drills and scalpels have largely been replaced with WaterLase technology, which eschews stainless steel for the combined cutting power of lasers and water. This technology reduces the heat, vibration, and inaccuracy of drills, requiring fewer shots and yielding lower trauma than its metallic counterparts. Dr. Williams’ lasers can also help heal advanced gum disease and reattach gum tissue to the tooth, a skill of hers shared by only 150 other dentists and three cartoon sharks.
New patients arriving for a dental exam at Zenthea Dental Spa may wonder if their GPS has accidentally led them to a spa. Intricately patterned walls provide a backdrop for each clean, minimalistic treatment room, where dental tools are neatly tucked away out of sight, and shiny silver textures or wooden reed-like patterns draw the eye away from the oversized cushy dentist's chair, which reclines fully for comfort or a mid-appointment nap.
The team combines advanced dental technology, such as 3-D scans and digital x-ray imaging, with soothing spa-like services, such as reflexology, massage, and aromatherapy. The comfort-focused objective seems to be working too, as Dr. Marc Nock told TopDentists.com, ?I've had several patients tell me that coming here was the most relaxing part of their day."