A two-story castle, jumbo stuffed animals, and Xbox video games—these aren’t what most people picture when they think of a dentist’s office. But these amenities and more are found at Coastal Kids Dental & Braces, whose founder and mother of two Dr. Isabel aims to make going to the dentist fun. She and a skilled staff of pediatric dentists and hygienists make every effort to put children at ease and answer their questions about the tooth fairy’s interest rates. In rooms decorated with galactic, naval, and underwater themes, these experts cater to their pintsize patients while assessing oral health and evaluating the need for orthodontics. The patients themselves can watch movies on flat-screen televisions while they swish with fluoride and open wide.
Drs. Michael and Lindsay Grosso and the team at Grosso Orthodontics usher straighter smiles into the world with different types of braces. Traditional metal braces come smaller than they did in the early 20th century or the Iron Age, whereas modern clear Invisalign aligners are barely detectable. The Grosso gang understands that a crooked smile isn't just aesthetically unpleasing?it may also signify internal problems with bite and mouth structure.
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.
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.
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.