As a child, Dr. Moufida Khalife was the only kid in her class who brought a toothbrush to school. "I was fascinated by the smile," she says, "I brushed my teeth like crazy!" Naturally, Dr. Khalife was drawn to the world of dentistry as she grew up, and she opened Select Dental Group in 2008.
The staff members at Select Dental Group aim to quash any anxieties patients may have about dentistry at the door. The office's warm, red-toned decor evokes the atmosphere of a lush hotel rather than a medical office, and the reception room welcomes patients to help themselves to hot tea, coffee, or healthy snacks such as fruit and toothpaste. Within the treatment rooms, clients can zone out while watching satellite television or listening to music or they can submit their digits to a softening paraffin dip. The all-digital office allows technicians to review x-ray results on in-room screens, and then quickly return to whittling away plaque and tartar with an electric hand piece.
While Dr. Khalife's first love is cosmetic dental enhancements such as porcelain veneers, whitening, and implants, she and her team also overhaul teeth with restorative procedures that range from simple cleanings to the treatment of periodontal disease.
Laser aesthetics might seem like a recent phenomenon, but PHR Centers' staff members have been using lasers to address clients' cosmetic needs since 1981. This gives them experience far beyond what you might expect in their industry. Dr. Amy DeRosa?a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon?oversees the centers' teams of registered nurses, licensed aestheticians, and laser technicians, who work together to treat a wide range of concerns by using the latest equipment and techniques.
By focusing on nonsurgical solutions to common aesthetic issues, PHR Centers can grant clients dramatic effects without the downtime of plastic surgery or the risks of time travel. The experts call on the Palomar Vectus cosmetic laser system to eradicate unwanted hair while cooling the skin for a more comfortable experience, and use Vaser Lipolysis, SmartLipo, and radio-frequency-based Vanquish treatments to contour clients' bodies by targeting stubborn fat deposits. To achieve a more youthful appearance, Deka SmartXide DOT therapy helps improve skin tone and texture by stimulating collagen production, and Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels work to soften wrinkles and rejuvenate the complexion.
Dr. Aziza Askari's extensive training and gentle touch make her the cosmetic dentist of choice for nervous and unflappable patients alike. The staff at the studio focus on creating a spa like ambiance, practicing "calmistry", a technique used to pacify flustered patients. She and her team restore broken and stained smiles with veneers, crowns, and whitening treatments and maintain healthy mouths with cleanings and other preventative services. Lasers play a big role in the office and are used during procedures to reduce the need for drilling, gum swelling, and keep teeth clean. If the studio's spa-like atmosphere isn't enough to ease dentist chair jitters, she also offers oral and IV sedatives that make procedures feel like a nap in a giant mug of chamomile tea.