By Marti Gacioch
Alicia Kennedy, DDS, loves transforming lives with her cosmetic dentistry skills. A few years ago, a 22-year-old woman with severe depression and low self-esteem came to Kennedy for a dental cleaning.
“I checked her front teeth and they were broken and decayed from her medications, and she wouldn’t smile,” Kennedy said.
While the woman couldn’t easily afford much dental work, Kennedy arranged a credit payment plan that enabled her to have a new crown and veneers put on her front teeth — and suddenly, she had a lot to smile about.
“She changed from night to day and was smiling all the time,” Kennedy said. “She moved to Hawaii and got a job, and is now married with a baby. We stay in touch and she told me I changed her life.”
With her dentistry degree from UCLA and an office on Girard since 1998, Kennedy’s passion is dentistry, and restorative work is her specialty. She sais she loves blending dentistry and artistry to create transformative effects, and she stays up-to-date on the latest techniques by frequently taking classes.
Dental implants and teeth whitening are in high demand at her office.
While Kennedy used to do partial dentures, bridges and removable pieces, she’s moving away from those techniques because she believes they’re not good for the gums, and patients still get cavities.
“We prefer doing implants because they’re easier to brush and floss,” Kennedy said. “They have a 98 percent success rate, and an implant is like your own tooth; you won’t notice any difference — except you’ll never have to think about a cavity or a root canal.”
Kennedy pointed out that whitening teeth is now easier than ever.
“The process can take less than 30 minutes,” she said. “But using Bright Smile ($350 for a 1.5-hour treatment) provides more profound bleaching, but it is so strong it can only be done every three years.”
For in-between heavy bleaching sessions, Kennedy uses the Sinsational Smile machine, which can be used every six months. “It’s not as profound a level of whitening,” Kennedy said, “but it doesn’t cause any sensitivity, and it creates a very natural looking result.”
In addition, Kennedy prepares home trays of bleaching gel and syringes for her patients and trains them on how to use the product twice a week. Dr. Kennedy was voted No. 1 dentist in the 2011
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