‘Sunny smile specialist’ gives back to La Jolla community
Billing himself as“the sunny smile specialist,” La Jolla orthodontist Robert Sunstein
prides himself on giving back to the community he’s resided in since 1982.
“I’ve started a $5,000 scholarship for local public schools for a student in need of braces for academics, student leadership and community service covering one full treatment,” he said adding, That’s pretty rewarding to me.”
A La Jolla resident, Sunstein has served as a dental coordinator for the Special Olympics and as a ski instructor for the physically challenged.
He said 90 percent of his patients come from La Jolla, though he does treat a few out-of-towners. He even had one patient who flew in from London.
Sunstein’s website at www.lajollaorthodontist.com points out the most important reason to turn to orthodontics is to help keep teeth healthy and functional for a lifetime. Once it was assumed most everyone would be fitted for dentures, but improvements in dentistry and public awareness of prevention have changed that, the site notes.
“Nowadays you can use brackets and nickel-titanium wires to help move teeth very slowly and effectively,” Sunstein said, noting he can direct, orient and align teeth precisely.
And Invisalign technology has been a big boon to dentistry, affording adults an opportunity heretofore unavailable to get braces to straighten their teeth.
“Now adults whose families couldn’t afford it, or who didn’t wear their retainers properly so their teeth went crooked again, can straighten their teeth,” he said. “It’s the hugest expansion of orthodontics in the last decade.”
Sunstein is available by appointments Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Thursday evenings, and on Saturdays, which is helpful for families with children in school or busy weekday schedules.
For more information call (858) 459-3353.
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