In 2008, husband and wife Jason and Shanon Rabon saw something was missing from their native city of Charlotte. People who wanted a more brilliant smile to display during dates, weddings, or long commutes couldn't gain one with ease. Usually, whitening one?s teeth requires an expensive visit to the dentist to brighten smiles with a combination of hydrogen-peroxide gel and LED light. Jason and Shanon offer an alternative at their seven Whiten My Smile Now locations, which provide the same treatment at a far lower cost. It?s a convenience that has rapidly ascended in popularity: around 15,000 clients seek out the service each year.
During visits, a technician thoroughly explains the procedure and holds up a mirror while the client brushes the whitening gel directly onto their teeth. This brush-delivery method delves deep into the cracks and nooks of the teeth to evenly lift out discoloration and stains. With gel applied, clients relax in a private area under the LED light for approximately 15 minutes. Afterwards, they can check how many shades teeth have brightened by comparing their smiles to a whitening chart.
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops that brighten smiles in 20 minutes. Since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles annually across five states. The locations in North Carolina offer either convenience at their South Park Mall kiosk or privacy at their office locations. Armed with Beaming White, a special light activated gel teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers with an applicator pen. An applicator pen exposes the teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-7 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
Captained by 21-year dental practice veteran Dr. John T. Walsh, the Dentistry of the Carolinas network of multispecialty dentists performs a full range of services, with some locations providing cosmetic whitening and dental implants. Their backgrounds in dental surgery enable them to expertly handle root canals and extractions, and their knowledge of Invisalign orthodontia helps them inconspicuously straighten out wayward teeth without metal braces or barks from a boot-camp drill sergeant. The team also performs a range of basic services, including routine cleanings that free teeth of hardened tartar and plaque, fillings, root canals, extractions, dentures and partials. Customers can contact their desired location for a full list of services.
At Premier Smiles of Charlotte, Drs. Pressley, Knockum, and Daniel keep mouths healthy with premium services. Treating children and adults, they provide everything from routine checkups to extractions, from whitening to implants. They can also outfit patients with flexible dentures, night mouth guards, and Fastbraces.
The staff members at Lake Pointe Family Dentistry believe that oral health care should be luxurious, not daunting. So, they've tucked their treatment rooms inside a spa and disguised appointments as indulgent getaways. The office's design seems to have borrowed its aesthetic from a Mediterranean temple, with its columns and flowing drapery in the lobby and crisp white and royal-blue color scheme.
Inside the treatment rooms, clients repose on massaging dental chairs while receiving a warm neck wrap and soothing eye pillows. They might also find their hands swaddled in a paraffin-wax treatment that encourages clients to stop hiding their hands under sock puppets.
It’s an experience completely unlike the ones you might find at a traditional dentist office, but Lake Pointe Family Dentistry’s focus is still on maintaining and beautifying smiles. Dr. Naureen Qazi works with her dental assistants to address tooth decay and a variety of restorative procedures, including crown placements, fillings, and implants. The Invisalign-certified dentist also oversees cosmetic strategies such as veneers and whitening.