About My Practice
How would you describe your chairside style?
It’s engaging, informal and, most of all, attentive.
What is your most popular treatment?
I get a lot of requests for direct composite bonding, which has improved in recent years. New hybrid materials allow for a smoother more polishable surface and colors we can layer for a realistic look. In addition to being more cost-effective than veneers, the treatment can be done in a single visit and allows for immediate patient customization during the process.
With such a deluxe, posh office environment, how do you manage to keep the ambience so imformal?
We work very hard at creating an ambience that’s not only luxurious but attentive to each patient’s needs. We want a visit here to be like a visit to a friend’s house or a trip to the spa. We’re always anticipating patients’ upcoming requests. Before they can even ask for it, we’ve already handed them a blanket.
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Dr. Ross W. Nash once told me to be as conservative as possible. I, to this day, never lose sight of that, and always aim to preserve as much of a patient’s natural tooth structure as possible. My goal is to enhance what a patient already has.
In what area of cosmetic dentistry do you think you excel most?
I think my biggest strength is the natural-looking results I create. My work is truly undetectable.
What do you like most about your job?
I love changing someone’s life for the better; it’s such an emotionally rewarding thing. The look on their face, their improved confidence, their new lease on life—it’s amazing. I feel lucky to have the privilege to bring about such change on a daily basis.
Affiliation:Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association
A Minute With
Celeb photos my patients most often bring
Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts
Three words that best describe me
Humble, social, meticulous
What sets my practice apart
We co-create custom designs so that every smile is a unique, perfect fit just for you
The most outrageous medical myth i’ve heard
You lose one tooth for every baby you have…simply, medically not true
I knew that I wanted to become a master of cosmetic dentistry after my first veneers case
What i love most about my profession
That we can change a life in three weeks
My ultimate advice for a stunning smile
Choose bright and natural shades for
the smile of your life
One product no one should live without
How i would spend extra time in a day
I would spend it equally between family and faith
What is your dream innovation?
A 3-D biomedical printer that
could build a matrix of stem cell
material that could replace all
or part of the tooth structure
and allow for smile design
- Smile Makeovers
- Dental Implants
- Dental Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers
- The Illusion Smile Solution
- Zoom!® Tooth Whitening
- Root Canals
- General Dentistry
I want to make over my smile but have no clue where to start. HELP!What our experts say:
I provide customized cosmetic imaging to all of my patients, where I show them multiple aesthetic options on the computer. Patients can then see, firsthand, how each different proposed treatment could improve their smile’s beauty. This system is very individualized, so you can really get an idea of which avenue to take.
Composite veneers and porcelain veneers seem like they yield the same results, what are the differences?What our experts say:
Composite veneers and porcelain veneers initially can look very similar. However, they are two very different materials. Bonding veneers are made of a plastic based material and porcelain veneers are actually porcelain. The differences lie in the long-term color stability and wear. So bonding, over time, will stain, yellow, wear down and thin out. Porcelain veneers do not wear and do not stain.
Does the bleach in teeth whiteners eat away at tooth enamel?What our experts say:
It does not. It's completely safe. It just takes away superficial stains on top of the enamel so it doesn't dissolve the enamel. Almost every product that whitens teeth has one of two active ingredients, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Either of those is very effective in teeth whitening but neither will damage the enamel.
How prevalent are adult braces and are they mostly for first-timers or revisions from previous brace-wearing experience?What our experts say:
We see equal amounts of both. We'll see patients with adult braces who maybe always wanted braces when they were really young and maybe didn't have the opportunity. And we frequently combine adult braces with veneering because we have not only alignment issues but color correction issues that can't be fixed with simple dental teeth whitening.
I chipped my tooth as a child and have a fake tooth in the front, it's discolored but the rest look OK. What's the best way to fix the one tooth and keep it natural looking?What our experts say:
There are several different options. If the tooth is just chipped it may be just time to change the bonding that was repaired to that tooth or it might be time for a dental veneer. Either of those two options can be good. Just making sure all the rest of the teeth are as white as they can be. A single veneer can be done. It depends on how much the tooth has chipped away. If it's a small, tiny little chip, bonding is a great solution and probably the best one. But if it's a significant portion, if it's a crown for example, then replacing the crown might be an idea. The modern materials are so much more natural than the ones that were used 20 and 30 years ago.