Gayla was sipping an organic iced coffee as she strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, contemplating her lifelong problem with stains. Whether spaghetti sauce on white shirts or the remnants of caffeinated drinks on teeth, stains bothered her deeply. Coffee. Stains. Teeth. That's when, walking by the White House?home to a Texan President at the time?she realized: everything's bigger in Texas, so why shouldn't that be true of their stains? She decided then to open an organic teeth-whitening spa in Austin. After her epiphany, Gayla gathered a team of beauty consultants, customer-service representatives, operations officers, and business consultants and opened My Texas Smile. She and her team pool their individual talents to brighten smiles for up to 12 months without using harsh chemicals.
Dr. Robert D’Alfonso wants to eliminate the stress and fear that causes some people to put off dental work. At his calming office, the focus is on patient comfort, even down to the little things. The waiting room, for one, looks like an upscale living room, and the dental chairs are uniquely comfortable, helping patients forget they're in the dentist's office. Visits can span whatever dental needs patients have, from exams and cleanings to root canals and whitening. The team under Dr. D'Alfonso also works on veneers, Invisalign cases, and dental implants, all with the goal of giving patients healthy, beautiful smiles and strong, menacing, bites.
Inside Sunlounge Spa, a beauty-focused team de-stresses minds and keeps physiques looking lovely seven days a week. Experts provide body-contouring and skin-tightening services such as Exilis and Botox to keep customers radiant. Sunlounge Spa offers body contouring and advanced age-fighting services, from Exilis facial rejuvenation to Botox and Juvederm to NuYu teeth whitening. On staff, medical esthetician, Michelle Young has more than 13 years of experience making clients more beautiful by the day.
The cosmetic experts at Gleam Whitening concentrate all their efforts on making teeth brighter. Their laser-activated whitening system treats teeth discolored from culprits such as coffee, wine, cigarettes, and tea. Platinum, Gold, and Silver packages entail varying amounts of time beneath the laser's blue glow. Whether using a cheek retractor or trays, the whitening technicians are able to bypass much of the tooth sensitivity caused by peroxide interacting with the gums.
Dr. Hooty Alayan completely dedicates himself to his patients' well-being, but he considers their comfort and relaxation to be almost as important as their oral health. In addition to a comforting, relaxing ambiance where clients can feel at home, Dr. Alayan's technicians pamper visitors with complimentary hot scented towels and massaging dental chairs while they inspect teeth for problematic signs and perform preventive treatments. Dr. Alayan has been utilizing CEREC 3-D technology—which allows users to custom-fabricate crowns and onlays—since 2005, and the staff's arsenal of modern dental gadgetry also includes intraoral cameras and digital x-ray machines with low levels of radiation. Great Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s interior also creates a homey, relaxing setting with its bright tones, leather furniture, and marble accents.
The moment Dr. Lisa Ochoa learned that "a person without teeth would lose an average of 10 years off their lifespan" was the moment she decided to become a dentist. Dr. Ochoa is one of Westlake Premier Dentistry's four dentists. Led by the clinic's chief dentist, Dr. Thomas Ince, Dr. Ochoa and her colleagues Drs. Chad Orlich and David Burden take an overall-wellness approach when treating their patients, stressing the importance of regular cleanings that aim to promote long-term health and minty-fresh exhalations.
While waiting to meet with one of the doctors, guests may sip on complimentary cups of coffee and tea. A children's video-game room occupies fidgety fingers, and an Internet café with WiFi entertains laptops that have come in to be straightened. Those visiting the homey dental office relax amid pale-yellow walls and treatment rooms with ceiling-mounted televisions.