Dr. John VanCamp believes that beautifying patients' smiles is the third thing a dentist should do. More importantly, he believes that dental care should improve holistic well-being throughout the entire body by stemming the spread of infection, and then preventing future outbreaks. He refers to this treatment philosophy as minimally invasive dentistry: a progressive system of techniques intended to restore form and function before aesthetics.
To better accomplish these goals, Dr. VanCamp routinely seeks out innovative technology for his practice. Digital x-rays take quality images while emitting a small fraction of the radiation of traditional x-rays, CEREC equipment creates porcelain crowns in-house in less than a day, and a laser system thoroughly treats cold sores or signs of gingivitis.
Dr. VanCamp's dedication to modern techniques is most prevalent in his professional hatred of mercury fillings. Determined to rid each patient of these antiquated and potentially harmful fillings, he thoroughly removes all traces of mercury and, instead, adds modern materials that don't share mercury's more hazardous traits. Dr. VanCamp and his staff then safely dispose of the spent fillings using an environmentally friendly system that separates the mercury as biohazard waste.
Safe mercury disposal is only one example of Dr. VanCamp's dedication to environmental responsibility. The staff also conserves paper by working with computerized charts and digital insurance claims. Plus, the office space itself features everything from eco-friendly paint to energy-efficient lighting that only uses three colors of the rainbow.
Having treated the soulful smiles of both Miss California and Miss Mission Viejo, the toothsome staff of Gateway Dental Group glamorizes grills with its comprehensive dental services. Bicuspids are brightened with Zoom! teeth whitening, an in-office procedure that utilizes a light-activated proprietary gel to break up stains and discoloration on faded mouth ivory.
As a prosthodontist, Dr. Aparna Subramanian specializes in the use of dental prosthetics to create straight, alabaster smiles. This includes using titanium implants coupled with crowns or bridges, as well as veneers that mask dental imperfections. Teeth-whitening treatments brighten dingy enamel and Invisalign trains wayward teeth to stand in formation without the outdated look of braces. Dr. Subramanian and her team also conduct routine cleanings complete with digital X-rays. They also adhere to green-minded practices, including using recycled paper products, biodegradable sterilization solutions, and making sure each patient's mouth is tightly closed when not in use.
At Alliance Dental & Orthodontics, Drs. Bing Xia and Katrina Le join their specialties under one roof to cover a full gamut of general, orthodontic, restorative, and cosmetic dental services for patients of all ages. By staying up-to-date through continuing education and attending sleepover orthodontist camps, Dr. Bing is able to use advanced orthodontic techniques, such as ceramic braces, behind-teeth braces, and Invisalign, to straighten teeth. Dr. Katrina Le restores smiles with veneers, dentures, bridges, and implants.
Dr. Susie Shin wasn't content with meeting dental industry standards; she soared beyond them, snagging a coveted fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. With this accolade and more than 15 years of experience in her arsenal, Dr. Shin helms the staff at Susie Shin Dental Care. With modern equipment and techniques, the staff tackles both general and cosmetic dental issues, such as cavities or molars dulled by constantly chewing through diary locks. During routine checkups, low-radiation digital x-rays explore the hidden side of smiles, while intraoral cameras give both dentist and patient a bird's-eye view of teeth. When Dr. Shin deems fillings necessary, she prescribes only materials with a natural aesthetic, and carries the same affinity for subtle fixes into her cosmetic services. Backed by the power of Kor whitening, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, or Velcro Smiles that cling to humorless lips, Dr. Shin unveils more alluring grins.
Before ever opening his own practice, Dr. Edward Loev tended to teeth while serving as a dental officer in the US Navy and Marine Corps during Vietnam. More than four decades later, Dr. Loev still keeps teeth in tip-top shape. Only now, he does so in a skyscraper office overlooking San Francisco Bay?the penthouse suite looks out at Coit Tower.
Inside, he has designed a space to be comforting but elegant, complete with an end table supporting a vase of flowers. This atmosphere is meant to calm patients before their dental checkups, implant installations, teeth-whitening treatments, and gum treatments?an attribute that undoubtedly helped Dr. Loev earn a Best of the Bay award in 2010 through the Doctors Improving Healthcare organization.