Dr. Jeffrey Bayme, a longtime clinical instructor at MUSC's College of Dental Medicine and a staff member at Trident Regional Medical Center, employs his experience and accomplishments to practice medically precise aesthetic dentistry. Choose a 60-minute in-office whitening session where Dr. Bayme bastes choppers with a solution that bleaches teeth when exposed to high-intensity light, leaving mouth jewels bright and sparkly. Dental do-it-yourselfers can pick the take-home option, during which the doctor takes an impression of the patient's mouth to fashion custom whitening trays. Patients choosing this treatment also receive a home bleaching kit to brighten smiles or to restore white leisure suits to their 1970s luster.
Since founding Northside Family Dentistry in 2003, Dr. Raymond S. Vicente has also contributed his oral-health expertise to underprivileged communities, first through the National Health Service Corps and later through Catholic Charities of Charleston. Both pro bono cases and patients at his own practice have had their anxieties soothed by his gentle touch. In an inviting space with hardwood floors, Dr. Vicente and his staff perform services that range from regular cleanings to dental implants. Patients can also opt for cosmetic treatments such as teeth-whitening sessions that leave smiles gleaming and bright.
Husband-and-wife dental team Drs. Jeanine and Jeffrey Gourdine—both South Carolina natives and graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina—hold the keys to a healthy, dazzling grin. At the helm of Smile Center of Knightsville, they enhance or entirely revamp smiles with an arsenal of advanced technology that includes digital imaging, laser dentistry, and intraoral cameras, enabling them to treat teeth to a wealth of general and cosmetic services. Before applying veneers or straightening teeth with clear braces, the dentists assess each patient’s oral health and explain the procedure. They’re also careful to explain what they’re doing during exams with children, helping each kid grasp the importance of fluoride and going over ways to clean teeth that don’t involve chewing a bar of soap before bed each night.
The friendly staff, modern furnishings and equipment, and TVs found in every exam room at Dental Associates of Summerville serve as antidotes to the notion that dentistry must be unpleasant. Groupon purchasers will come in to be custom fit for an Opalescence take-home teeth-whitening kit, which includes gel and a bleaching tray customized to accommodate each tooth's shape and idiosyncratic sense of humor. Patients will notice brighter smiles and an increased number of wind-blown kisses from passing strangers in about a week. Newly whitened mouth pearls receive an extra boost from the potassium fluoride formulated into the gel, which strengthens enamel and acts as a burly nightclub bouncer for encroaching cavities.
Dr. James J. Richart doesn't leave his patients in the dark while he tinkers with their teeth. He promotes education as a means to stave off dental ailments, using intraoral cameras and informative DVDs to show patients exactly what is going on with their smiles. Dr. Richart then fixes these smiles with clear Invisalign aligners, same-day crowns courtesy of CEREC technology, and dental veneers.
Lowcountry Loop Trolley's drivers are master storytellers. As they ferry groups on each hop-on, hop-off tour, they spin tales of historic Charleston and its surrounding region. The introduction often proves invaluable to visitors on their first or second trip to Charleston, granting a convenient overview of the area for future venturing on their own. The guides' enthusiastic voices boom about the sandy beaches of Sullivan’s Island, the waterfront restaurants along Mt. Pleasant’s Shem Creek, and the historic USS Yorktown, which floats permanently due to being encased in jello at Patriots Point. Along the way, Lowcountry Loop Trolley invites its passengers to hop off and shop, eat, or explore at their own pace.