Eschewing the chilly touch of robo-hygienists, Cosmetic Dental Associates employs an all-human staff of expertly trained dental assistants, ensuring patients are spared from splashes of motor oil and binary prattle while they're being pampered with professional, toothsome TLC. Polish your pearls with the Pola Office Advance Whitening System, which uses a combination of whitening gels and Sapphire Whitening Light to scour stained gum stumps and leave teeth up to eight shades whiter in only an hour ($695). Additionally, this deal includes a comprehensive teeth whitening consultation and oral exam ($70), and a full set of x-rays ($102).
Family dentist Dr. Tom Watkins, who received his advanced training in dentistry while serving in the US Air Force, divides his time between fostering greater grins and teaching at the University of Texas Dental School. Dr. Alejandro Cavazos, previously a science teacher, employs his extensive experience in implants and oral surgery to provide a high level of care for his patients. Together, they helm W Dental Group, realigning teeth with ClearCorrect orthodontics and replenishing smiles by implanting dental prostheses or pieces of corn soldered in gold.
During exams, W Dental Group's staff snaps candid shots of teeth with x-rays to better assess overall dental health and identify any existing issues, then stores the photos in an electronic database, alongside clinical photographs and impressions, for future visits. They also assuage anxiety with sedation dentistry, helping patients to relax with nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or stories about a very calm whale learning to read.
The office makes time for philanthropic pursuits—the team recently participated in San Antonio's Smiles for Hope, an annual event for families unable to afford dental care or insurance, and Dr. Watkins regularly travels to Central and South America to deliver dental care to those without access to it.
The life of David Lewis overlaps a great deal with that of his father, Robert. After graduating from dental school, both men joined the US Army Dental Corps, where they served soldiers with their knowledge of oral care. Robert established his practice in 1963 and then watched as his son followed his career path and eventually joined him in San Antonio. Today, they work together, bringing 70 years of combined experience to their cosmetic and dental treatments.
Though their pasts indicate a regard for tradition, both David and Robert continually update their education and techniques. The dental duo converts metal fillings into tooth-colored ones, brightens smiles with porcelain veneers, and often advocates for clear Invisalign aligners instead of wire braces or tiny etiquette coaches that tell teeth to stand up straight. Their proficiency in endodontic procedures such as root canals can save patients the trouble of finding a specialist, and they reward those who consistently schedule six-month checkups with free whitening kits.
Drs. Jose Brigman and Marco Ruiz of Emerald Crossing Family Dentistry would rather prevent than repair dental problems. That's why they conduct examinations with an intraoral camera. This small device snaps digital shots of teeth from all angles, allowing up-close views of decay that the naked eye would miss. When repairs are necessary, they use modern materials and techniques, such as tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain crowns, to restore the tooth's appearance and function. In addition, they offer cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.
Led by Dr. Sam Saltzman, Potranco Family Dental strives to keep cheek-dwelling pearls healthy and luminous with a bevy of services and flexible hours. The new-patient exam, x-rays, consultation, cleaning, and whistling tutorial with Dr. Saltzman take about 90 minutes to complete. Once the oral photo shoot is complete, a hygienist embarks on a search-and-destroy mission inside toothy caverns for plaque and tarter buildup. The cleaning does not include any treatments for periodontal issues or hot-pink Lite-Brite implants.