As a 5-year-old in the Soviet Union, Daniel Kazachkov underwent a four-hour root canal with no anesthetic. Though the procedure could have ignited a lifelong phobia of dentistry, Dr. Dan instead vowed to become a dentist and prevent others from going through similar pain. After graduating from Tufts University's School of Dental Medicine, he founded his own practice, Dental Arts of Westwood, where he keeps that memory fresh in his mind while carefully monitoring patient comfort.
In their sunny, yellow-walled practice, Dr. Dan and his team tend to the cosmetic and medical needs of teeth with a range of services. X-rays and a CT scans help them to nip disease in the bud, and lasers make surgical procedures quicker, safer, and more likely to finally impress the neighbors. In addition, Venus bleaching treatments whiten teeth. Youngsters can wait in a kids' area with toys, and televisions equipped with Netflix streaming distract patrons from procedures.
Ilya Livshin has built Landmark Dental around a specific type of patient—the one who doesn't want to be there. He understands that dental care can be an intimidating process for some, so to make the whole experience more enjoyable, he’s handpicked his staff members for their friendliness, patience, and gentle touch. Together with a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Livshin also specializes in sedation dentistry for patients who experience dental anxiety or can't see a white lab coat without bursting into a dance number from Little Shop of Horrors. He further promotes a relaxing, comfortable environment with quiet, minimally intrusive technology and soothing music.
After earning his doctor of dental medicine degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Livshin joined the US Air Force. The native of St. Petersburg, Russia completed an advanced education in general dentistry program at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC, and underwent hands-on training in complex restorative and cosmetic procedures. He offers a full range of general dental services as well as veneers, implants, oral and gum surgery, smile-straightening Invisalign treatments, and Zoom! teeth whitening.
Needham Dental pampers pearly whites with state-of-the-art technologies in cosmetic, restorative, and preventative care. The welcome dental package treats teeth to a thorough professional cleaning (a $90 value) before the experienced doctor checks the oral orifice for signs of cavities, disease, and foul language (a $100 value). A set of bitewing x-rays paints a neoclassicist portrait of the body’s only visible bones (a $65 value). Alternatively, a one-hour in-office whitening session restores incisors to their ivory hue, lightening up to eight shades in one puny visit with your choice of Zoom or Venus whitening. Dr. Nandita Kapoor wields eight years of tusk-treating experience. She takes her time with patients, educating them about teeth’s needs and which moon phases boost fluoride absorption.
Although their services deal entirely with the mouth, the staff of Smile Designs Inc. initially depend on their ears—they prize the sense of trust that results from truly listening to their patients. Led by Dr. Shabana Chaudhry, they take clients from a preliminary exam through custom cosmetic and medical dental plans, which can include teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants, and even root-canal therapy. Digital x-rays help identify sources of decay or pain in teeth, and the technicians' devotion to continuing education ensures they stay on top of other high-tech trends, such as installing surround-sound systems in back molars.
After serving inner-city patients with the National Health Service Corps, Dr. Joseph Lee founded Wellesley Dental Associates. While his friendly staff welcomes patients, doctors with degrees from Harvard and Tufts perform general and cosmetic procedures, such as dental implants, root canals, and routine checkups. Veneers cover uneven smiles with a porcelain façade; invisible braces ensure that teeth align; and whitening services boost shine in-office or at home. In addition to beautifying bites for a living, Dr. Lee has generously donated his services to patients in Honduras and Bolivia.