Meet Dr. Alan Howard
With over 30 years of experience in the dental field, board-certified dentist Dr. Alan M. Howard has the skill and knowledge to improve the health and appearance of his patients' smiles. Dr. Howard is pleased to work alongside his son, Dr. Yonatan Howard, at The Dental Office Encino to provide preventive, general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments to their patients in southern California. With training from The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, and continuing education from Spear Advanced Dental Education and other professional organizations, Dr. Howard is skilled in the most advanced techniques and dental technologies. He truly loves his profession and enjoys working every day because he can help those who are in need.
Specialties and Skills
Dr. Alan Howard has spent many years expanding his skills in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. With mentors like Dr. Ron Goldstein and Dr. Ron Feinman, who are considered the founders of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Howard is skilled at improving his patients' teeth with custom veneers or a full smile makeover. He is also experienced in minimally invasive gum (periodontal) treatments using laser technology. Understanding the importance of a good night's sleep in a patient's overall health, Dr. Howard has spent time learning about sleep dentistry. He offers custom treatments for sleep apnea, snoring, as well as care for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Education and Training
Dr. Howard attended Hadassah Medical School at The Hebrew University for both his undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.). This is also where he performed his internship and medical residency. Dr. Howard is a dedicated student of dentistry, continuing his education through courses, seminars, and conferences on a monthly basis. This allows him to stay up-to-date on the latest dental techniques and technology, which means more efficient treatments for his patients.
To improve his knowledge and techniques, Dr. Howard is an active member of many professional memberships including the American Dental Association (ADA), Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, and Faculty Club with Spear Advanced Dental Education. He also maintains certification by the Dental Board of California.
Dr. Howard has two great kids. His son, Yonatan, practices dentistry with him and they love working together. His daughter Dana earned a PhD in philosophy from Brown University before becoming a professor at Ohio State University. Dr. Howard’s hobbies include tennis, traveling, and Israel advocacy.
"I have literally been to 8 different Dentists in Los Angeles. There has always been something off that made me move on. I finally found Dr. Alan Howard and his son, Dr. Yonatan Howard at The Dental Office Encino and I am happy to say that I am done searching! Dr. Alan Howard is a legend in dentistry and was very helpful and patient with me when I originally met with him about a possible LANAP procedure. He put me at ease and informed me that I wasn’t yet a candidate for the procedure. Instead of trying to sell me on something I didn’t really need, he was honest and suggested an alternative approach. His son, Dr. Yonatan is my regular Dentist now. Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you. He really knows his craft and the technology they use is truly cutting edge. I had several Onlays performed there by Dr. Yonatan and it is amazing how they fabricate the new tooth on site. I have had the Onlays for over a year and they feel stronger than a regular tooth with no sensitivity. I highly recommend an Onlay as it keeps more of the original tooth in tact opposed to a traditional crown. Most dentists don’t do Onlays because the equipment is highly specialized but The Dental office Encino does. My Hygienist Claudia is also highly recommended, very gentle and professional. The office is extremely clean and modern with a spa like environment. The staff is courteous and friendly. There is off street parking for the patients and they send you gentle reminders in advance so I never miss an appointment. I never thought I would say this but I actually look forward to going to the dentist now!"
"First time patient here! The moment I walked through the front doors, I felt like I was in an alternate reality. Literally 5 different employees greeted me one right after the other. I have never felt more welcome anywhere in my life. "What IS this place?" I thought to myself. I sat in the waiting area next to the fish tank and enjoyed watching the fish swim around while I waited. A few moments later, I was brought back into the back of the office and to the chair where my cleaning would take place. Rachel took amazing care of me! She noted that they had Netflix and Hulu if I wanted to watch anything during my cleaning and mentioned that the chair had a massage feature if I wanted to use it. Wait, was I at the dentist or the Ritz Carlton? Whaaa? The office was so clean and organized I was overall just so impressed. Each dental patient is in their own area, but the areas are not walled off. So it’s private enough, but you might hear someone else talking to the dentist about a hole in their mouth (true story). I cannot sing Rachel’s praises enough. She explained everything SO thoroughly and really took her time during my cleaning. I thought it was really cool that they include an oral cancer screening during the exam, I had never had that done before! After my cleaning, I was able to meet Dr. Howard and Yoni (also Dr. Howard), the father and son that run the business. They are SO nice and attentive. They were fantastic with breaking down everything on my xrays and explaining what was going on in terms I could understand. I even went home with a little goodie bag that included a cute branded chapstick. After the appointment, one of the receptionists walked me through my bill/estimates for future appointments in this fancy private conference room. I’m telling you, I almost felt like I was at a spa. I’m coming back for sure!"
"I’ve been good to Drs. Alan and Yoni Howard for years. I have no hesitation in recommending my family and friends to go to them because of their skill and use of the most up-to-date dental equipment. The dental hygienists and entire staff are also all first rate."
"Wonderful staff, caring, and kind. Both doctors are top notch. Simply excellent!"
"Both Dr. Howards are great. All of the staff go out of their way to take care of you. They have thenewest technomogy. Brittany, one of the hygienists, is the best. She is thorough and gentle. Very pleasant environment. I feel well cared for when I visit."