Once patients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for take-off, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.
As a child, Dr. Moufida Khalife was the only kid in her class who brought a toothbrush to school. "I was fascinated by the smile," she says, "I brushed my teeth like crazy!" Naturally, Dr. Khalife was drawn to the world of dentistry as she grew up, and she opened Select Dental Group in 2008.
The staff members at Select Dental Group aim to quash any anxieties patients may have about dentistry at the door. The office's warm, red-toned decor evokes the atmosphere of a lush hotel rather than a medical office, and the reception room welcomes patients to help themselves to hot tea, coffee, or healthy snacks such as fruit and toothpaste. Within the treatment rooms, clients can zone out while watching satellite television or listening to music or they can submit their digits to a softening paraffin dip. The all-digital office allows technicians to review x-ray results on in-room screens, and then quickly return to whittling away plaque and tartar with an electric hand piece.
While Dr. Khalife's first love is cosmetic dental enhancements such as porcelain veneers, whitening, and implants, she and her team also overhaul teeth with restorative procedures that range from simple cleanings to the treatment of periodontal disease.
Dr. Bagchi and her staff of trained teeth technicians transform their patients' mouths into hygienic havens using state-of-the-art dental techniques in a welcoming, family-friendly setting. Advanced Dental Group's teeth gurus will scour the patient's pie-hole in search of signs of oral distress, such as gum disease, cancer, and squatting tooth fairies. Then, digital x-rays with a low radiation output will capture glamour shots of the teeth to test for cavities or other structural damage. Finally, the patient's choppers will be scrubbed down, and plaque and grime will be banished into oral exile. The patient will also receive a whitening kit that will brighten the shade of their gnashers, returning them to pearly white status, as well as a complimentary box of tiny spit cups in order to start a sea monkey farm.
Dr. Joseph Serra breaks up stains, fades yellowing, and brightens bicuspids with Opalescence Boost whitening treatments. The service begins as Dr. Serra wraps tarnished chompers with a whitening gel containing potassium nitrate and fluoride, both of which help to strengthen enamel and decrease sensitivity. A strong light activates the bleaching properties of the gel, which dissolves discolorations and coffee graffiti tags, leaving patients with a whiter smile after a single one-hour treatment. Though not included in this Groupon, two to three sessions beget more dramatic whitening results.
Fortifying toothy defenses for nearly 50 years, the professional team of doctors at Livonia Dental group strengthens gums and chompers with general-dentistry services. Before a thorough examination, a professional hygienist cleans teeth to remove plaque and buildup before taking a set of digital x-rays. Fast and precise, the technique can reduce radiation exposure by up to 90% over conventional x-rays, reducing the chance of spawning tooth-powered supervillains and allowing doctors to instantly enlarge the images to review with patients. Renovated and modernized in 2002, the facility keeps patients occupied with individual audio-video entertainment, and the staff pursues continuing education on new technology and techniques taught by famous canines.
Dr. Amin Jaffer homes in on each patient's teeth to form comprehensive treatment plans aimed at lifelong oral health. The molar maven, who has practiced in Ann Arbor for the past decade, not only outfits bites with preventative care, but also revitalizes teeth with cosmetic services carefully designed to complement face shape, eye color, and the style of artwork hanging from mouth walls. M. Amin Jaffer D.D.S also helps bring grins to the local area through community outreach, including a program that grants kids free dental care on specific days of the year and prevents their teeth from turning into marshmallows.