FACES of Orange County 2021

Face of Exceptional Dentistry – Lifetime Smiles

The Face of Exceptional Dentistry 

LifeTime Smiles was established by Dr Carl Smetko in 1980, and five years prior to his retirement, he passed the baton to Dr. Kareem Abraham. With a passion for innovation and the latest technology, Dr. Abraham built upon the practice’s decades of experience and today, as the leader of LifeTime Smiles of OC, he educates his patients about their oral health, as well as how to keep their teeth and smile healthy and strong for years to come. He utilizes interactive Digital Smile Design Technology to bridge his planning with his patient’s vision. 

“I love building relationships with my patients and helping them feel confident about their dental care options.” 

Dr. Abraham heads a practice that boasts a trio of talented practitioners, including general dentist Dr. Claire Nawar. With special interests in defining natural-looking beauty for her patients, Dr. Nawar is certified in contemporary and esthetic dentistry. Known for her artistic eye, she is also certified in Botox® Cosmetic and injectables fillers by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. “As a dentist, I’m very passionate about my patients and their overall health,” she explains. “We always discuss the body’s health and wellness and its correlation to dentistry.” 

The comprehensive services at LifeTIme Smiles are rounded out by the expertise of Periodontist Dr. Hatem Alassy. Dr. Alassy specializes in periodontal and implant surgery and loves using his advanced training and unparalleled skills to help his patients restore their smiles back to optimal health. “Dentistry is both a science and an art. I’m fortunate to have mastered the science of dentistry,” he says. “Microsurgery and cosmetic procedures are fulfilling when we can replicate mother nature’s beauty on a healthy smile.” 

With a practice that specializes in providing general, restorative, cosmetic, and periodontal dental treatments, as well as several sleep dentistry options, Dr. Abraham, Dr. Nawar and Dr. Alassy treat patients of all ages, with an emphasis on comfort and personalized care. 

“We enjoy getting to know each of our patients and learning about their lives,” adds Dr. Abraham. “Hearing about a person’s interests and lifestyle gives us insight into dental options that will work for their specific situation.” 




720 North Tustin Avenue, Suite 102, Santa Ana


Photography by Jason Wallis Photography