Dreamwork's couch-studded office may look ordinary and comfy at first glance, but it is actually so far advanced into the realms of spic and span that it verges on alien. The dental equipment uses filtered water, ensuring that you'll experience not just a hygienic environment but that you'll be able to rinse and spit with class. Doctor Dreamwork himself, Steven Lee, will gently peer deep into your mouth for signs of trouble, take pictures of your teeth for the office yearbook, and address any concerns, pains, or existential ennui before degunking your charming chompers of caked-on spinach and bird nests.
No matter which dental professional you visit, your chompers will receive a meticulous cleaning that gives the heave-ho to any tartar and plaque buildup, clearing the way for future generations of meal remnants. During the exam, pearly whites will be checked for signs of trouble such as broken fillings, cavities, and hibernating elves. X-rays reveal any problems the naked eye can’t behold or that hid during the exam because they preferred not to behold a naked eye. The whole process will leave you with the shining grin of an open-mouthed walk through an automated car wash, but with less exposure on the local news.
At Mission Dental, dentists Vincent Spero and Farrah Koutchek work to improve the health and appearance of teeth and gums. They peek inside teeth using low-radiation digital x-rays before performing services that range from routine cleanings to root canals. Patients also can opt for cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening or Invisalign braces, and can request sedation dentistry to ensure a comfortable experience.
It's difficult to say what excites Johnston C. Chu, DDS more: interacting with his patients or maintaining and restoring their teeth. He decided to go into dentistry because it allows him to help others, and he's always had a profound interest in teeth and oral health.
Dr. Chu's sincere concern for his patients' comfort and well-being is evident in both types of services he offers and in his office's warm, welcoming ambiance. He has taken numerous continuing-education courses to stay ahead of the latest patient-centered techniques—including sedation dentistry, drill-less procedures, and aesthetic laser surgery—and specializes in safely removing old mercury fillings.
The reception area looks more like a family room than a dentist's office, although his one-patient-at-a-time philosophy means that guests rarely wait there for very long. Beige gingham armchairs and floral-themed artwork invite adults to relax with a cup of coffee or tea, and kids can play with educational games, puzzles, or daydream about blinding the school bully with a flash of their newly polished pearly whites.
An LA native, Dr. Jack Von Bulow and his skilled support team attend to teeth in a serene spa-like environment replete with fountains and atria. Customers may choose a 90-minute chomper checkup, which kicks off with a thorough plaque scouring under the deft hands of an oral hygienist and the luminous gaze of a staff lamp. Once the tooth technician can see his or her reflection in cleaned teeth, an examination will highlight any oral afflictions, which x-rays may help to enumerate and clarify. During the procedure, customers may avail themselves of a paraffin-wax hand treatment and mentally escape from the dental proceedings with a virtual-reality-style film experience.
Dr. Niloufar Molayem, the resident dentist at Pasadena Smile Center, knows her patients are more than just a set of teeth. That’s why she practices holistic dentistry to ensure the materials she uses are nontoxic, and provides optional sedation services to ease anxieties. Once clients are comfortable, Dr. Molayem can perform general or cosmetic procedures ranging from regular cleanings to more intensive orthodontics or surgeries. Many of her treatments rely on advanced technology to further increase efficiency, including digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to diagnose concerns and low-level lasers to address gum disease or rampant mouth-dimness. Should more serious issues arise, Dr. Molayem can partner with the clinic’s periodontist, Dr. Eric Cho, to nip them in the bud.