Patients at American Dental Solutions benefit are welcomed by a friendly, experienced staff upon each arrival. While in the chair, the relaxing mood continues as Dr. Faysal Yousuf Chaudhry and the dental team gently examine for decay and educate patients before performing any whitening treatments, fillings, or dental implants with attention to quality and detail.
Laughing youngsters huddle in a play area as adults sip warm lattes nearby and check their email at an Internet bar. Individually mounted TVs, heated pillows, and video-game rooms keep patients entertained and at ease in each of DFW Family Dentistry’s seven offices. Every office shares the same focus on patient comfort, and they stay open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for appointments before school, after work, or before nightly werewolf hunts. DFW Family Dentistry stands behind its dentists' work with a three-year warranty for issues such as chipped fillings.
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.
Board-certified physician Michael Bailey has furnished Alliance Medical Spa with almost everything needed to make a patient look younger. There are lasers, Botox syringes, facial masks, fake birth certificates, and lipotropic injections, which play an essential role in the facility’s three-step medical weight-loss program. In addition to offering these cosmetic treatments, Dr. Bailey’s team extends a therapeutic touch to tense bodies during five different types of massages.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the hydro-derma fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The dentist and his staff remodel and realign unruly biters in a sleek office with leather seating, dark hardwood floors, and bright punches of red. Two flat-screen televisions in the kids' waiting area entertain moppets with video games and reruns of Larry King Live. Because the office strives to be eco-friendly, all records and x-rays live in a digital format, eschewing the wastefulness of paper files.