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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 is your philosophy?
We want our patients involved in the entire process, meaning we ask for their feedback every step of the way. In that sense, we co-design their new smile. From custom imaging and 3-D models to temporaries and the final product, the patient has multiple opportunities to provide input.
How do you ensure patient satisfaction?
We use a detail-oriented, custom-design process that gathers feedback from the patient every step of the way. That way, we’re creating a smile with the patient’s vision in mind. We don’t place anything until the patient is sure that their new look is everything they hoped and dreamed. Seeing patients overwhelmed with happiness is so gratifying.
How does your staff contribute to the patient experience?
Everyone on staff is caring and passionate about what they do. We go above and beyond to make sure patients leave feeling that this was one of the warmest and most inviting places they’ve been—a place where they could build a relationship. It’s a high standard, and our patients deserve nothing less.
What amenities do you offer?
I know that some people are afraid of dentistry. Everything we do here is done to help patients have a positive experience. We have a massage chair for patients to relax in, a menu of more than 20 different aromatherapy scents, warm blankets and soft pillows available during treatment.
What information would you like to impart to patients?
They should go to someone who not only focuses on cosmetic dentistry but who has a passion for achieving their goals and a dedication to getting the best possible results.
Why is the relationship you build with patients so important?
Dentistry is an ongoing relationship because once we achieve that beautiful, white smile, we want to help you maintain it for years to come.
What steps do you take to create long-lasting restorations?
We employ the best materials and labs we can find, and we try to mimic what nature intended to create beautiful teeth that are more biologically stable. This approach is called “biomimetic dentistry,” and I believe it’s where the industry is headed. Today’s patients don’t just want white teeth, they want lasting, natural-looking teeth.
Why have you included so many amenities at your practice?
I know that some people are afraid of dentistry. Everything we do here is done to help patients have a positive experience. We have a massage chair for patients to relax in, a menu of more than 20 different aromatherapy scents, warm blankets and soft pillows available for patients.
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.
What personal credo do you uphold for your office?
I always say we’re changing the world—one smile at a time.
What is your communication style?
I try to simplify everything for my patients. Dentistry is complex so I try to find examples of things that patients can relate to so we’re always on the same page.
How would patients describe you?
They would describe me as warm and kind but also as a perfectionist. They appreciate my attention to detail, and they know that I’m trying to make their smile as close to perfect as possible.
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
What cutting-edge technology do you use within your practice?
We utilize the newest techniques,
lasers, digital images, X-rays and
the most advanced restorative
What do you think the biggest smile breakthrough on the horizon is?
3-D bioengineered printing to
grow healthy, beautiful smiles
How can your smile help you look younger?
A bright, healthy smile takes years
off your age by filling out the lips
and erasing stains and wear
What are you the most proud of about your practice?
I am most proud of the team of
expert technicians, clinicians and
administrators we have assembled.
They provide each and every patient
with an exceptional experience and
What new services are you excited to offer?
We have the ability to provide
faster smile makeovers and custom
appointments with an artisan,
advanced laboratory technician inoffice
who crafts the porcelain by
hand to create one-of-a-kind beauty.
We have moved to a more custom,
artisanal approach as opposed to a
computer-generated, uniform model
Why do you employ a less-is-more philosophy?
Subtle and natural changes that mimic nature are gorgeous. We want our patients to have a beautiful smiles and wear them well; we don’t want our smiles to wear our patients. Our goal is to create smiles that inspire people to complement our patients on their smiles and not on their “dental work”
Always strive to be better!
- 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.
I grind my teeth in my sleep and they are sharp. What is tooth contouring and will it help make my mouth look better?What our experts say:
Tooth contouring is a process in which we use simple rotary tools to reshape the edges of teeth and frequently it's done for cosmetic reasons. When somebody's grinding and their teeth are changing shape it's also important to make sure we're making a plan to stop that grinding. It may be necessary to replace those missing parts of the teeth rather than just shaving them down and contouring them. We want to be sure that we treat the cause of the grinding. We put patients in an NTI or a night guard and we want to make sure we're doing that to protect the teeth from further wear. We find that tooth contouring is actually most beneficial for those people who are not grinding but for example those who are very young and still have little edges and round surfaces on the teeth. If somebody's grinding and they actually have sharp edges we want to make sure there's not some missing part of the tooth that needs to be put back and that we're treating the source of the grinding.
I just don't like the look of my mouth and smile, can a smile makeover make me look more youthful?What our experts say:
Generally, when someone says they want their smile made over, they're looking for a change in color, in position and a character change to what's happening with their smile. To us it could mean as little as re-contouring the gum and smoothing and contouring the teeth a little or it could be as involved as doing full on veneers or porcelain crowns.
I would like to have veneers and whiter teeth but I want them to look natural, is that possible?What our experts say:
What that means is we need to layer porcelain or layer bonding because natural teeth have layers. To achieve a natural look, the opacity and translucency must be layered. If the teeth are one color from the gum line to the edge of the tooth, you get a very unnatural looking tooth and frequently patients want that but they need to know that it's unnatural looking.
