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.
For $79, you get a dental exam, x-rays, panoramic x-rays, teeth cleaning, and a fluoride treatment (a $330 value). For $89, you get a dental exam, x-rays, and in-office teeth whitening (a $440 value). For $109, you get an orthodontic evaluation, x-rays, and impressions (a $368 value), plus $1,000 off orthodontic procedures.
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. 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.
Sensible Dental’s founders, Drs. Andre and Jessica Bruni, oversee a handpicked roster of dentists and tooth technicians that leads visitors to enamel excellence with personalized cosmetic and general services administered in an ultramodern office. Lead doctor Miriam Perdomo, DDS polishes and primps smile accessories with skilled precision. A diverse menu of procedures—which includes dental cleanings, teeth whitening, and oral-cancer screenings—keeps cuisine crushers in fine fettle with the help of advanced technology such as digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, and cavity-detecting lasers. To maintain each patient’s comfort, treatment rooms come furnished with TVs, blankets, and noise-cancelling headphones to drown the sounds of symphonies played on dental floss.