After starting her studies in India, Dr. Rekha Vontela took her trade to California, where she’s practiced professionally for over ten years. In that time, she’s also extended her knowledge base, expanding her practice to include cosmetic treatments, orthodontics, and surgical extractions in addition to general dentistry. To keep her skills razor sharp and reconnect with her long-lost pencils, she regularly takes continuing education classes and seminars.
The team at Dental Care Of Antioch not only restores teeth to their original gleam, but strives to make them better than ever with a slew of ultramodern procedures. After a thorough examination—which often includes x-rays, an oral-cancer screening, and surface check-up—dentists chart the course of the necessary treatment path. Their lengthy list of services includes oral surgery, dental implants, dentures, teeth whitening, and Invisalign straightening treatments.
Dr. Jasbir Cheema knows his way around general- and cosmetic-dentistry treatments and technology. His skill with Invisalign systems has earned him the status of being the number one and Super Elite Invisalign Provider status from the makers of Invisalign, who awarded him this designation as he's treated more than 3,500 patients with the clear braces and treats at least 500 Invisalign patients every six months. With the i-CAT 3-D cone-imaging system, he can peer into noggins to see his clients' tooth configurations with meticulous clarity. He and his team of managing and associate dentists use these technologies and more to reconstruct, straighten, clean, and whiten teeth in seven offices across California and one on Jupiter.
In 2007, dentist Ellie Shirazi took the helm of Concord Dental Arts' more than three-decade-old practice, adding to the reputable establishment with her vast knowledge of dental treatments and technology. She stays up-to-date with advancements in the field, offering her patients smile-straightening Invisalign treatments and soft-tissue laser procedures that minimize discomfort. Dr. Shirazi's innovative services and equipment have earned the practice a nomination in KRON 4's Best of the Bay awards in 2009.
Dr. Shirazi graduated from New York University College of Dentistry, completed an advanced postdoctoral training course at the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University, and is certified in implantology.
In addition to sharing the same parents and dental practice, Drs. Son Pham and Thuy Pham share a devotion to beautifying and restoring teeth through the full range of family- and cosmetic-dentistry services. Dr. Son demonstrates this commitment by continually exceeding his yearly required hours of continuing education, staying abreast of such dental developments as non-mercury fillings, all-porcelain crowns, and whistling dentures. Dr. Thuy, meanwhile, volunteers each year at Remote Area Medical, an outreach program where she provides free dental care for the community.
The dentists' focus on advanced yet comfortable treatments carries into the decor of the practice. Guests are welcomed with cheery yellow walls and vibrant art and relax in treatment rooms sporting LCD flat-screen TVs, on which they can watch a movie of their choice while undergoing treatment.
Both Berkeley Dentistry's and Shadelands Dental Care's dental squads are led by Dr. Ricky Singh, DMD, a University of Pennsylvania grad who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Treatment starts with an oral exam and x-rays to search for cracks, chips, and hardened peanut-butter globs, before professional tooth cleaners swoop in to take care of tartar and hard-to-reach plaque. In addition to a thorough mouth scrubbing, patients can choose to up their smile's ability to reflect light with a take-home teeth-whitening kit, which includes impressions and a stain-busting gel that helps teeth shine brighter than a firework shot at a mirror.