Dr. Sandra Vargas, a member of the American Dental Association and Georgia Dental Association, presides over a staff of board-certified dental technicians as they brighten and protect smiles. The 30-minute in-office Artiste teeth-whitening treatment harnesses a 58% peroxide base solution to break up stains, yellowing, and fading from tea, soda, and rowdy parties with sugarplum fairies. The Artiste formula glides across pearlies with a neutral pH, and yields little or no tooth sensitivity by eschewing acidity, alkalinity, and polarizing political views. The process whitens chompers up to 12 shades, leaving grins gleaming for an afternoon of proud strutting.
After graduating from Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, William L Beck DMD began restoring smiles in Gwinnett County in 1985. The Augusta native has remained up-to-date on industry techniques by completing numerous continuing-education classes. Dr. Beck performs each cleaning himself, ousting plaque and tartar with precise techniques. He also fortifies smiles with crowns and bridges, and performs teeth-whitening treatments that curb the effects of drinking wine, smoking, or rinsing with soy sauce.
Eaglin Dental Group, PC relies on advanced technology to perform a full range of general, cosmetic, and restorative services. Instead of a metal drill, the staff uses a Waterlase tool, which yields less friction and requires less anesthetic. Instead of traditional x-rays, they snap shots with digital x-rays, which emit less radiation. Diagnodent lasers scope out otherwise invisible decay and Cerec equipment fabricates custom ceramic crowns in a single office visit.
Imagix Dental & Orthodontics' team of smile shiners leaves gleaming grins in its wake at offices stationed across the Atlanta area. To begin whitening sessions, clinicians paint pearlies with a special light-activated gel, then switch on the Zoom! light to activate stain-lifting action that erases discoloration from coffee drinking, cigar smoking, and oil swigging. Lips and gums are shielded so that only enamel whitens as clients listen to music or relax in chairs. The sessions last about an hour, after which chompers emerge an average of eight shades lighter, and offer a quicker alternative for brightening smiles than outfitting mouths with solar panels.
At Lemons Dental, Dr. Terry Lemons and Dr. John Hendricks, who have been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years, maintain smiles with cosmetic procedures⎯such as Invisalign, implants, and whitening⎯and preventive care, such as periodontal therapy and dental exams. The doctors treat anxious patients with sedation dentistry and an operatory that overlooks a soothing waterfall flanked by tufts of grass, smooth rocks, and centaurs playing violins.