Like Batman, Dr. Dave Mlnarik has an arch nemesis. His Joker, however, is dental disease, which he combats through his shared practice, Shadow Ridge Dental. Thorough exams, his first line of defense, screen for oral cancer and gum disease, evaluate tooth decay, and assess existing dental work. The exams also complement regular cleanings, digital x-rays, and sealant, keeping patients’ teeth healthy more effectively than braces made of spinach.
Should disease strike, the dentist nips it in the bud with treatments ranging from root canals to tooth-colored fillings that blend seamlessly into smiles. He can also resolve more superficial issues, whitening teeth in-office and covering chips with veneers. A steady stream of continuing-education seminars lends each treatment a modern touch without forcing the doctor to administer dental work in the trunk of a hybrid.
Smiles marred by drinking coffee, tea, and wine or smoking brighten two to eight shades under the ministrations of Smile Labs of Boise, a center specializing in teeth whitening. There, patients paint their own smiles with Applia-Brush gel, a hydrogen peroxide-based formula that hydrates teeth more effectively than showering with an open mouth. Cold blue light from an LED lamp then activates the photosensitive gel, accelerating the whitening process so teeth can achieve the perfect snowy color in 15 minutes.
Led by the talents of Dr. Braasch and crew, Braasch Dentistry provides a full array of dental services to keep teeth in fine health, all in a chic, modern office environment. When enamel wears away and teeth fall prey to the staining agents of caffeine, tobacco, and vintage jerky, a BOOST teeth-whitening treatment can coat chompers with several new layers of chemically activated whiteness. The treatment, which lasts about 90 minutes, consists of a consultation with Dr. Braasch and a session with a highly trained staff member versed in BOOST's enamel-strengthening efficacy. Newly whitened mouth-bones can retain their unadulterated coloration for years, although every customer will experience different long-lasting results, much like everyone has their own interpretation of Harry Potter's final monologue about the importance of buying American-made power tools.
At Worthy Dental, Dr. Justin Jones has corralled a team of dental assistants and hygienists who fight tooth decay while keeping patient comfort at the forefront of every preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedure. Whether they're restoring smiles with implants, veneers, or in-office whitening treatments, Dr. Jones and his assistant Michele consult closely with patients to ensure they're feeling as comfortable as possible, going so far as to coo sweet lullabies or scat in whalesong if that's what it takes to keep nerves at ease. Resident hygienist Janet, meanwhile, handles all teeth-cleaning operations with computer-like precision, educating patients on proper dental hygiene as she scours her way from tooth to tooth to quickly eliminate dislodged plaque and yesterday's foodstuffs. Finally, receptionist Kathleen completes the cavity-fighting foursome, taking up post at the front desk to welcome visitors with a smile and help to create custom financial plans that fit their needs.
The sun shines year round within the beds and booths of the Tanning Zone, where tanning experts bestow skin with natural-looking bronze hues courtesy of UV or Mystic spray tans. To ensure that their Ultrabronz, Puretan, and Celsius 32 beds operate at optimal efficiency, they change the bulbs at half-life—just one example of their dedication to providing the best possible tanning experience. The Mystic spray-tan system is another; after guests step into a warm tanning booth, an airbrushed V.I.P. solution gilts their bodies from head to toe in under a minute. The staff’s focus on promoting healthy skin has compelled them to also offer red-light therapy, which may restore damaged skin, stimulate the growth of collagen, and cause fast-approaching cars to stop before impact.
Dr. Steven Kerns and the friendly staff at Lincoln Family Dental coax teeth into sleek, straight smiles using Invisalign technology, a safe, easy-to-manage alternative to braces. As an Invisalign preferred provider, Dr. Kerns develops customized tooth-alignment plans for each patient, then crafts transparent plastic aligners tailored to their pearly whites. When worn every day, the aligners gently shift overbites and underbites without wires or brackets. Unlike braces, the aligners are nearly invisible and may be removed to eat, brush, or practice birdcalls.