The moment Dr. Lisa Ochoa learned that "a person without teeth would lose an average of 10 years off their lifespan" was the moment she decided to become a dentist. Dr. Ochoa is one of Westlake Premier Dentistry's four dentists. Led by the clinic's chief dentist, Dr. Thomas Ince, Dr. Ochoa and her colleagues Drs. Chad Orlich and David Burden take an overall-wellness approach when treating their patients, stressing the importance of regular cleanings that aim to promote long-term health and minty-fresh exhalations.
While waiting to meet with one of the doctors, guests may sip on complimentary cups of coffee and tea. A children's video-game room occupies fidgety fingers, and an Internet café with WiFi entertains laptops that have come in to be straightened. Those visiting the homey dental office relax amid pale-yellow walls and treatment rooms with ceiling-mounted televisions.
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. Hooty Alayan completely dedicates himself to his patients' well-being, but he considers their comfort and relaxation to be almost as important as their oral health. In addition to a comforting, relaxing ambiance where clients can feel at home, Dr. Alayan's technicians pamper visitors with complimentary hot scented towels and massaging dental chairs while they inspect teeth for problematic signs and perform preventive treatments. Dr. Alayan has been utilizing CEREC 3-D technology—which allows users to custom-fabricate crowns and onlays—since 2005, and the staff's arsenal of modern dental gadgetry also includes intraoral cameras and digital x-ray machines with low levels of radiation. Great Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s interior also creates a homey, relaxing setting with its bright tones, leather furniture, and marble accents.
At Chisholm Trail Dental Health, Dr. Mike Asay takes the time to get to know his patients and develop personalized treatment plans before performing any general-dentistry or cosmetic procedures, such as fitting patients for Invisalign, installing veneers, or diagnosing periodontal disease. The office’s reception area contrasts with its modern dental technologies, disarming patient anxieties with a rustic charm. A rough-hewn wooden coffee table, Native American-styled chairs, and cozy sofa flank a bearskin rug that sits before an in-wall wood fireplace when it’s not out catching salmon.
A licensed massage therapist and ACE fitness certified personal trainer, Jennifer Shaw is well versed in the inner workings of the human body. She funnels her multifaceted training into helping her clients overcome pain and stress through treatments such as Swedish, hot stone, and Thai-shiatsu massage. But the natural healing doesn't stop there. Bodywork in Austin also offers one-on-one yoga therapy sessions that allow each client the personal attention they need to experience the full benefits of yoga. In the promethean spirit of giving folks their own healing tools, the therapists also lead classes in couples massage, four-hand massage, and parent-child massage.
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.