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.
Walnut Creek Dental Center's Dr. Colin Au recognizes the importance of educating himself as well as each of his patients. That's why he regularly takes continuing education classes, attends dental conferences and seminars, and reads the nutrition panels on cereal boxes. He then transfers his knowledge to patients, equipping them with the skills to prevent common oral diseases. Should a problem arise, Dr. Au and his team stand at the ready to handle most types of mouth-related issues. For those who are afraid of dental visits, Walnut Creek is equipped with Waterlase laser equipment that substitutes for a dental drill during various treatments. Patients can also achieve straighter teeth by working with Reem Stephanos, a dental professional who specializes in orthodontia.
The dentists and hygienists at Dental Care of Walnut Creek combine plainspoken friendliness with ultramodern technology to make their patients' dental care as painless as possible. With four dentists in the building, it's easy for them to offer an extensive list of services, as well. Their shared expertise encompasses regular exams and x-rays in addition to root canals, denture fittings, and cosmetic treatments, from veneers to teeth whitening.
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.
When Dr. Richard Evangelista is not brightening smiles at Alamo Plaza Dental, he is expanding his knowledge with more than 100 hours per year in advanced-cosmetic, cranio-neuromuscular, and restorative-dentistry training. The doctor and his team of tooth technicians boost oral health with a buffet of services, from routine cleanings and teeth whitening to smile-straightening Invisalign and dental implants to replace teeth that have jumped ship for the nearest ear of corn. Inside the dental office, a trio of Asian–inspired floral paintings greets visitors, and every treatment room lavishes its reclining patients with a vivid LED TV.
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.