The dentists at Boulder Dental Center, Littleton Dental, and Flatirons Dental Center, some of whom are faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, obviously care for their patients. They use digital x-rays, which administer less potentially harmful radiation, laughing gas to relax anxious patients, and a computer-controlled anesthetic-injection system for diminished discomfort.
But what sets the dentists at these two clinics apart is the fact that they also care about those other than their patients. The dentists have lent their skills to the less fortunate, volunteering for mission trips to rural Tennessee, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as a t the 2011 Colorado Mission of Mercy, a two-day event that provided free dental care to more than 1,300 people.
Dr. Terry Batliner and his son Payton founded Sage Dental Care with the simple mission of helping others, but not just in the way an observer might think. Not only do they relieve pain and prevent disease in their dental-care practice, but the father-son duo also donates a portion of their proceeds to a different charity each month. Dr. Batliner welcomes all clients to a free consultation prior to scheduling an appointment, during which patients can express concerns or see if the dentist finds any unwanted vampire fangs.
The frozen-dessert crafters of the award-winning Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato whip up a dizzying array of up to 80 distinct flavors, which rotate every two weeks. Fill a small dish ($2.99) with Peanut Butter Blast, or reward a small child for aging with a large dish ($4.75) of birthday-cake ice cream. Unconventional choices including Jack Daniels chocolate chip and Junior Mint tantalize sweet teeth with decadence, and low-fat frozen-yogurt helpings such as a regular-size black raspberry or chai ($3.92) add guilt-reduced options. The shop also outputs gelato ($3.32–$5.30) in flavors such as cantaloupe or green tea white chocolate, as well As fruit-infused sorbets such as blueberry zinfandel, forest berry, and guava strawberry.
Under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Adler, the Boulder Center for Advanced Dentistry engages the latest technologies for a modern, efficient dental experience. With a new-patient exam and hygiene visit, chompers are treated to a comprehensive exam ($88), complete cleaning ($107), oral-hygiene instruction ($23), and nutritional counseling ($68). Mouth bones will also receive a complete set of intra-oral x-rays ($186), using digital technology that instantly provides high-resolution images with 90% less radiation than earlier x-ray methods, and a set of oral pictures ($38) taken by a mini video camera lets patients see the condition of their food-mashers and preps them for magazine spreads. Alternatively, opt for a $300 credit toward cosmetic or orthodontic services, including veneers, porcelain crowns or inlays ($1,604), tooth-colored resin fillings ($181–$343), root canals ($897–$1,123), and more.
Within the bright orange walls of Veranda Sun, 18 tanning beds and custom airbrush stations ensure all bodies that enter the award-winning establishment leave sporting a rich, coppery hue. Nine types of UV tanning beds treat patrons to swift sessions basking in high-intensity light for a long-lasting, full-body tan. A certified airbrush specialist covers pelts from head to toe in a BronzeFX solution for an instant UV-free tan that, like a lovelorn clock hand's longing for the number 3, deepens over the next 12 hours. For a more private tanning experience, the Mystic Tan booth requires only the push of a button to cover physiques in a choice of three shades. Flanking the front desk's sun-inspired mirror and array of leafy plants, a brigade of indoor tanning products, such as California Tan, Designer Skin, and Australian Gold, lines glass shelves to help clients achieve a coveted hue.
Dr. Carolyn Kupka culls from her more than 30 years of experience in all facets of dentistry to maintain and beautify smiles in both children and adults. Through her work, she has learned that the dental office doesn’t have to be a place that people feel apprehensive about. Once patients walk into her office, she and her team assuage their anxieties with a cornucopia of comforts, such as Starbucks' mocha latte coffee, juices, and Ghirardelli chocolate gift bags. During cleanings, restoration, or cosmetic whitening treatments, clients can relax under steamed towels while resting atop an extra-padded chair. Any residual tension yields to the touch of the onsite massage therapist who sits by to cosset muscles with chair-side massages. DVDs and personal iPods shield ears from ambient office noises and gossip about the Tooth Fairy.