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.
With hundreds of locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-health-care professionals who deliver a variety of quality dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists is prescreened for a consistent record of excellence and the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a toothstack.
On his website, Dr. Gary Arabatyan compares his dental practice to artistry. “I view my patient’s smile as my canvas,” he says, a paint-splattered toothbrush in his hand. Using his years of experience, Dr. Arabatyan transforms grins into visual masterpieces by cleaning mouths, whitening teeth, and replacing chipped enamel with ceramic fronts, crafted in-house. The artistic attention to detail also extends to the practice’s furnishings. Guests can dreamily gaze into a saltwater fish tank and enjoy DVDs in each treatment room.
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.