Dr. Erin McLaughlin-Harkin learned the importance of dental care at an early age, so it's fitting that she has opened a practice so close to where she was raised. The native Iowan has practiced dentistry in the Des Moines metropolitan area since she graduated from dental school, and her years of experience translates to pristine rows of pearly whites for her clients. Aside from general checkups and preventive services, Dr. McLaughlin-Harkin specializes in cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers. She can also outfit mouths with a custom night guard that protects against grinding and hard-up tooth fairies.
Using all-natural gels and fully customized tooth trays, Pro Smile Teeth Whitening brings professional-caliber dental treatments to homes across the country. After molding the kit to their own teeth?a process that takes just over a minute?customers fill the tray with gel and start their smile-brightening journey. Enhanced with an optional LED treatment, the whole procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes a day for 7 to 14 days, and results last up to six months with regular brushing. The trays retain their shape permanently, so unless customers lose them or sprout a set of tusks, they can repeat the whitening process as often as necessary by ordering gel refills.
Lifepoint Dental Partners is a dental practice that uses minimally invasive techniques, which include composite resin fillings that blend in with enamel. Invisalign braces keep metal out of mouths as they guide teeth into more aesthetically pleasing positions. And the team probes mouthscapes with digital x-rays that emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
The technicians at Smiles On The Run keep teeth bright and healthy with safety-conscious whitening techniques. Eschewing bleaches, lasers, and bottles of Wite-Out, staff members instead use a peroxide-based gel and LED lights to achieve noticeable results. During treatment—which typically lasts no longer than 45 minutes per session—they even coat gums and lips in a protective layer of Vitamin E gel to prevent the whitening compound from bleaching the gums.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: Two to ten people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Pro Smile
Dr. Karen Besler and Dr. Laura Ross team up to helm Dental Associates of Cedar Rapids, where they improve smiles with Invisalign and veneers and ensure improved oral hygiene with general checkups for patients of all ages. They attend to patients during convenient early morning and evening hours, as well as one Saturday a month, and keep a staff member on call for dental emergencies, such as when a patient cracks a tooth or grows baleen. Additionally, Dr. Besler promotes dentistry worldwide, helping to raise funds to equip a dental clinic in Kipkaren, Kenya.
Even down to its decor, Sacred Stone Massage and Bodywork exudes comfort. The space’s airy feel and soothing color palette take guests in with slate-gray walls, soft lighting, and plush blankets and pillows that adorn the furniture. The spa’s licensed massage therapists embrace and complement the mellow ambiance with a host of massage services. They stretch and soothe aching muscles during relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue sessions and give expectant mothers a break from the tension that comes with carrying an infant and constantly fighting off flocks of storks with prenatal treatments. Hot stones and paraffin wax augment some sessions, whereas others include peppermint- and lavender-infused scrubs.