At Gemini Dental, oral care is a family affair: the sons of a prominent Peruvian dentist in Lima, brothers Luis and Jorge Velis opened their own clinic after graduating together from the University of Florida in 1998, helping them stay as close to each other as two front teeth. Dedicated to keeping their skills sharp, the brothers and their staff undergo continuing education. It allows them hone their skills with such smile-improving procedures as affixing Invisalign braces, performing virtual imaging, and teaching the hygienically correct way to pull back lips and pretend to be in a wind tunnel. Besides regular dental care, the six staff doctors render such advanced services as low-radiation digital X-rays and single-visit, ceramic crowns.
Invisalign straightens crooked teeth with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift pearly whited into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,750 to $7,800); this Groupon gets you $7,800 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here. Depending on the client’s teeth, as few as 12 or as many as 48 separate aligners will need to be worn during a period of 6–15 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Aligners are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw.
The softly scented candles and soothing music that permeate Gables Perfect Smile may remind visitors of a spa and not a dental practice, but this calming atmosphere is simply the manifestation of Dr. Victor Gutierrez goal to make patients as comfortable as possible. Since opening a private practice in 1994, the dentist has enrolled in continuing-education courses to master skills in areas ranging from cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry to implant dentistry. Today, the team of dental professionals work with each patient or tooth fairy to craft a custom plan that can include treatments such as Invisalign teeth straightening and full-mouth reconstructions. They can also perform sedation dentistry to keep patients as calm as possible.
In addition to the standard lineup of general and cosmetic dentistry services, Gables Perfect Smile boasts technology-based treatments such as the Waterlase MD dental laser, which removes tooth decay without using excess heat, vibration, or demolition trucks. Their smile makeover calls upon cosmetic imaging to render a preview of patients' potential smile.
Dr. Vanessa Arzola puts patient education at the forefront of her grin-fortifying services. With expertise in several fields, including periodontal treatment, surgery, and cosmetic dentistry, she presents patients with a range of options to address their dental woes, and she regularly posts advice on topics ranging from the causes of acid erosion to the oft-overlooked sources of bad breath. Inside her office, digital x-rays help to expose hidden decay without exposing mouths to excess radiation or a surprise interrogation by undercover news reporters. Teeth that have already been damaged can be restored with veneers, crowns, or dentures that are custom fit for comfort.
Sharing the sentiments of her fellow dentists at Infinity Dental Associates, Dr. Michelle Segal strives to keep her patients' teeth and gums healthy and beautiful. That means scheduling technologically advanced services such as Opalescence Xtra Boost teeth-whitening treatments. To keep up with the latest techniques, Dr. Michelle Segal, who received her dental degree from Nova Southeastern University, partakes in continuing education courses and eavesdrops on the Tooth Fairy's phone calls. But what motivates her most is her upbringing; her father was a dentist for more than four decades.