After a day of antique shopping in historic downtown Petaluma, you find yourself in a tranquil space where scented candles and the sound of a trickling water fountain lull the senses. "Is this a spa?" you ask yourself. "Am I here for a massage?" As dentist Jurina Smida greets you, you realize you've arrived at Dental Care of Petaluma, maybe for a high-tech procedure such as laser gum therapy or a smile-straightening Invisalign treatment. You can't remember—and, quite frankly, you don't care—as you help yourself to a steaming cup from the exotic-tea center, don a pair of DVD-playing glasses, and position a therapeutic pillow beneath your neck. "That was an excellent facial," you think as a staff member hands you a lavender-scented hot towel after your treatment. "Or was that a root canal?"
Jurina Smida has both a DMD degree from the Komesky School of Dentistry and a DDS degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, where her son, Dr. Branko Smida, also earned his dental degree. The duo focuses not only on patient comfort but also on seeking out the latest dental technology. They employ an advanced KaVo system to track down cavities and use Cerec software to design and fabricate ceramic crowns or tiny Statues of Liberty in only one visit.
Dr. Firas Husein fixes crooked, decayed, and chipped teeth with surgical and cosmetic services. He replaces missing chompers with dental implants and extracts useless teeth using the old string-and-a-doorknob scenario. He also offers Invisalign removable retainers to straighten teeth and Zoom teeth whitening to brighten smiles.
If someone in the Santa Rosa area has nice, straight teeth, there's a good chance they've met the board-certified orthodontists at Bales Orthodontics. Since 1976, Dr. Thomas R Bales has refined the smiles of more than 15,000 patients. Today, he and his daughter, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Kathleen M. Bales, continue to customize orthodontic treatments for adults and children.
At Bales Orthodontics, Drs. Tom and Katie, as their patients know them, apply a number of techniques to nudge teeth into healthier positions. They expertly apply traditional braces and wires—a tried-and-true choice for kids and teenagers. But they also offer Lingual braces, which are hidden behind the teeth, as well as discreet clear braces, which blend with the natural tooth color. Drs. Tom and Katie are also Elite providers of Invisalign treatments, which straighten teeth invisibly with a series of clear, removable aligners.
Dr. John Buzza and his smile savants help patients sport straighter teeth without traditional wire braces using Invisalign. After an initial consultation determines eligibility for Invisalign and the NBA, Dr. John makes molds of mouthscapes and uses them in tandem with 3-D computer imaging to craft custom straightening trays. Over the course of 9–15 months, patients rotate through a series of the straightening trays about every two weeks, which gradually nudge teeth toward healthier, more aesthetic positions while remaining virtually undetectable. Wearers can remove trays to eat, drink, and brush their teeth at any time. Follow-up visits every six weeks ensure effective straightening, help work out any issues, and give patients time to learn how to greet the doctor in a different language with each visit.
With two advanced degrees and more than 30 years of dental experience, Dr. Patricia A. Murray knows her way around a mouth. But she relies on more than her skill and education alone; during those three decades, she has kept her office up-to-date technologically. She scans teeth and bone with digital x-rays that emit lower levels of radiation and replaces missing teeth with modern dental implants that mimic natural biters in both looks and function.
At Marin Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Alex Frade leads a professional staff in serving and protecting pearly whites with an arsenal of cosmetic and preventative dental services. During the Zoom! session, a tag team of scientifically formulated gel and a special lamp visibly whiten teeth up to eight shades in about one hour, undoing years of slurping coffee and gargling with liquid rainbows.