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.
Smiles find their bright, healthy form with technology-driven procedures from Dr. Wendy Mayer. Backed by a New York University education, Dr. Mayer utilizes digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to cultivate beaming smiles. With the aid of her experienced staff, she alleviates a slew of mouth-centric concerns, including those that may require oral and maxillofacial surgeries, whitening, or implants. The dentist bolsters her knowledge by attending continuing-education classes, especially those centered on cosmetic dentistry and the procedures for safely brushing crocodile chompers.
Dr. Arsh Ahuja has dentistry in his blood. As a boy, he spent most of his time in his father?s dental practice in Los Angeles, already enamored with his future career. His main takeaway from this early exposure, and from his subsequent dental training in San Francisco, is that, when it?s time to see the dentist, patients are most concerned with one thing: comfort.
As a result of Dr. Ahuja?s early revelations, virtually every aspect of Zen Dentistry is designed to keep patients calm and content. In the reception area, postmodern triangular windows reveal a bustling view of Manhattan, which patients can admire while sipping from a selection of teas that, like expired prank chewing gum, won?t stain teeth. In treatment rooms, patients can zone out inside sets of DVD goggles that simulate 80-inch projector screens while playing their choice of movies or TV shows. Other senses get in on the act, too: hot towels from a Towel Spa warmer pile on faces or necks and soothing scents court olfactory glands.
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.
When Dr. David Nusblatt wanted to learn the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry, he went straight to the source: Dr. Robert Ibsen, the founder of Lumineers veneers. That go-getter attitude has earned Dr. Nusblatt a smattering of accolades and made him a sought-after guest to speak about all things dentistry on The Dr. Oz Show and The Montel Williams Show. But he?s not too busy to keep smiles healthy and happy at Nusblatt Dental, the practice he runs with his son, Dr. Adam Nusblatt. Together, they check for hidden decay with digital x-rays, whiten teeth, and straighten crooked chompers.
Dr. Lee sees every smile he treats with an artist?s eye because before becoming a prosthodontist?a dentist specializing in teeth replacement?he was a freelance artist and landscape architect. This background gives him unique insight when it comes to the beauty and balance of the mouth and guides him as he performs restorative and cosmetic treatments. Some of these treatments include implants and veneers, but he and his team also keep pearly whites polished with routine cleanings and exams, which make use of digital x-rays for reduced radiation exposure and intraoral cameras for better molar portraits.