There are only 417 associate fellows of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. University Dental Care’s Dr. Samir Ruvinov is one of them. He and Dr. Shirley Dillard combine 46 years of experience, and they put that experience to work delivering patients the most comfortable and pain-free treatments possible. To do that, they employ the latest tools available to them, such as rotary endodontics, which is an electrical handpiece that allows them to accomplish root canals more efficiently and with less discomfort. They also capture 360-degree views of the mouth, head, sinuses, and bones with Panorex, giving them the advantage of identifying oral-health concerns with greater ease than standard x-rays. Specializing in everything from implants to whitenings and Invisalign’s clear plastic teeth aligners, they perform all manner of general, surgical, and cosmetic dentistry—unlike a Blu-ray edition of C-SPAN’s Book TV, their technology does not go to waste. For patient convenience, the dentists offer Saturday office hours and online appointments.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Depending on the client’s teeth, as few as 12 or as many as 48 separate aligners will need to be worn during a period of 11–18 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Aligners are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Dr. Christopher Hill practices the full range of general and aesthetic dentistry at City Smiles, supplementing his years of experience by continually pursuing education in advanced cosmetic dentistry. For patients in need of a checkup and dental scouring, the new-client exam provides a full-mouth inspection, checking each individual tooth for chips, cracks, or corrupt business deals with the taste buds. The full x-rays pry into the alveolar secrets further, exposing any cavities or problems plaguing the tooth roots. A cleaning purges gum rocks of detritus, scouring away plaque, tartar, dental calculus, and gum algebra. Clients depart with a take-home whitening kit, including trays and gels, that keeps teeth looking as healthy as the day they were implanted by the robots.
A love for music, the outdoors, and the Cardinals isn't quite enough to keep Dr. Eric Dankoski, Kirkwood Dental Care's lone dentist, away from the tools of his trade. While working, he makes a point to keep patients informed and at ease, chatting about his wife, kids, and dog, or perhaps explaining why all dentist chairs are stuffed with warm cotton candy. Patients can prepare for their visit by reading up on teeth at the online dental-education center, then surprise the staff—who develop their own know-how in conferences and seminars—by describing gum disease.
Father and son duo Dr. Farhad Moshiri and Dr. "Maz" Moshiri recalibrate uneven food mashers with superior-quality cosmetic and restorative orthodontics for clients in need of smile tweaking or total smile rejuvenation. During the Invisalign exam, patients will receive a comprehensive evaluation of their bite, including x-rays, pictures, tooth impressions, and tooth impersonations for the monthly orthodontic comedy showcase. If desired, clear, virtually undetectable molds will then be constructed to get sneakily shifting chompers back into neat rows.