The staff at Armstrong Advanced Dental Concepts helps grins to reach their brightest potential by outfitting them with LumiBrite take-home whitening kits. Dingy chompers head to the office for a prescreening session, after which dentists take their molds to craft custom-made whitening trays and gelatin head statues. Patients then fill their personalized tooth cozies with 32% carbamide peroxide, which paints the enamel canvas in a hydroxyapatite trompe l'oeil to fill in surface defects and enhance toothy glows, for one hour of daily wear. Treatments may last up to 10 days depending on the intended level of whiteness and varying speeds of planetary rotation. Patients may upgrade their experience to an in-office treatment for an additional $299.
Dr. M. Scott Runnels transforms crooked chompers into impeccable ivories using advanced technology and tailor-fit orthodontia. First, Dr. Runnels will implement an initial exam of your mouth, taking x-rays for his digital scrapbook and a set of impressions to create the aligners, which are virtually invisible, like a turtle's aura. If you decide to go through with the total Invisalign treatment (a typical treatment runs from $5,050–$5,950), you will also receive $1,000 off. During the process, each set of cog covers is worn for two weeks, designed to gradually shift walnut crackers until they reach white-picket-fence status. Unlike incisors, the aligners can be easily removed to eat, drink, brush, and chew floss. Although each patient's case differs, a full Invisalign treatment typically last about 12 months, or the gestation period of a sea lion.
Fewer than 400 dentists around the world can currently claim accredited membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, but Dr. Dennis Lichorwic is determined to add one to their ranks. In the process, he's submitted to a multiyear system of peer review that includes written and oral exams and in-depth clinical case studies that are scrutinized by the members of the Academy.
This passion for continual education has helped make his practice the nine-time winner of Emerald Coast Magazine's Best Dental Practice award. Along with his partner Dr. Julia Sprang and their friendly staff of hygienists and dental assistants, Lichowic keeps up with new technologies to treat patients with popular new procedures such as Invisalign teeth-straightening treatments and ultra-quick Zoom! whitening.
Meanwhile, patients say aah in a pair of offices whose waiting areas, despite their stately exteriors, evoke nothing so much as a posh family room. Carafes of coffee sit atop a coffee bar in the waiting room, a flat-screen TV hangs over a fireplace that sucks pre-appointment anxieties from the air, and wooden floors lessen the institutional feel of treatment rooms.
Dr. A. E. Miller’s path to Summit Dental was anything but direct. After manning a solo practice for 10 years, Dr. Miller sold it and moved to Hana, Maui, where he administered nonprofit dental services. When he returned to Pensacola, he continued to perform nonprofit dental services while also designing coursework and intricate hedge mazes for dental students at the University of Florida.
Soon after, he opened Summit Dental, reestablishing himself in private practice and employing his expertise in family and cosmetic dentistry. He and his experienced staff dedicate themselves to helping patients gain self-confidence with a smile-makeover approach, which seeks to optimize the natural beauty of each patient’s smile.
The dental professionals at Comfort Dental Care, led by director Dr. Alan Farrugia, administer exams and x-rays to address cavity-stricken jaws and share Zoom! whitening trays to brighten base smiles. Clients head to the office for a comprehensive examination of chompers' strength, condition, and tendency to bite strangers. Bitewing x-rays showcase the upper- and lower-back teeth, exposing tooth decay. Zoom! whitening trays can illuminate hues several shades, but may be uncomfortable if tooth decay is present, so dentists will advise patients on the decision between the cleaning and teeth-whitening options after their exam. Clients who opt for dental cleaning recline as a hygienist rids grins of tartar, plaque, and long-lost retainers. Panoramic x-ray angles display a broad view of the jaws, teeth, and sinuses to reveal unseen problems such as cysts, infections, fractures, and impacted teeth.
The aestheticians at Bliss Spa & Nails work studiously to exfoliate skin, cleanse pores, and reduce fine lines around lips and eyes. Besides offering facials, the team waxes away unwanted hair and provides massage therapy that incorporates trigger-point and deep-tissue techniques to relieve bodies of stress and pain.
Though their canvases are small, Bliss Spa & Nails' nail technicians create stunning designs. Their nail art runs the gamut from sparkly polishes and candy-striped patterns to nail-size reproductions of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. The team’s nail mastery extends to more traditional procedures, including mani-pedis, acrylic nails, and chip-resistant Shellac polish.