Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Four practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain ($325), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Doctors Jose I. Alamo, Jr. and Luis Alfredo Gonzalez––Dr. A. and Dr. G., for short––have been colleagues for more than a decade. They both attended Boston University’s acclaimed Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine before deciding to return to Texas. Today, they join forces at Neo Dentistry, providing kids, teens, and adults with restorative and cosmetic dental services. In doing so, they conduct root canals, install porcelain veneers, snap digital x-rays, and sculpt custom mouth guards for playing sports and sleeping. But they also take care of the routine stuff, including regular dental check-ups, which are recommended every six months or 500 miles of carrots chewed.
Like the juxtaposition of its building's militaristic past as a World War I airplane hangar with the cheery lime-colored walls and babbling fountains of its current renovated state, Urban Laser Spa pairs two seemingly disparate elements. Its staff members not only provide preventative dental care, but they also focus on clients' appearances with medical, spa-quality skin services. Masterminded by partners Dr. Amy Urban and Dr. Raymond Paxton, the spa's common area helps harmonize its two branches of service with a miniature zen garden, local art, and flickering candles. In the dentistry wing, Dr. Urban performs thorough preventative examinations, cleanings, and whitening services in treatment areas flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and the soothing white noise of tooth-brushing soundtracks. Dr. Paxton's certified aestheticians perform detailed skin analyses before moving onto their treatments, which can include noninvasive laser therapy, microdermabrasion, and line-smoothing injections.
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.
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.
Floss Dental's dentists and surgeons, many of whom are often featured on local TV stations, may specialize in preventative care, but they also beautify mouths with cosmetic- and reconstructive-surgery services, such as veneers, Invisalign, and dental implants. They harness panoramic x-rays to get a complete view of the teeth, and they broadcast these pictures on a TV, which helps them explain which treatments are necessary and to point out which tooth would look best with an inlaid diamond chip.
Floss Dental encourages patients to keep coming back by offering free Invisalign consultations and free Boost whitening once a year to those who maintain their regular cleanings. Flat-screen TVs and satellite radio entertain patients during their procedures, and sedation dentistry keeps them free from anxiety in a dream-like state.