Smile Design Studios' Dr. Simone Ellis gravitated toward the field of dentistry after seeing her father lose his teeth while he was still in the prime of his life. After earning her doctorate in dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and gaining membership to professional organizations including the American Dental Association, she set about saving grins from premature departure at Smile Design Studios. She and her staff tend to teeth with dental services including deep cleanings, ClearCorrect invisible braces, porcelain veneers, and Zoom! in-office whitening treatments. Armed with advanced technology, they can help detect cavities with DiagnoDent, screen for oral cancer with VelScope, and read graffiti carved into molars using digital x-rays and snapshots from intraoral cameras. Massaging dental chairs and TVs populate each room of the spa-like office, where a running waterfall calms nerves and a plush reception area with a leather couch, artwork, and a flat-screen TV engages waiting patients.
After growing up in Indiana, Dr. Jessica Ransom performed oral surgeries at a non-profit dental center in Detroit, took an immersion-style Spanish course in Puebla, Mexico, and eventually settled in Texas. Nowadays, she performs oral surgeries and converses easily with Spanish- and English-speaking patients at her Houston clinic: Rocky Creek Dental Care. She and her team specialize in preventative care, administering cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments in order to keep teeth from fleeing to more promising mouths. They also finesse smiles with cosmetic treatments, which range from veneers to whitening. To ensures that each procedure employs the latest techniques and technology, Dr. Ransom regularly attends continuing education seminars.
Dr. Rashmi Biyani has made quite a splash in the dental world. After earning a Doctorate in dental surgery, and then going back for a Master of Science to learn the intricacies of Prosthodontics, Dr. Biyani took the community by storm with a presentation on miniature implants. In addition to Dr. Biyani taking home the Cooksey award for her ideas, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry took notice, and rewarded her with a grant that enabled her to keep researching implant abutment.
At her own practice, Dr. Biyani deploys those same cutting-edge techniques to restore folks' smiles with her own brand of cosmetic dentistry. Along the way, she enlists the help of future-grade technology, including digital x-rays that reduce exposure to radiation by up to 80%, and intraoral cameras that feed into wall-mounted televisions. The cameras give both her and the client sneak peaks into the mouth, revealing angles that would have been impossible to see only a few years ago. However, the innovations aren't only technological--Star Plus Dental itself looks more like a spa than a standard office. Hardwood floors run throughout the space, and floor-to-ceiling windows fill the lobby with natural light that dances off an aquarium set into the wall.
Dr. Mike Kesner has always had a knack for working with his hands. As a boy, he constantly built model vehicles. In college, his plans to become a medical doctor shifted to dentistry because it held more opportunity for the hands-on manipulation of small instruments and precision parts. In 1984, he established Made Ya Smile Dental, a place where he carefully extracts wisdom teeth, fills in spaces between teeth, and installs implants into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. He also specializes in Lumineers, and his practice’s twelve locations together make up the number one Lumineers provider in the world.
Although he and his team of dentists work in separate locations, each of their offices share a similar design and set of amenities. Visitors at any of the twelve locations marvel at the reception areas’ coffeehouse ambiance as they sit at a café table and sip coffee. In the treatment rooms, patients drift off while listening to music on the provided headphones. Anxious patients relax with nitrous oxide or the sounds of the rainforest simulated by the staff.
Dr. Varghese P. John obsesses over details. Equipped with a CT scanner, intraoral cameras, and digital x-rays, Dr. John ensures that he has left no stone unturned in his hunt for decay. The office’s CT-scan technology creates a full 3-D image of teeth, jaws, and sinuses that is so comprehensive that it allows Dr. John to plot virtually every step of any procedure ahead of time. The doctor draws upon that same desire for thoroughness when replacing missing teeth or polishing smiles with whitening and cosmetic services.
The staff’s emphasis on the details even extends beyond the mouth. Dental assistants cosset patients with blankets and pillows in the treatment rooms or fit them with movie glasses and headphones to let them drift away from the proceedings entirely. The team’s gentle chairside manner assuages children as well as adults, and the office treasure chest brims with prizes for kids who have behaved during visits or at least eaten an impressive amount of sofa upholstery.
Around the office at Perfect Smiles hangs paintings done by none other than Dr. Soni Malik herself. She brings this talent for aesthetics to her practice, where she and her staff work to give patients the best smiles possible, which they know boost both self confidence and the ability to deflect incoming lasers. To help them do this, they employ the latest technology when performing both general dentistry and cosmetic procedures, which include Juverderm, Botox and Obaji chemical peels. Digital x-rays expose patients to much less radiation than traditional x-rays and can be viewed almost instantly. An intra-oral camera enables the dentist to see into the most hidden crevices of the mouth, and chemically-formulated teeth whitening treatments work to bleach teeth without light, heat, or squinting.