Dr. Stephen M. Maloney knows his way around a smile, but more than two decades of experience have taught him the importance of another, nondental skill: listening. His gentle and unhurried approach affords patients ample time to express their concerns and show off the diamonds they want him to install on their molars. Dr. Maloney treats patients of all ages and looks out for them by patching up cavities with safe, nonmetal fillings, and doling out advice for at-home preventative care.
Dr. Broc Brimhal and the staff at South Anchorage Dental Center brighten smiles with one-hour in-office teeth-whitening treatments. During the treatments, tooth technicians apply a layer of protective gel to sensitive gums and soft tissue, then swaddle teeth in whitening gel. The low levels of heat from the ezlase 940 laser activate the whitening gel, which works to break up stains and yellow tones without creating high levels of tooth sensitivity or intermolar conflict. Finally, the smile-savvy staff takes impressions of teeth in order to create trays for at-home touchup, and imparts instructions for keeping pearly whites visibly brighter and away from melted crayons.
The oral specialists at Mint Dental treat mouths to a healthful exploration and maintain a calm, comfortable atmosphere for patients, with IV sedation available for those with dental jitters. A series of x-rays (a $169 value) reveal the innermost longings of shy molars, followed by a thorough examination of the premises by a skilled and friendly dentist (a $127 value). Chompers are then overhauled in a vigorous cleaning (a $123 value), ridding nooks and crannies of fugitive plaque and bacteria. After being polished to a shine, teeth and their owners are outfitted with a take-home whitening system with cozy trays and prescription-strength bleach (a $60 value) to ensure that cuspids are frequently mistaken for untoasted marshmallows. Offering Saturday appointments and after-hours emergency care, Mint Dental happily works with patients’ busy schedules of work and sea-monkey PTA meetings to keep pearly whites in top condition.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer, and normal-bite cases cost $8,000 on average; this Groupon gets you $2,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
A familial knack for dentistry is obvious at Alaska Center for Dentistry, which was founded in 1977 by Dr. C. Michael Sage. In the ensuing decades, the clinic has grown into two locations that are home to a roster of experienced dental doctors and technicians, including Dr. Sage's son, Dr. C. Michael Sage Jr.—also a dentist. Kicking back in chairs with warm neck wraps and donning headphones, patients undergo a range of treatments, from cosmetic whitening procedures to routine examinations, screenings, cleanings, and tongue-reflex tests. Happy murmurs drift from kids, who stay entertained with engaging movies and toys while parents undergo exams and procedures.
Dr. Patrick Dorman draws on his 20+ years of experience to perform custom cleanings, and wayward and delinquent teeth quickly fall in line at the command of Dr. Bradford Allen—who moonlights as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Together, Century's two devout dentists hunt for cavities, seeking out muddy tracks of plaque to gently scrape away with their advanced instruments. At times, ultrasonic scalers are employed to loosen the grip of codependent plaque, and a fluoride treatment helps to harden tooth enamel with the concentrated power of a toothy Tesla coil. Medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses sometimes supplement the treatments, which are customized on the basis of each patient’s gum and bone health. Digital bitewing and panorex x-rays minimize radiation exposure and maximize the efficacy of each diagnosis, posing teeth for flattering portraits to aid in diagnosis and send to their distant dentine relatives during the holidays.