The Tooth Fairy is a burglarizing fetishist specializing in black-market ivory trade, and she must be stopped. Today’s Groupon helps keep teeth in mouths and out of the hands of maniacal, winged phantasms: for $79, you get an exam, a cleaning, and x-rays (a $352 value) at Lake Austin Family Dental.
Like the juxtaposition of its building's militaristic past as a World War I airplane hangar with the cheery lime-colored walls and babbling fountains of its current renovated state, Urban Laser Spa pairs two seemingly disparate elements. Its staff members not only provide preventative dental care, but they also focus on clients' appearances with medical, spa-quality skin services. Masterminded by partners Dr. Amy Urban and Dr. Raymond Paxton, the spa's common area helps harmonize its two branches of service with a miniature zen garden, local art, and flickering candles. In the dentistry wing, Dr. Urban performs thorough preventative examinations, cleanings, and whitening services in treatment areas flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and the soothing white noise of tooth-brushing soundtracks. Dr. Paxton's certified aestheticians perform detailed skin analyses before moving onto their treatments, which can include noninvasive laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and line-smoothing injections.
Since graduating from the prestigious University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. James Lee has been practicing dentistry for more than 15 years. Now at Star Dental of Austin, Dr. Lee performs general family dentistry services alongside advanced restorative and cosmetic procedures, including dental implants and Invisalign treatments. He also performs fillings and root canals with Waterlase technology, a drilling alternative free of heat, pressure, and vibration that, like a stroll through a Las Vegas hotel fountain, features a laser and a refreshing spray of water.
Dr. Billy Metcalf is a pediatric dentist by trade and by training, with specialized knowledge and experience in treating children's teeth, from the disposable baby teeth to permanent secondary ones. The dental exam consists of an age-appropriate tooth charting, soft gum tissue exam, and x-rays to ensure teeth are sound in their mandibular homes, plus a professional cleaning to blast away any squatting populations of plaque and tartar. Dr. Metcalf's topical fluoride application hardens enamel and repairs areas weakened by Halloween punishment, candy apples, or invasive tooth fairies before finishing the visit with nutritional guidance and oral hygiene instruction, as well as answering any questions.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Four practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain ($325), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Dr. El Hage guides an amenable staff and stresses preventive care while taking care of all aspects of oral health. The general and cosmetic dentist has practiced dentistry for 20 years, and he keeps abreast of advances in technology by continuing to take classes. Services cover a wide range of mouthular issues, and include periodontal care, whitening, and emergency treatments. With the help of the computerized CEREC system, Dr. Hage outfits mouths with new crowns, rhinestone tiaras, fillings, and veneers in just one visit.