Growing up in Cañon City, Colorado, home of the famous Royal Gorge, Dr. Jay F. Morris learned a thing or two about natural beauty, unchecked erosion, and impressive bridgework. A former pediatric dentist, Dr. Morris began working in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in 1993, and today his dental practice commits itself to helping patients reinforce their smiles' strength and natural beauty with an arsenal of cutting-edge dental techniques geared toward undoing the effects of enamel erosion. His gentle chair-side manner and genuine concern for patients are trumped only by his expertise and focus on mini dental implants. Along with an armory of advanced tools, such as soft silicone dentures, he also uses 3-D digital x-rays that accurately reveal oral topographies while generating significantly less radiation than traditional x-rays or a high-five from Marie Curie.
Dr. Shirley Ferreira’s day starts when most working professionals’ days are over. She opens to doors to Nitetime Dental at 4 p.m. every weekday, and works until 9 p.m. to cater to people with busy schedules or heliophobia. Dr. Ferreira, who has practiced both in Brazil and the United States, restores teeth to their original luster with porcelain crowns, whitening gels, and bonding services.
During her 10 years in practice, Dental Expressions owner and dentist Sonal Bhoot has done much more than care for teeth—she has been a caring member of her community. Dr. Bhoot participates in programs that help underprivileged children receive dental care and facilitates training for dental assistants in the area. She has worked in both inner-city and suburban settings, and she is skilled at connecting with people of all age groups. As a member of both the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, in addition to several local study clubs, Dr. Bhoot stays ahead of what's happening in her city and in the dental field.
Along with her associate, Dr. Mary Augustyn, Dr. Bhoot relies on state-of-the-art technology during each of her treatments. She carefully gauges the measurements needed for a root canal with an electronic apex locator and creates tooth-colored ceramic crowns in a single appointment with the CEREC 3-D system. She and her team detect subsurface cavities with the laser DiagnoDent pen, which also comes in handy for engraving one's name on a steel mug.
While patients are having their teeth cleaned and polished inside Blum Family Dentistry's wood-toned treatment rooms, they can focus on a conveniently located television rather than the glare of an examination light. It's details like this, as well as technologies such as low-radiation digital x-rays, that set Dr. Steve Blum's practice apart. In addition to in-office dental treatments, the specialists outfit patients with take-home whitening trays to enhance smiles or dental-themed home decor.
At Kansas City Dental, Dr. Guerschon de Laurent addresses cosmetic, restorative, and preventative oral-health issues at their roots. The multilingual doctor employs a host of technologies, including intraoral cameras and digital x-rays, to project detailed views of the mouth and to find the underlying causes of dental aches and periodontal disease. Dr. Laurent corrects crowding or spacing problems with Invisalign retainers, gently coaxing teeth back into place with such successful results that in 2011 he earned the title of Premier Invisalign Provider in recognition of the more than 300 jaws he’s straightened. A commander in the US Army Reserves Dental Corps, Dr. Laurent also plies his trade abroad while serving members of the armed forces and on humanitarian missions that have taken him to Central America and the Caribbean.
Though Dr. Youngjune Chang has earned an impressive stack of degrees from universities in both Korea and the United States, he never stops honing his craft, enriching his dental expertise with continuing education programs and cosmetic dentistry studies. Together with a team of skilled hygienists and assistants, Dr. Chang helps patients beautify and protect their mouths with treatments ranging from routine cleanings and exams to installing computer-designed crowns and inlays or reshaping gums with targeted laser therapy. The clinic keeps smiles healthy and intact with high-tech procedures and technology, such as dental implants, 3D x-rays, digital x-rays that forego radiation, and an intraoral camera that doesn't even need any tape in it to deter plaque from committing its typical crimes.