Inside Laser Clinic of Chesapeake's office, potted plants and flowers bask in the glow of freshly sparkling grins. The office’s dental specialists brighten smiles with FDA-approved teeth-whitening treatments. The glow of an Osram blue LED lamp seeps from treatment rooms, the unit’s eight total lights and 24 watts of power activating whitening gels and scary stories about mysterious lighthouse operators.
Dominion Dentistry’s Dr. Richard Sweeney involves patients in every step of the treatment-planning process and thoroughly explains all available options. Checkups begin with a set of four bite-wing x-rays that illuminate any existing or potential issues such as periodontal defects or cavities brought on from gargling maple syrup. Patients then alight in their personal exam room for a thorough cleaning while relaxing by watching TV, viewing videos stored on a personal iPod, or listening to the surround-sound music system. Once a dental hygienist has swept oral cobblestones clear of plaque films and tartar deposits, Dr. Sweeney examines freshened mouths for evidence of decay or disease and checks under tongues for misplaced wads of gums.
Dr. Michael L. Kahan devotes himself to staying at the leading edge of developments in dentistry. His approach to staying up to date is twofold: he equips his office with the most advanced technology available and builds on more than 30 years of experience with yearly continuing-education courses.
The office contains devices that could be from a future in which robots never developed the capacity to weep constantly; digital x-rays produce up to 90% less radiation then their traditional counterparts, and intraoral cameras accurately record up-close photos of cavities and gum disease. Electric tools replace the underpowered, air-driven devices used in many clinics, and rotary endodontic equipment cuts down much of the guesswork and discomfort of root canals.
At Atlantic Teeth Whitening, technicians brighten and whiten grins using the same techniques practiced by many dentists. During in-office sessions, they cover teeth with a 16% hydrogen-peroxide gel and then activate the gel with beams of blue LED light, lifting stains from dentin and enamel. Patrons can also buy Minerals enamel booster, Forever White whitening pens, and other take-home products.
SmileLabs of Virginia's teeth-whitening experts empower visitors to go toe-to-toe against enamel discoloration with an arsenal of peroxide-based whitening gels, which have little to no effect on tooth sensitivity. During SmileLabs' signature, in-office treatments, patrons sit comfortably in a specially designed chair before wielding an easy-to-use brush applicator to coat their own gumstones in whitening gel. An LED lamp attached to the chair then shines cold blue light at food-destroyers to accelerate the gel's tooth-blanching ingredients. After the half-hour session, clients prepare to flash grins bright enough to temporarily blind an angry, rapidly approaching linebacker.