Clients smile whiter and brighter as they emerge from the offices of Solar Teeth Whitening New Orleans, which specializes in whitening treatments that can be performed during a single lunch break. During their signature 30- or 40-minute sessions, technicians slather teeth in a specially formulated gel that activates beneath an array of LED lights. This light-and-gel combination works to boost whiteness 8–12 shades and blast away discoloration caused by excessive coffee, cigarette, or crayon consumption. Clients can also purchase whitening kits to use in the privacy of their own homes or snag an annual membership that keeps smiles bright throughout the year with one whitening session per month.
Dr. Mekari and his team of tooth technicians maintain chomper health with time-tested patient care and advanced dental technology. The one- to two-hour office visit commences with a thorough oral examination, during which a skilled tusk expert explores mouths for signs of oral cancer, plaque, cavities, and the tiny compartments where gummy bears stash their gold. After the premolar pop quiz, a technician snaps shots of your mouth pearls using the GXCB-500, a cone beam dental imaging system that allows Dr. Mekari to view interdental goings-on in full 3-D format, resulting in more comprehensive examinations in less time. Finally, a hygienist scrubs teeth in a flurry of flossing and polishing that removes the plaque and debris that toothbrushes leave behind, resulting in smiles that are sharper, shinier, and less likely to rust.
Enamel aficionado Shelly Ereth Barone, DDS in General Dentistry at GNO Dental Care, performs routine maintenance services that stave off oral antagonists to ensure a long and healthy lifespan for pearly whites. The one-hour exam begins with a visual inspection of the gums and teeth, helping to thwart cavities, oral cancer, gum disease, and TMJ from inhibiting the mouth's natural function as a walnut cracker. Four bitewing x-rays then peer deep into grills to uncover underlying issues, such as tooth decay or enamel abnormalities, that are naked to the human eye. Finally, the tooth technician mines away at mineralized deposits before polishing smiles bright enough to temporarily blind a pack of charging rhinos.
In the 14 years since he graduated dental school, Dr. Ken Morgan hasn't rested on his laurels. He's kept abreast of emergent technology and techniques, putting them to good use in his office. That's how he's able to perform such advanced treatments as dental implants, tooth-colored composite fillings, and durable veneers so thin they're nearly translucent. He also helps straighten out crooked grills with clear, custom-fit Invisalign braces, which guide teeth to their proper position while remaining virtually invisible.
A graduate of Louisiana State University and a member of the American Dental Association, Dr. Todd Canatella helms a staff of specialists well-versed in bite-beautifying procedures and up-to-date on technological advances thanks to courses and seminars. They use digital x-rays to reduce radiation exposure and perform regular checkups and cleanings to keep teeth healthy and well rooted. For grins in need of crowns, inlays, and onlays, Dr. Canatella uses Cerec CAD/CAM technology to complete these procedures in one visit without the usual litany of temporaries, appointments, and in-office sleepovers.
After her practice was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Rupa Jolly became all the more determined to care for the community’s dental needs. She revived NOLA Dental Care and, today, she continues to improve smiles with preventative check-ups and x-rays, as well as dental implants, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic procedures. She also enrolls in continuing education courses in order to master the field’s most cutting-edge techniques and smile-inducing molar jokes.