The family dental team at Matthews Dental Associates, enhancing smiles since 1975, eschews wire braces in favor of Invisalign trays to guide teeth toward healthier, more aesthetic positions. Wearers rotate through of series of clear plastic trays that nudge teeth toward their optimal position while remaining virtually undetectable, much like a snowman's milk moustache. After an initial consultation and examination ensures candidacy for treatment, panoramic x-rays and impressions work in tandem with 3-D computer technology to design and crafts trays. During treatment, which can last up to two years, wearers graduate to a new set about every two weeks and can remove the trays at any time in order to brush, eat, or gnaw crayons.
Together, the highly trained staffers at Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry have dedicated more than four decades of their lives to improving people's smiles. They insert implants that look almost identical to the real thing for patients with missing teeth, and they apply Lumineers veneers for folks with damaged or discolored smiles. Teeth-whitening treatments are available to add an extra dash of shine. Though they specialize in cosmetic procedures, they're equally adept at general dentistry, including routine exams and cleanings. In order to make patients feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible, they've cultivated a warm, home-like atmosphere—complete with hardwood floors, floral paintings, and actors hired to dress up like your parents.
At Aesthetic & Special Care Associates, doctors Keith Nguyen and Jeffrey F. Rutledge prod at plaque buildup to leave mouth pearls polished and healthy. During an initial exam, one of the dental docs will visually assess choppers' vital signs, checking for evidence of periodontal disease, decay, or hidden wiretaps and recommending a proper course of treatment for alleviating any anomalies. Bitewing x-rays allow the cuspid custodian to delve deeper into each tooth's inner workings, utilizing digital radiology to limit exposure to potentially harmful radiation. The one-hour treatment is then capped with a meticulous molar cleaning, which diligently purges each meat masher of plaque and buildup—a process designed to leave patients with the shining grin of an open-mouthed walk through an automated car wash, but with less exposure on the local news.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Though Planet Beach Contempo Spa employs two spa consultants, neither lifts a finger to perform any treatments. That?s because all of the spa?s services?massage, teeth whitening, tanning, skincare, and even weight management?are taken care of by a fleet of automated booths and capsules. Clients slip into the calorie-burning SlimCapsule or the bronzing Mystic spray-tanning booth in complete privacy, and many of the machines feature voice instructions to guide them through each treatment.