Doctors David VanderLugt and Brian Mulder stylize Grand Rapids smiles and keep greedy tooth fairies at bay with a mouth-mending menu of oral upkeep services. The initial exam investigates canine canyons and the under-gum tunnels of molar molehills, diagnosing potential tooth threats and recommending necessary treatments (a $68 value). A series of bite-wing x-rays of the anterior and posterior chompers expose any threats hiding beneath your enamel, such as cavities or bandana-clad stagecoach robbers (a $50 value). Stained, dulled, or discolored people-fangs are reradiated with an at-home teeth-whitening treatment, which bequeaths all patients with upper and lower whitening trays (a $200 value each). All teeth-whitening patients must be at least 18 years of age and should call ahead for an appointment.
Cortexx Salon offers a wide range of luxurious treatments to beautify and relax the body. A spa treatment manicure ($23) and pedicure ($28) takes to your leg anchors and arm paddles with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub or masque to banish outdated skin cells to a faraway land of fashion mishaps and G-list celebrities. Treat your weary visage to a relaxing facial that will unclog pores and leave your face shimmering like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Add an all-natural pre-Halloween mask to your facial treatment for $10.
The team at European Spa Boutique administers a blend of naturally derived and technologically advanced treatments. A less-irritating antiseptic wax made from soybeans is used for hair removal and heated lava stones warm achy muscles during body treatments. Hairstylists trim and shape tresses to create fashionable new looks. For the extensive selection of facials, aestheticians call upon botanical extracts to calm acned skin, chocolate and berries to concoct chemical peels, and microcurrent and LED-light therapies to increase collagen production and dissipate fine lines.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good, old-fashioned orthodontia. At the two practices, Dr. Kristine West, Dr. Donald Burkhardt, Dr. Nikole Pecora, and Dr. Louis G. Chmura usher patients through 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 and impressions of mouth terrain, will pave 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 with each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Dr. Brian Ruster carries the memories of two decades’ worth of cavities, chipped teeth, and yellowing. A member of six dental associations and a former faculty member of the University of Rochester, Dr. Ruster attacks his job with exuberance and expertise. He specializes in the full range of dentistry, from recommending a new toothbrush to replacing missing teeth with dental implants to showing where to dig for missing teeth with an old toothbrush. He keeps his professorial mentality with him at all times, educating patients on all their options, such as the differences between composite fillers versus metal amalgams. He also has a support staff of four dental hygienists, who help him manage the wood accented, carpeted office, which looks as modern as a brand-new airport.
One stroll around the office and it’s clear Gregory H. Grady, DDS, PC, specializes in cosmetic dentistry. At a given time, one may find Dr. Grady and his staff creating Invisalign aligners, performing Zoom! teeth-whitening treatments, replacing plaque with porcelain fillings, or painting impeccable 5mm x 5mm reproductions of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks painting on front teeth. Dr. Grady’s efforts have even drawn the attention of ABC 53, where he is the resident cosmetic dentist on the television show Extreme Makeover’s Extreme Team.