Voted Best Dentist by Aurora Sentinel readers, Dr. S. Kent Lauson straightens out uneven chompers with Invisalign, 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 dental exam, including 3-D i-CAT and panoramic x-rays, eight pretreatment 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. After recording the specific dimensions of the patient's jawbone, Aurora Orthodontics communicates with Align Technology to ensure trays contour to exact measurements and include a bottle of New Smile Smell mouthwash.
At Baer Dental Designs, Dr. Christopher Baer and in-house massage therapist Stephanie Cross team up to brighten clients' façades through professional whitening treatments and relaxing massages. A 45-minute in-office Zoom! whitening session helps eliminate smile discolorations resulting from everything from coffee stains to incisor tattoos. For the noninvasive procedure, patients lay back in a dental chair as Dr. Baer applies a light-reactive gel to the top and bottom teeth before saturating mouths with the bleaching beam of specialty Zoom! light. The treatment erases blemishes from bicuspid to molar, reducing visible stains and whitening teeth an average of eight shades.
Under the leadership of Dr. Jim Craig, the staff of Summerbrook Dental helps create healthy grins while minimizing pain and anxiety. The staff encourages patients to take control of their health, presenting recommendations for dental work, as well as telling patients about their other options. In addition to cosmetic, preventative, periodontal, and restorative care, Dr. Craig performs sedation dentistry for patients who experience high anxiety resulting from hearing dental tools or seeing their sharp canines.
Protecting smiles is a time-honored practice. However, Dr. Heather Stamm and Dr. Kai Kawasugi take a modern approach to this practice by embracing cutting-edge technologies whenever possible. The dentists and their staff are capable of providing general as well as cosmetic care, either catching troublesome conditions early and preventing them from becoming larger issues or correcting existing signs of damage, all with the use of modern dental technology. The E4D system, for example, creates custom-fit crowns, inlays, overlays, and veneers on the same day as the patient's initial visit. Medical-grade lasers can whiten teeth or remove cavities. Additionally, Dr. Stramm and Dr. Kawasugi can use tiny cameras to show patients the insides of their mouths or the interior of a tube of toothpaste. Although these options only represent a handful of the services available at Stamm Dental, the doctors always maintain their commitment to use advanced technology and compassionate care to make patients feel as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Richard Koch, a former army captain whose family refers to him as a human encyclopedia, and Dr. Doug Koch have been filling cavities, installing implants, and straightening teeth for more than two decades. The dental professionals describe themselves as conservative, ensuring that every procedure they do is necessary, instead of yanking out every tooth with spinach clinging to it.
They work in an office that eases anxiety with treatment massage chairs, and offers a toy tower that rewards children who didn’t eat one of the dentist’s fingers. They use advanced technology such as digital x-rays and a soft tissue laser, and they update their equipment every 1–2 years.
Ashby Dental is helmed by Dr. Andrew Ashby, who plies his proficiency in implants, composite fillings, crowns, and bridges, along with a suite of restorative and routine services. During cleanings, Dr. Ashby pampers clients with calming perks, including access to in-chair headphones that soundtrack overhead television sets. The office also keeps clients healthy and informed with digital, low-exposure x-rays that emit less radiation than the vast majority of traditional machines or super villains' home planets.