During the exam at Jefferson Dental, which welcomes walk-ins, one of the dentists from the smile-savvy staff ventures into facial caves in search of tooth decay and gum disease. A skilled technician then snaps x-ray pictures, uncovering hidden problems to use as blackmail. Opting to add cleaning ensures that a whirlpool of floss and paste separates debris, plaque, and tartar from enamel and that fangs look more polished than a socialite dipped in wax.
Dr. John E. Holmes and his skilled smile staff at Colonial Dental eschew the unsightly wires of traditional braces in favor of clear Invisalign technology to straighten out misguided mouth bones. For an average treatment time of 9–15 months, Invisalign wearers rotate through a series of clear aligner trays that, like a milk moustache on a ghost, remain virtually invisible. Dr. John first examines mouth bones during a consultation and takes x-rays to ensure overall chomper health and that patients are candidates for Invisalign. He then takes impressions to use in tandem with 3-D computer imaging technology and forges a set of aligners that slowly nudge teeth into more harmonious positions. Patients don each set of fang fixers for two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, and whistle. Every six weeks, patients return for a check-up to ensure everything is progressing as planned.
Dr. John Rubin, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry, strives to make trips to the dentist as stress-free as possible, whether performing general checkups or dental-emergency care. To limit pain during procedures, he can administer oral and audio sedation, and also alleviates fears as a certified practitioner of sedation-sleep dentistry. His trained staff further comforts patients with amenities such as heated massage chairs, CDs and video, and long-lost teddy bears.
The teeth-whitening technicians at Smiling Bright help customers forge whiter smiles with professional-strength in-office and at-home treatments. Cool gray walls and rich, mulberry-toned ceilings envelop Smiling Bright's inviting interior, accented with undulating mirrors, a sleek leather sofa, and private, curtain-drawn treatment rooms. In-office sparkle sessions outfit chompers with a tray preloaded with clinical-strength whitening gel, after which an LED light activates peroxide molecules to coax out stains and nesting yellow finches obscuring the enamel. Smiling Bright's specialty at-home X Cell Erator whitening system comes equipped with the same powerful gel as the in-office treatments, along with a battery-operated whitening light, a list of tips and instructions, and a shade guide to assess how much teeth have improved and whether to ground them from after-school privileges.
A comprehensive and modern dentistry office, Benbrook Dental treats kids and adults with the latest techniques and technology. Putting patient comfort first, the staff uses equipment such as the Isolite, an ergonomic bite block that allows patients to comfortably keep mouths open during procedures, as well as digital x-rays that expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-rays. The office keeps kids entertained with video games, DVDs, and a play area. To ensure efficient visits, the staff also employs intra-oral cameras to get panoramic views of the whole mouth, and offers nitrous oxide and sedatives to ease nerves and foster deep relaxation during procedures.
Dr. Edwina Evangelista, a member of the American Dental Association, aligns and lightens clients' teeth. Using a series of ClearCorrect aligners, specialists straighten teeth gradually and covertly without resorting to archaic methods such as having clients chew on repurposed kindergarteners' rulers. First, doctors send impressions, photos, and x-rays to ClearCorrect, which then creates exact 3-D models of grills and maps out complete treatment plans before employing an arsenal of computers to create custom aligners. Patients wear their aligners all the time, except while eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and growling at bears. Periodic checkups throughout the process ensure that the process is proceeding smoothly.