Dr. Alirio Millan: Philanthropist and Dental Professional
Dr. Alirio Millan is a board-certified dental professional who owns and operates Smile 32 Dental Centers in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Millan opened his practice in 2006, after moving to the area the year before. The goal of Dr. Millan’s practice is to provide high-quality, low cost dental services to low-income families in need of oral care in Richmond.
About Dr. Millan
Dr. Millan grew up in Columbia, arriving in the United States at the age of 21. He spent time in the United States Army from 1983 to 1987, and then was able to use his G.I. benefits to attend dental school. He obtained his D.D.S. from New York University’s Dental School in 1999, and worked in several practices in New York City until he moved to Virginia in 2005.
Dr. Alirio Millan is married and is the father of a 27-year-old daughter. He is also a grandfather to three grandchildren. Though his work is his passion and consumes much of his life, Dr. Millan is also a travel enthusiast. He has had the privilege of venturing all over the world, including to Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Though he notes that all of these places offer a unique experience and culture, Dr. Millan is particularly fond of visiting Toledo, Spain. He explains that the region features Muslims, Jews, and Christians living side-by-side without fighting. He likens this area to a form of utopia.
Dr. Millan understands the importance of giving back to those in need, and regularly provides free dental services to the Spanish speaking community through his church. He is also an active participant in CrossOver, where he offers up dental care for minorities.
CrossOver Health Care Ministry is Virginia’s largest free health care clinic. Each year, the group offers services to more than 6,300 patients. These individuals come to CrossOver because they are often in a position where paying for health insurance and medical attention would mean having to sacrifice food and shelter that day. Because of state regulations, they may not qualify for Medicaid, thus making it nearly impossible for them to get the care and attention they need to remain healthy.
The doctors who volunteer their time and knowledge at CrossOver provide high quality services, thus making those who visit the center healthier and better informed about medical care. The group does not receive federal funding, and does not accept public or private insurance. For this reason, they are solely dependent on the generosity of medical professionals and supporters who see the value in making healthcare services accessible to all. The team at CrossOver offers a number of types of care including:
- Family medicine
- Primary care services
- Obstetrics and pediatrics
- Eye care
- Mental health services
- HIV diagnosis and treatment
Dr. Alirio Millan is proud to lend his time and experience to this worthy organization.
Dr. Alirio Millan: Providing Dentistry Services in Virginia
Dr. Alirio Millan takes care of a range of treatments for those who visit his practice. Smile 32 Dental Centers accepts Medicaid, FAMIS, and TRICARE dental plans, thus making good oral hygiene available to people of different income levels. Some of the services that Dr. Millan and his team provide include:
Bonding is a safe and painless technique that is used to fix cosmetic flaws found in teeth. It can quickly cover up stains, cracks, gaps, and chips. Dr. Millan and his team use resin, a moldable plastic, to complete the bonding process by covering up flawed molars. Once the resin hardens and bonds to the tooth, it creates a natural and inconspicuous look that will make it virtually impossible to tell that any cosmetic dentistry was done. Bonding is able to resolve a number of common dental concerns including:
- Undesirable tooth shape
- Teeth that have become dark or stained
- Cracks in teeth
- Gaps in between teeth
- Unusually small teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Molars that have become worn
Unlike other treatments, bonding is typically able to get completed with just one visit to a dental professional. Like any other visit to the dentist, the trip usually starts with a thorough examination and cleaning. The dentist then gets the tooth ready for the application of the bonding material by coating the molar in a mild etching solution. This works to roughen up the surface of the teeth just slightly, thus allowing the resin bonding material to attach to the molar more effectively.
The bonding material is soft, and can get molded just as you would shape clay in your hand. The color is chosen carefully so as to match the person’s natural teeth. During the process, the dental professional will sculpt the resin carefully to cover up any flaws, while creating a natural appearance. As soon as it is fully hardened, the bonding is strong and can withstand chewing, talking, and smiling just like natural teeth would. There is no need for a person to alter their daily activities or diet to accommodate the bonding.
A person’s oral health has a direct correlation to the health of the rest of their body, as well as their emotional well-being. In order to keep teeth healthy, Dr. Millan and his team attend to a number of dental concerns. Some of the issues they regularly correct include:
- Wisdom teeth removal: Wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars that are positioned toward the back of the mouth. Usually they erupt during a person’s teenage years. If the individual has enough room in their mouth and the teeth are not causing any problems, it is acceptable to leave the wisdom teeth where they are. However, if the molars regularly get infected or begin to cause crowding in the mouth, the dental professional will consider removing them.
- Sensitive teeth: Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that occurs when a tooth’s enamel is damaged or when gum tissue begins to recede. A dental professional can prescribe a regimen of products and treatments in order to reduce sensitivity, thus making eating, teeth brushing, and dental visits more pleasant.
In addition to these concerns, Dr. Millan also handles plaque buildup, cavities, whitening, crowns and bridges, and a number of other cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dental treatments.
Dr. Alirio Millan is a dental professional who operates 32 Smile Dental Centers in Richmond, Virginia. The goal of the practice is to provide high-quality, low-cost dental care to those in need in the community.. Dr. Alirio Millan grew up in Columbia, and spent time in the United States Army before getting his DDS from New York University.
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