Advanced imaging and laser systems map out the mouth’s terrain, probing for potential damage to teeth during dental appointments at Universal Dental Clinics. The technology-driven clinics feature modern machinery such as HD televisions for entertainment and flat-screen monitors, which give patients up-close views of their teeth and allow them to watch the love triangle between two taste buds and a stick of gum. Sirona 3-D imaging with Cone Beam technology gives doctors a complete mouth scan in about 15 seconds, allowing them to quickly perform dental diagnostics, and CEREC technology offers fast, single-visit crown restorations.
The mouth doctors at Art of Modern Dentistry's Lincoln Park and South Loop offices hail from some of the top dental institutions in the country and attend to the multitudinous needs of teeth with preventive, restorative, and aesthetic treatments. As patients recline in comfy exam chairs while watching movies flash across flat-screen TVs, dental hygienists evict tartar and temporary tooth tattoos during routine cleanings. X-rays capture images of roots and jawbones that dentists can later glue to their break-room collage, and whitening procedures brighten smiles by removing coffee and tea stains. The team also performs surgical procedures, such as implanting custom-made artificial teeth.
At Sloop Dental, Dr. Ken Allen and his staff keep patients’ teeth in peak form by providing a range of services that includes general as well as cosmetic dental care. Using the latest dental technology, they design a plan of action that ensures each healthy, vibrant smile lasts for years to come, whether it involves cleaning excess plaque, scanning for common oral diseases, or adding fillings. To keep grins full, Dr. Allen and his team also use implants to replace gaps and straighten teeth with transparent Invisalign aligners. And, the practice’s teeth-whitening procedures can also help by scrubbing away the stains commonly caused by drinking coffee, tea, or packets of food coloring.
National Dental Association President Dr. Sheila R. Brown of S.R.B. Dental, P.C. performs cosmetic procedures that brighten teeth in office in as little as one hour. Sapphire teeth whitening begins as a clinician safeguards lips and gums with a rubber barrier designed to block whitening gel from encroaching on sensitive spots. Next, the mouth maven slathers whitening gel on top of all teeth with a brush applicator, ensuring each tooth gets an even coat and the proper amount of tickle time. Jaw hedges then relax beneath a Sapphire whitening light that activates the gel's whitening properties. Although each client's chompers are different, most mouths retain their newfound whiteness with regular hygiene and occasional touch-ups or by frequenting local salt licks.
At The Fix Rehab and Wellness, Doctors of Chiropractic Fayaz Ather and J. Tate Medlock work to restore clients' health, whether they are recovering from auto accidents, sports injuries, or chronic pain. Before beginning treatment, the chiropractors conduct comprehensive neurological, orthopedic, and advanced movement screenings to find the cause of pain. Then, they set to work on a plan of action, which might include chiropractic adjustments, movement-based ART massages, Kinesio Tape applications, acupuncture, or another of their many available treatments.
The dentists at Dental Magic aren't just highly trained professionals. They also exhibit a genuine compassion for their patients and the community at large. Through their community-outreach program, they donate services to disabled, medically compromised, or elderly people who are unable to afford extensive dental care. They have also sponsored a medical mission to Sierra Leone and regularly tour local schools to teach useful oral-hygiene skills, such as how to brush properly or weave a spare gym uniform out of floss.
In his profile, Dr. Aaron Appell says that his "favorite part of being a dentist is taking a fearful patient and alleviating all of their fears of dentistry." To that end, he and the two other doctors work to build long-term relationships with their clients, carefully customizing treatments according to their specialties. Michael Wurbel, DDS, has extensive training in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, and Ashwini Joshi, MDS, DDS, specializes in orthodontics. Her research on the topic of mandibular growth made her the 2012 recipient of the American Association of Orthodontists' prestigious Milo Hellman Research Award.
Dr. Gary Wegmann and his team want their patients to fully understand their dental treatments—to the point that they have audio-visual presentations on hand to make them clear. They offer a variety of procedures from cosmetic upgrades, such as veneers and teeth whitening, to traditional dentistry, including crowns and dentures. The offices’ up-to-date dental technology includes a panoramic x-ray system to give the staff a better idea of what's going on beneath the gums.
To stay abreast of the latest dental advancements, Dr. Wegmann maintains membership in professional organizations and regularly attends continuing education events. He's also on the board of committees for the Illinois State Dental Society, a front for dentists who turn into plaque-fighting superheroes after work.