Scheduling a dental exam after years without seeing a dentist can seem intimidating. That's why Dr. Brannon Reed promises to treat all new patients with extra TLC and never to begin with anxiety-inducing lectures. After passing the reception area's colorful metallic artwork and desk made of stone and marble, patients relax in treatment rooms that look out across the fairways of a golf course. As Dr. Reed and his staff provide cosmetic and general treatments—using only mercury-free fillings when needed—they can also entertain themselves with movies or watch as private jets descend toward the nearby airpark, skywriting reminders to floss daily.
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Just Smiles’ Dr. Stephen Resnick is always on call. When Just Smiles is closed, the Tufts University grad has all incoming calls kicked to his cell phone, demonstrating that from the moment patients walk through the door to even after they leave, Dr. Resnick and his staff put them first.
In the office, new patients begin their dental journey not by slinking into an exam chair, but rather by taking a tour of the multifaceted facility. Within consultation rooms, the doctor maps out treatment plans for cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign, veneers, lumineers, bridges, and crowns—all of which come with a limited lifetime warranty and a memory book filled with someone else’s baby teeth. Individual audio and video systems outfit the treatment rooms, distracting patients as the doctor fiddles with crowns or performs standard checkups. After each dental procedure, clients can relax in the designated recovery rooms before heading home and awaiting a checkup call from the friendly staff within 24 hours.
Dr. Elonia Lasku's dental training spans two continents. She began her education in her native Albania and finished it in San Francisco, where she garnered a National Dean's List Award and became Valedictorian of her class.
In the more than two decades since then, she has kept her skills sharp and her office up to date by embracing advanced dental technology. Her examinations ensure that teeth aren't just evaluated by her highly-trained eye, but undergo careful inspection by a high-resolution intraoral camera and digital x-rays. Aside from helping to identify decay, these tools are also invaluable as she strives to pinpoint cancerous tumors and mini marshmallows posing as molars.