Dentists and tooth pamperers Marissa Garcia and Tim DePalma frequently attend continuing-education courses to keep their dental know-how fresh, building on their doctorates from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Supported by that load-bearing experience, the duo leads Ultra Smiles’s crew of seasoned hygienists, who work in cozy treatment rooms as they carry out a full roster of general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services. The dentists harness laser technology to safely vanquish a wide range of oral ailments and outfit grins with accouterments such as veneers, implants, and clear braces that are as invisible as an imaginary friend’s ghost. Rich hardwood furnishings adorn the floors and walls of Ultra Smiles’s office, where the staff meticulously maintains cleanliness via high-tech water-purification systems and a cutting-edge sterilization center.
When it comes to the integration of Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Carlos Chapa might as well be the poster child. He spent nearly a decade learning and practicing Western medicine, first as a medic in the U.S. Marines, then as a civilian paramedic. When he took a sabbatical from his budding medical career to study abroad in China, Dr. Chapa's early interest in natural cures?stemming from visits to his grandmother's small town in Mexico, where she acted as the town healer?took root in the form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He delved head-first into this new passion, earning his master's degree and then his PhD in Oriental Medicine from Dongguk University in South Korea, which led him to study at one of the world's first hospitals that integrated Eastern and Western principles.
Today, Dr. Chapa brings this integrative approach to clients at Valley Ranch Acupuncture. As a licensed acupuncturist who has treated thousands of patients, he uses this 5,000 year old technique to decrease pain, boost energy, and affect hormone levels in clients, all with the aim of treating the root cause of the issues and not only focusing only on the symptoms. True to his forward-thinking style, Dr. Chapa may even swap out the hair-thin, virtually painless acupuncture needles for a laser. The low-energy beam is used to target the same locations and produce the same results as acupuncture needles, but require no penetration of the skin.
If there is one word that describes Active Dental, it is modern. The Baylor College of Dentistry–trained doctors at each of the two practices scan teeth with digital x-rays, display cavities on chair-side flat-screen TVs using intra-oral cameras, and light up their work with Helios technology, LED dental rays designed to focus on mouths instead of shining in eyes.
The technicians at NuYu Teeth Whitening rejuvenate teeth, white washing them to their former glory with the aid of an all-natural gel and an LED light. They perform the procedure quickly, whitening teeth six to eight shades with three simple in-office treatments that take less than an hour total to complete. They also box up their magical formulas, creating take-home kits so clients can pursue brighter smiles in the comfort of their own home. For the longest-lasting results, the staff recommends repeating the process every 60 to 90 days.
NuYu Teeth Whitening's range of dental gels whitens teeth in spas or the comfort of one's home. Both their take-home and in-office solutions use silicone mouth trays, which comfortably hold whitening gel snugly against teeth as they coax out stains. Their take-home whitening kits come in three varieties: a standard set with peroxide gel, an extra-strength kit designed specifically for tobacco stains, and an organic pack that preempts peroxide with an eco-friendly formula that leaves teeth so dazzling, global-warming rays are reflected right back into space.
Dr. Michael Caparas and his associates at each of the seven Metroplex Dental Care locations perform services using advanced technology, such as digital x-rays that release up to 90% less radiation and intraoral cameras. The doctors recommend a "sensible oral-health regimen," which includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and oral-cancer screenings. They help to repair existing maladies with restorative procedures such as root-canal therapy, and makeover smiles with veneers and whitening treatments. For sound sleep, the doctors fit apnea appliances and snore guards, ensuring that patients will no longer wake family members or lure a herd of migrating kazoos into the bedroom. Whatever the service, the doctors put patients at ease with their soothing chairside manner and variety of sedation options.