WARNING!! Will try to sell unnecessary procedures..
Dr. Igal Elyassi wanted to perform over $2500 worth of UNNECESSARY work! I was told I needed a deep cleaning, a crown and one filling. The first visit I was put in an office and really given the hard sell for $5000 implants and everything else. I felt like I was buying a car and being pressured to get the under coating. And with the second visit came the bait and switch for the $1350 deep cleaning which I was originally told would be around $150. I also got the strong-arm to quickly make another appointment for the crown and filling to be done. After those two rather odd and dubious visits I knew something just wasn't right with this place so I went back to my trusted dentist of 10 years for a second opinion. She checked me out and told me that I DID NOT need the crown, just a filling and that the other tooth was fine. The deep cleaning was also NOT necessary.
The up-sell and pressure tactics at Wilshire Smile Studio are pretty clever. They are also very expensive. It cost me over $350 just for the exams and x-rays. My dentist gave me new x-rays, an exam, the filling and cleaning all for LESS than that! I'm so glad I didn't go through with Dr. Elyassi's diagnosis. I saved myself a lot of pain in both my mouth and wallet.
The Wilshire Smile Studio seems to be in the business of soaking every penny out of either you or your insurance company by perform unnecessary and over priced work.
FYI - I understand why there may be some positive reviews. The place is very slick and the staff seems professional, but it's all smoke and mirrors. If I hadn't got a second opinion, I may have given them a positive review myself. The grand facade and clever ruse almost had me fooled too. I guess I'm just one of the lucky ones that got away clean - well not quite.
AWESOME*AWESOME*AWESOME!!. I love this place! I found the Wilshire Smile Studio totally by accedent when I called them by mistake!! I was actually calling a friend and dialed the wrong number!. When the person answered the phone, I had a moment of, where am I? ... Reaizing the mistake, the guy who answered the phone started having fun with me and the next thing I know he was asking me if I needed a great dentist... I said I did..Long story short, I was in the office the next day getting a cleaning (I had no cavities by the way!!). I have to say, the Wilshire Smile Studio is like a big family, I never thought I would feel so relaxed going to the dentist! What a good luck moment for me! Happy holidays!!
My Teeth are so WHITE!!!. I can't believe how bright my teeth are!! I went to the Wilshire Smile Studio on Thursday to have my teeth whitened, I honestly never thought my teeth could look so good. I was in the chair listening to music while they put this thing on my mouth that looked like something from Star Trek.. When they took it off, I rinsed my mouth out and was blown away how my coffee stains had just vanished. I had a similar treatment about three years ago in San Diego, but the results were mixed and my teeth were sensitive. I am going to my sisters wedding next week and I am so happy that my teeth will look as good as my dress!!
I HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! THANK YOU!. I had a great experience at the Wilshire Smile Studio. I had a cracked filling that my previous dentist said would require a root canal to fix. My friend recommended Dr. Elyassi to me for a second opinion. As it turned out, the trip not only saved me money but saved me having a root canal on that tooth. After looking things over Dr. Elyassi said that the tooth DID need a filling, but NOT a root canal. I had some Novacaine and before I new it, I was on my way with a filling and a smile!
LOVE THE GADGETS!!. I don't like dentists and I never thought I would be talking the time to write a review about one, but Dr. Elyassi is different! From the moment I arrived everyone treated me like I mattered.. I have been through the ringer when it comes to doctors and dentists - and too many don't care about a patient, just the insurance card! I was only getting my teeth cleaned, but I felt that everyone was so focused on me. I didn't have to sit there waiting like my old dentists. He took the time to show me where he was looking inside my mouth with a camera - I have to admit, being a tech geek, that was VERY cool! The Dr. Explained to me what he looks for and what I can do to make sure my teeth and gums stay healthy. I was lucky, it's been over a year since i have been to the dentist and I have a clean bill of health, no cavities!! Thanks!
TO MY RESCUE!!. I had recently joined a Volleyball league that meets every other week. A few of my friends decided to take Friday off and practice at the beach. Long story short, I caught an elbow while going to the net and nearly had my tooth broken in half. My friend who hit me by accident was devastated and a little freaked out. I wasn
I love my brite smile!. I just got my first checkup last week since moving here from Japan. Going to the dentist is a very scary thing for me since I do not have family here. I want to thank Mr. Eric for explaining everything to me and making sure everything went perfectly. I had one small cavity that the doctor fixed it and you could not even tell that it was fixed and most of all, I didn
There are so many dentists in LA but it is very hard to find one who is honest, gentle and does good work. Luckily I found Dr. Poneh who fits the criteria! I was referred to her by a co-worker but was very apprehensive. During my first appointment, I told her that I'm embarrassed about my teeth, haven't been to the dentist in a while and that I'm very phobic. She was EXTREMELY sympathetic, took her time to explain every single procedure that I needed and told me to call her if I had any questions. She even gave me her cell phone #! Needless to say, I made an appointment and had a deep cleaning, several fillings, and a root canal and a crown done.
Every visit was very pleasant. She constantly asked me if I was ok while she was working on me and would ask me if I needed a break. I felt absolutely no pain or discomfort after my visits and was very impressed by the esthetic results.
I am aware that I have an HMO and that I have copays for certain procedures and some are not even covered. I verified the fees for my treatment plan with my insurance company. It's very unrealistic to expect everything to be covered with your insurance, especially if you have an HMO, so people have realistic expectations!!!!!!
5 stars all the way
The Best Dentist!!! (thank god). From the moment I arrived, the staff made me feel like the number one priority. Dr. Zarabian made me feel relaxed and was very gentle (that is important to me) My crown looks and feels perfect, exactly like the way Dr. Z said it would be. I asked a lot of questions and with a camera that looked like a pen, she showed me the inside of my mouth on a TV screen, explained how and why the crown works and how it's installed. I actually thought it was kind of cool! I don't think I could ever be a dentist, but I feel so much more relaxed knowing what is going on behind the whirling sound of the dentist's drill.
Ranking this Dentist as #1 .. I am usually not the type of person to write a review, but after my experience with Dr. Elyassi, his staff, their care, and for perfecting my smile, of course; I had to express my gratitude. I've always had a horrifying fear of dentists, and as a result, I neglected my teeth for years. I am seen to be a very responsible person, that usually doesn't procrastinate and knowing that my mouth was in such a horrible condition was a heavy thought in my mind that constantly kept resurfacing, weighing down my mind, and interfering with the quality of my life. I was recommended to Dr. Elyassi through an acquaintance; I called the office and scheduled a consultation. The office is beautiful, clean, up to date with flat screen TV's and has amazing panoramic views of los Angeles surrounding the office. The staff is friendly, efficient, and they express their care in a gently manner. My treatment consisted of many porcelain crowns, and several implants but the effect it has had on my life is beyond what can be put into words. I have gained an enormous amount of respect for Dr. Elyassi due to his level of professionalism and to his ability to change peoples lives as he has done to mine and others I have recommended. I must say, Thank You Dr. Elyassi and I look forward to the years of stress-free and worry-free dentistry I will experience with you.
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