Dr. Scott Nguyen’s desire to give his patients the best possible care leads him to attain more than four times the required number of continuing-education hours each year. The classes bolster his knowledge in everything from orthodontics and implant dentistry to how to whittle a toothbrush from a single piece of driftwood. At Sunnysmile Dental, Dr. Nguyen flexes his skills alongside his team, where they makes treatments such as root canals and laser teeth whitening as comfortable as possible.
Fillings. Root canals. Extractions. Movies. Though these may seem like items in the game One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other, they all fit in at Moy Dental. That's because the dental practice makes its clients as comfortable as possible during appointments, pairing them with warm neck wraps, bottled water, and even soup following major treatments. TVs grace the walls in each room, inviting clients to watch a film or a series of their favorite commercials while having their teeth whitened or a crown adhered. Same-day emergency care further sets clients at ease, while an incentive program rewards them for referring new patients to the practice.
When not painting colorful landscapes at home, dentist Dr. Anagha Joshi is in her office at Dental Fine Arts, shining up smiles and educating patients about oral health. The latest technology—including intraoral cameras and low-radiation digital x-rays—aid Dr. Joshi and her staff during services that include crowns, teeth whitening, root canals, and orthodontics. A television in each room helps clients pass the time without teaching themselves to whistle with their mouths open.
Since graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1989, Dr. Cliff Broschinsky—known as Dr. B to his patients—has been keeping pace with the constantly evolving field of dentistry. At his practice, tooth-colored composite resins replace metal amalgams for cavity repair and Invisalign orthodontics take the place of wire braces or stern ballet instructors to nudge teeth into straighter positions. Patients undergo these modern treatments while surrounded by décor from a bygone era, including Victorian-style couches, brocade curtains, and ornate tables.
Dr. Ganga Thota of Breeze Dental Group has been cleaning, whitening, and straightening smiles for more than 13 years in an office that focuses on patient pampering. As she affixes porcelain veneers or treats TMJ, Dr. Thota's patients recline in dental chairs that gently massage them and watch movies and TV shows or practice singing with dental tools in their mouth. A separate spa room further eases tension with pre- and posttreatment shiatsu massages. Outside, both waiting children and adults can pass the time by playing games on the office's iPads.
Breeze Dental Group also aims to minimize its carbon footprint by keeping electronic dental records to reduce paper use and snapping digital x-rays to eliminate both glow-in-the-dark teeth and the use of hazardous materials. An onsite water-treatment system provides medical-grade water, and electronic faucets curb water waste.
Dr. Hema Patel, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, headlines Smile Plus Dentistry’s grin-cleansing gang who stem the tide of tooth decay, plaque, and tartar buildup through comprehensive dental care. The comprehensive checkup begins with a visual exam that scans chatterboxes for noticeable wear, troublesome tooth craters, and Charleston Chew accumulation (a $70 value). A set of x-rays allows Dr. Patel to gaze deeper inside teeth to unveil the appearance of cavities or the progress of decay (a $90 value), and a cleaning (a $116 value) polishes away any dental detritus so that each gumstone shines like the top of Mr. Clean’s head. The enamel enlightenment can be continued at home with a whitening kit, which brightens teeth with trays and bleaching gel that can be worn while sleeping or during the day (a $150 value).