Dr. Keisha Judd, who received her dental degree from Tufts University and completed advanced training at the University of Pennsylvania, helms a team of technicians who solve dental problems based on individual needs. To begin the treatment, patients make themselves comfortable in cushy dental chairs before a hygienist x-rays ivory soldiers to assess their position, identify decay, and formulate further treatment plans. Hygienists then cleanse teeth of grime and plaque before bestowing guests with oral hygiene instructions to keep smiles as bright as the buckle of Orion's belt. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
The experience of working in a dental clinic while earning his master's of public health program gave Duane L. Archer, MPH, DDS, a personal view of how oral health can affect community members of all ages. The time spent working with patients inspired him to attain his degree in dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, memorize orthodontia incantations scrawled by the white-toothed wizards of old, and open Precision Dentistry. As a loving father of four, he welcomes each new patient as he would a member of his own family—by carefully explaining dental options and procedures, answering any questions, and gussying teeth with comprehensive treatments.
The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.
Helmed by Dr. Mazursky, Wilde Lake Family Dentistry enlists ClearCorrect braces to straighten top and bottom pearly whites with sets of gradually shifting alignment trays. An initial consultation determines whether the treatment is appropriate for each client before the doctor snaps Kodak x-rays of uneven-mouth terrain. Experienced technicians take impressions of misaligned teeth, using them to craft up to 10 customized alignment trays. At each appointment, patients receive two new alignment trays; each tray should be worn for about six weeks, allowing their strong plastic and Socratic reasoning to guide bite marks into perfect symmetry over a period of up to nine months. During chompers' steady odyssey, patients return every six weeks for checkups.
As kids await their checkups at Smile Dental Care, they have two choices—play with wooden rocking horses and stuffed animals below colorful paintings of flowers and leaping frogs, or tinker with two iPads mounted on the walls. That blend of a comfortable, caring environment with the latest technology extends to the rest of Dr. Hak J. Seok’s practice, where HDTVs project soothing images over the modern dental chairs. To carry out services ranging from routine cleanings to fillings, porcelain crowns, and extractions, Dr. Seok and his staff use high-tech equipment such as panoramic digital x-rays and painless injections that block pain receptors without the typical discomfort from swapping out patients’ brains.
Desai Dental Care's Dr. Chetna K. Desai touts more than 20 years of tooth-soothing experience, beautifying mouthscapes with advanced brightening technology. The in-office Power Bleach teeth whitening blasts away smile blemishes in about an hour, imbuing dull, stained, tie-dyed, or discolored chompers with an ivory gleam. Dentally adept incisor artists apply a protective gel or rubber shield to gums, and then slather tooth formations with a bleaching agent. Special light beams then bathe bicuspids, inspiring the bleach's peroxide to whiten teeth five to seven shades, cutting through discoloration caused by age, coffee, or tobacco products. Due to their impenetrable, half-robot nature, dental accessories, such as crowns, bridges, and fillings do not bleach.
Continuing-education courses keep Dr. Edward Sharkey abreast of the latest innovations in the fields of periodontal, surgical, and cosmetic dental care. By updating his dental know-how, he can offer his patients these treatments, including checking for cavities with a diagnostic laser, taking digital tooth impressions with a 3-D imaging program, or making smiles brighter than a radioactive snowflake with the Zoom whitening system. When he’s not treating patients at his clinic, Dr. Sharkey also serves on the surgical staff at Howard County General Hospital and donates his scuba-diving skills to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.