After attending New York University's College of Dentistry, Dr. Michael Riccobene relocated to Selma, North Carolina where, in 2000, he founded the first Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry office. Since then, Dr. Riccobene has expanded his practice to seven other locations, with the newest office opened recently in Raleigh. To keep up with the demands of each office, Dr. Riccobene works alongside 18 other dentists whom he vets for their chairside manner as well as their dental experience: they must be patient, have a good sense of humor, and be as good at explaining procedures as they are at performing them.
Once on staff, each dentist aims to make every visit—from preventative exams to root canals and Invisalign fittings—comfortable and fear-free for the client. Riccobene's team also eases nerves by keeping wait times short, dispensing coffee from Starbucks machines in the lobby, and hanging a satellite TV in view of each treatment chair. Along with being an advocate for patients, Dr. Riccobene gives back to his community through various charitable organizations and sponsorships while participating in business expos.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
For Drs. Charles Ferzli and Kelly Prettyman of Smiles of Cary, keeping patients’ smiles healthy and vibrant means a commitment to mastering cutting-edge advancements, learning new techniques, and employing modern technology. This dedication to 21st-century dentistry allows the team to address a wider array of client concerns with greater efficiency. The practice’s iTero Scanner, for instance, creates a digital image of patients’ teeth and mouths, eliminating the need for time-consuming dental impressions. Similarly, the speedy CEREC 3D system allows the dentists to make ceramic crowns, inlays, and veneers in-house and in a matter of minutes, while the Kodak digital x-ray system collects high-definition images with ease. When combined with the professional expertise of Drs. Ferzli and Prettyman, this technology helps the staff members create healthy, flawless smiles for their patients and their patients' ventriloquist dummies.
Serene Smiles combats cavities and pulverizes plaque while creating a relaxing and comfortable dental experience for timid chair-sitters. In the hands of tooth-technician Dr. Jiger Shah and his team of cuspid caretakers, pearly whites can be restored to their vintage, squeaky-clean veneer. The exam and x-rays will scan mouth-harp holders for hidden toothal abnormalities, and the full cleaning will mend misbehaving molars and restore mouth chassis' new-tongue smell.
The teeth-whitening professionals at DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA believe that a brighter smile is a gateway to success, and they help clients achieve this goal with a unique variety of effective whitening products. The premium take home kit, for example, harnesses professional-grade peroxide gels and LED lights to accelerate the whitening process while causing little to no sensitivity, brightening chompers up to 12 shades in the process. Alternatively, they offer Forever White teeth-whitening pens ideal for touch-ups or on-the-go whitening. The convenient design dispenses whitening gel directly onto teeth without the need for refrigeration or lights. DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA also offers remineralization gels, which reduce tooth sensitivity and strengthen enamel by replenishing important minerals. All items are kept in a compact blue carrying case for easy transport and storage.
The interior of Carolina Dental Arts' Morrisville location looks like a dentist's office from the future. Neon track lighting splashes the dimly lit office's ceiling and walls, an aesthetic that extends to the other four office locations. Overseeing the operation is Dr. Kyle Roth and his seasoned dental staff. Their procedures range from routine cleanings to more complex treatments such as Invisalign and glueing baby teeth back into place.