The ultramodern Arlington Center for Dentistry looks more like a spaceship than a dentist's office. Sliding glass doors give way to a private waiting room equipped with a flat-screen TV and bright-red leather couch. Beyond its translucent walls, massive pillars painted gold and bright green pepper the path to the reception desk, interspersed with more flat-screen TVs to entertain patients perched upon circular benches that look as though they might lift into the sky at any moment.
The smooth, corner-less aesthetic hints at the state-of-the-art treatments administered beyond the waiting room, where seven experienced doctors––among them dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, and pedondontists––strive to ensure a healthy, happy future for each smile. With an emphasis on creating lasting doctor/patient relationships, they gently guide mouths on custom treatment plans that can include everything from invisible braces to chip-covering Lumineers. Full-mouth and panoramic radiographs combine with comprehensive periodontal charting and bite analysis to pinpoint problems with precision, and model wax-ups of teeth present a mockup of how teeth will look after cosmetic treatments or if they fail to give up their candle-snacking habit.
Led by noted tooth sooth Dr. Rania Saleh, the dental redecorators at Smile Designer brighten bicuspids with a thorough evaluation and take-home whitening treatments. Dentists kick off sessions with a Smile consultation, offering opinions on aesthetic or orthodontic treatments options that could complement the whitening procedure. After a pre-treatment oral examination and spelling bee, dentists take impressions of the teeth to create soft, plastic bleaching trays. Later patients return to pick up the custom trays, a bleaching gel, and instructions on how to complete the whitening treatment at home.
President and dental director Dr. Rex Hoang, DMD, PC, has more than 17 years of experience polishing pearlies. A chip containing his decades of knowledge has been implanted into all three on-call dentists and 12 staff members at the center, ensuring all patients receive the same quality care. With no shortage of skilled toothologists on-site, DC Dental Spa has quickly become a household name in Greater Washington, inspiring its own line of vampire novels and a bright but short-lived music career.
Dr. Im, along with the team at Fairlington Dental, wrangles misaligned chompers into pearly white parallels with clear Invisalign orthodonture. In an office scented by baking cookies, guests sip gourmet coffee or tea and dunk hands at the warm paraffin wax spa station before settling in to watch DirecTV in the exam room. There, a clinical exam and a set of photographs blueprint a plan and provide tooth-fairy tabloids with periodontal portraiture. After impressions yield a one-of-a-kind maw mold, technicians create a set of aligners as unique as a snowflake's fingerprint. Patients swap in a new pair of tooth tamers about every two weeks until smiles become fluent in straight talk. This Groupon includes the cost of Invisalign's monthly office visits, though it does not cover the cost of a retainer ($450).