When teeth in northern Illinois need a little tender loving care, there's no shortage of expert dental practices willing to help them out. In North Aurora, Drs. Melissa Ledwidge and Ingy Nessim at North Aurora Dental Associates emphasize lifetime preventive care through services ranging from general cleanings and Invisalign regimens to oral cancer screenings and root canal therapy. Much like her colleagues in North Aurora, Dr. April Kennedy at Rockford's Affordable Dentistry Today combines comprehensive treatments with same-day emergency services, alleviating the pain associated with infections and abscesses with speed and precision. At Sycamore's Family Dental Care, Drs. Long Pham and Julie Galloway pair their extensive professional experience with a dedication to patient comfort, allaying anxieties through calm, sure-handed handling of treatments large and small.
Lincolnway Dental Center’s Dr. Young Kim invokes nearly 20 years of dental experience to straighten out asymmetrical smiles. Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of the patient's mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Depending on the client’s teeth, as few as 12 or as many as 48 separate aligners will need to be worn during a period of 6–15 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Aligners are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Dr. Amjad Safvi has spent more than 15 years in the medical field focusing on vascular issues, particularly varicose and spider veins. He now oversees Advanced Vein Treatment & Cosmetic Center, where he and his caring staff treat patients to complimentary consultations before administering laser, radio-frequency, and sclerotherapy vein treatments along with a host of other aesthetic treatments. The facility’s laser collection, the high-tech cherry on its med-spa sundae, allows the staff to showcase hair-removal, anti-aging, and facial-rejuvenation treatments that round out a crowded roster that includes SkinMedica chemical peels, Botox injections, and fillers that can last up to five years.
On a visit to her dentist for a regular checkup, Dr. Irena Hyvel looked around, figured she "would look good in a white lab coat," and decided to enroll in dental school. The rest, of course, is history: Dr. Hyvel graduated from and practiced in her native Ukraine before coming to the United States where she went back to school and received her dental license from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Today, Dr. Hyvel owns Bond Dental Studio, a general and cosmetic practice that she describes as "kind of like my first child." This dedication to dentistry is visible through her meticulous attention to detail with each patient.
A quick glance around the office supports this statement: the place has been meticulously designed and cared for, and resembles a spa more than a typical medical practice. Patients wait in buttery leather chairs while tapestries of fuchsia and green pop against silvery walls and lush ferns and flowers spill from vases. Beyond the slick marble reception desk and the candles flickering in pebble-filled trays, treatment rooms bear the practice's name in glossy letters that shine against matte black walls.
Dr. Pope understands the general anxiety associated with dentistry, so he works closely with his patients to help them understand dental procedures and to make them comfortable. He honed his craft at the University of Illinois at Chicago and now draws on that knowledge while performing general, cosmetic, and surgical dental services. As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he also gives back by offering benefits to his fellow veterans. Besides employing the latest technology to foster pain-free treatments, he offers nitrous oxide sedation, which keeps patients in a conscious but deeply relaxed state.
Before Dr. Gibson became a devout dentist and was on the advisory board for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), she was crowned Mrs. USA for 2005–2006, named a Miss Hawaiian Tropic world finalist (1997), and awarded a slew of other impressive accolades. Dr. Arnold is on the Advisory Board for the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE). Let Dr. Gibson or Dr. Arnold and their skilled staff of tooth-buffers, who always put patients' needs first, brighten your smile an average of eight shades with a quick, safe Zoom! whitening procedure. Your chompers will be glazed with Zoom!'s proprietary whitening gel before the low-heat Zoom! light activates the gel's stain-busting powers, breaking apart age-old coffee, cigarette, or coffee and cigarette stains. When the treatment is finished (up to four sessions for a total of 60–75 minutes), your teeth will look youthful and naturally clean.