West Covina Cosmetic Dentist Provides Dental Work for Gay-Bashing Hate Crime Victim

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Dr. Oscar Marin of West Covina Smiles using dental implants to fix front teeth of an Ontario, Calif. man who was punched in the face in a gay-bashing attack.

West Covina Smiles is providing complimentary dental work, including dental implants, to the victim of a vicious hate crime. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Oscar Marin was motivated to help Martin Sanchez of Ontario, Calif, overcome the trauma.

Sanchez requires dental implants to replace one tooth knocked out and five broken teeth. According to a report in Out in the 562, he was punched by Jorge Jhovoanoy Ibarrias as Sanchez was on the way to dinner with some friends. Police say Ibarrias approached Sanchez, asked him if he was gay, and punched him in the face when Sanchez answered yes. Ibarrias plead no contest to felony battery, was convicted of a hate crime, and was sentenced to five years in state prison.

“We believe what happened to Sanchez was very unfortunate and unfair. Since he needed extensive dental work, including dental implants, we badly wanted to help,” said Dr. Marin, a California cosmetic dentist. However, recent treatment innovations have allowed cosmetic dentists to offer a range of treatment options for procedures like dental implants affordable for any budget.

Trained at the most prestigious dental school in Colombia, Dr. Marin comes from a family of dentists. He is a third generation dentist. That, plus the fact he is a specialized cosmetic dentist, he is acutely aware of the social significance of smiles.

“Dental problems have a devastating impact on a person’s self-esteem. They can make people very self-aware and cause them to avoid smiling in social situations. Worse, they can make people seem apathetic and limit social opportunities, or advancement opportunities at work, at school,” said Dr. Marin.

About West Covina Smiles
Dr. Oscar Martin and the staff of West Covina Smiles strive to ensure even the most dental-phobic find their visits as comfortable, pleasant and stress free as possible. The team of qualified medical professionals uses quality materials and the latest technology to offer a full range of dental services, including cosmetic dental procedures like dental implants. West Covina Smiles pledges their patients will receive friendly, professional care, short waiting times, and a range of appointment times to fit any schedule.

Monica Lopez- Public Relations representative
(626) 810-5000


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