Fewer than 400 dentists around the world can currently claim accredited membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, but Dr. Dennis Lichorwic is determined to add one to their ranks. In the process, he's submitted to a multiyear system of peer review that includes written and oral exams and in-depth clinical case studies that are scrutinized by the members of the Academy.
This passion for continual education has helped make his practice the nine-time winner of Emerald Coast Magazine's Best Dental Practice award. Along with his partner Dr. Julia Sprang and their friendly staff of hygienists and dental assistants, Lichowic keeps up with new technologies to treat patients with popular new procedures such as Invisalign teeth-straightening treatments and ultra-quick Zoom! whitening.
Meanwhile, patients say aah in a pair of offices whose waiting areas, despite their stately exteriors, evoke nothing so much as a posh family room. Carafes of coffee sit atop a coffee bar in the waiting room, a flat-screen TV hangs over a fireplace that sucks pre-appointment anxieties from the air, and wooden floors lessen the institutional feel of treatment rooms.
James Frantz, D.M.D., and Mark Dorilag, D.D.S., founded Green Valley and co-captain the group's noble mission of dignifying mucky mouthbones with eco-friendly services. During the comprehensive examination that includes an oral-cancer screening, a nimble scaler frolics from tooth to tooth, feeling for suspicious craters and lumpy enamel (a $75 value). To further analyze potential maw pests, patients may be asked to pose for a full set of digital x-rays, which provide dentists with images that are more detailed than traditional film (a $102 value), and/or Panorex x-rays, which afford a panoramic view of the mouth even if clients' faces aren't made of malleable dough (a $90 value). A periodontal evaluation creates a graphic representation of the dentist’s findings to track any signs of periodontal disease and inspire relatable oil paintings (a $56 value).
The teeth-strengthening doctor at Laser Dental, Dr. Hien Nguyen, graduated from the NYU School of Dentistry and use's his expertise to restore mouths. His services include everything from gentle cleanings to dental implants. Dr. Nguyen supplements his traditional preventive and cosmetic procedures with the latest technology—such as laser dentistry and invisible braces—to assure each appointment is as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Irwan Goh’s combination of general and cosmetic treatments keeps his patients' teeth healthy and sparkling. His dental implants fill in gaps in a smile, and same-day crowns cover teeth that are damaged or very shy. Routine checkups search for signs of disease or decay, and patients can sit for a quick custom mold for take-home whitening kits that keep teeth bright in between appointments.
Nevada Sun Dental specializes in family and cosmetic dentistry. That means the dental staff can handle everything from routine checkups and cleanings for youngsters to implants and root canals for Rumpelstiltskin. They also perform Invisalign procedures, which straighten teeth with clear aligners instead of clunky braces.
Named the staff pick for the Best Spa in Las Vegas 2009 and 2012 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ritual Salon and Spa leads bodies on a tour of relaxation surrounded by glamorous ‘70s-style decor. At the Green Valley location, vermilion walls and miniature Buddha statues glow under retro textured lamps, and the Summerlin location melds soothing green and earth tones with rich brocade and upholstery. If the spas feel like lounges, it's no mistake: the staffers regularly host a Wednesday girls' night out stocked with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and mini spa treatments. At each location, customized facials pamper visages with Éminence Organics products, and massages attack stress with Swedish strokes enhanced by the warmth of heated stones and the soothing melodies of Viking battle hymns.