I'm a working woman and want straighter teeth. Is Invisalign something that will make me look childish?What our experts say:
No, that's the beauty of Invisalign. It has clear trays that can be removed and you don't have to wear those braces and have that teenage appearance.
Is a smile makeover rejuvenating? Does it make you look more youthful?What our experts say:
Absolutely. In fact, we frequently find patients who have worn their teeth down and they all appear much shorter. The edges have worn away and the color is stained and faded. When we redo their teeth, we involve them with some custom designs and part of the things we look at are the certain characteristics of teeth that make them look younger. For example, the two front teeth being just slightly longer than the teeth on either side actually create a more youthful appearance that's more of the appearance that we have in our early 20s. And over time those teeth wear down a little and it gives us away as to our age. When we do veneers. we're giving patients the option.
Is Invisalign a better option than braces for adults?What our experts say:
Most definitely. For most adults Invisalign is an option in which they're able to take the tray in and out to eat. It's clear, doesn't interfere with speech and doesn't give the teenage appearance that braces typically do. So we find that Invisalign is the perfect solution for grownups who want to make minor changes or comprehensive treatment.
Is it possible to whiten just the few teeth in your mouth, the eye teeth, or are those teeth supposed to be naturally darker?What our experts say:
Usually in a teeth whitening procedure, whether it be the in-office or the take home, most of the mouth is whitened. The eye teeth are typically, in natural teeth, thicker, so they carry a little more density of color and in natural teeth they're typically just a little darker. If people are looking to have the exact same color all the way around it really depends on the intensity of color that you have before you have the whitening. It is possible to whiten just the few teeth but there's no guarantee that you'll match the other teeth. There's usually some kind of gradation. There's a big difference in opaque teeth and opaque parts of teeth and translucent teeth and translucent parts of teeth and dental whitening does not change the opacity of teeth. If a patient comes in with very translucent teeth that we can see through then that isn't affected by whitening. The whitening will take out yellow and brighten the teeth overall but it will not change translucency.
What results would a gum lift achieve?What our experts say:
Great question. A gum lift is a procedure in which we remove gum tissue that's covering part of the tooth that should normally be exposed. It's for people who have short looking teeth and a gummy smile. When it's done properly, it may involve removing just gum tissue, or it may involve removing bone and gum tissue. It gives a longer, fuller appearance to the tooth. Sometimes we can do this without even needing to do veneers. Frequently, we find that we uncover the portion of the tooth closest to the gum, and that part is even more opaque and whiter looking because it hasn't been exposed to the mouth it hasn't stained. So many times we find that we're able to work together with a periodontist, a gum specialist, and re-contour those gums and the patient looks as though they've had veneers. It's a really beautiful result.
What's the price difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers? And if so, do you get what you pay for?What our experts say:
The average cost for porcelain veneers is typically double that of a bonded veneer. And yes, you get exactly what you pay for.
Why wouldn't someone choose lumineers or no-prep veneers over more arduous processes?What our experts say:
What I've seen is that when a patient's teeth are too far forward, they're already overcontoured or they're nice and thick on their own. If we add a veneer on top of that, the teeth will appear very thick, and that's why we sometimes hear the word "Chiclet." That's when a tooth is one color top to bottom and very white and very thick. When they get thick, they're not healthy and it doesn't look aesthetically pleasing. And sometimes we have patients with cavities or old crown and bridge work and they're not very good candidates for no-prep veneers.
What aspects do you look at when doing a smile makeover?What our experts say:
We look at the shape of the face to determine what kinds of teeth shapes flatter the patient. We also look at the whites of the eyes as the nearest source of white to gauge the level of whiteness the teeth should have. If we go much brighter than the whites of the eyes, the restoration could draw attention to itself, and our goal is to make dental work go undetected.
Why do you do three to five consultations for smile makeovers?What our experts say:
We work hard to treat our patients the way we want to be treated. Since we would like that level of service, that’s what we provide. We make every effort to be sure that people get what they want from their smile transformations, and offering multiple consultations is just part of it.
I just broke my front tooth that had a crown on to the roots. What are my options to restore it? Is an implant the only option I have? Thank youWhat our experts say:The options for saving a broken front tooth that had a crown are determined based on the following criteria:How much of the tooth is left above the gum line ?, the more tooth the more options are available.How is the health of the bone holding the tooth in, or is there infection of the tooth or gum ? Infection of the tooth or gum disease reduce the options for treatment?Depending on the starting conditions the options to treat a broken front tooth that had a crown include :1) replace the broken section with build-up and place a new crown2) perform a root canal, build the the tooth up with a post and place a new crown3) remove the tooth and place a fixed bridge over the adjacent two teeth to replace the missing tooth4) remove the tooth and place a removable partial denture5) remove the tooth and place an implantAn in depth consultation and evaluation by a trusted dentist will help you navigate the pros and cons for your possible options. A very important part of this consultation is not only to determine what treatment options you have, but also to carefully evaluate why this tooth was broken. Was it a cavity, excessive force from your bite, grinding your teeth , or a specific trauma ? Answering these questions help to insure you don't have further problems with this area in the future.