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.
At Juban Dental Care, Dr. Michael Juban and a team of skilled technicians fortify smiles with preventive and cosmetic services. A doctoral graduate of the Dawson Center for the advancement of dentistry, Dr. Juban has the experience to handle complex, full-mouth restorative cases and employs the latest technology, such as digital x-rays and Opalescence or Zoom! teeth-whitening products. Visiting guests can abandon their stresses in the office's calm environment, marked by beige-colored walls, plush leather furniture, and paintings of saxophonists. As a dental expert cleans plaque or sets crowns, patients can watch the flat-panel television positioned above the treatment chair or stare through the window to awkwardly lock eyes with the tooth fairy hiding in the bushes.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Dr. Ammar Mekari comes to his practice well prepared. Advanced schooling has earned him expertise in root canals and dental implants, both of which he performs at Mekari Dental Studio. He was also front and center in a clinical research study regarding the removal of wisdom teeth and post-op dental pain, conducted by the Clinical Research Center in New Orleans. When not in surgery, Dr. Mekari examines teeth for signs of disease during routine checkups, and whitens healthy teeth with non-invasive bleaching formulas. He offers a number of treatment options to fix crooked teeth, including clear braces that straighten teeth in six months and a very strong giant who straightens teeth in six seconds.
Sure, the beauty pros at Vapeur Salon & Spa are pretty amazing when it comes to haircuts, facials, and other standard spa services. But they really shine when they're allowed to get creative, whether they're enhancing a Swedish massage with hot stones or a mani-pedi with soothing aromatherapy. Their creativity even extends to how the treatments are performed; the spa's rejuvenating peels, for example, include a take-home component to ensure long-lasting results. Choose an individual service or a package that bundles several treatments into a relaxing spa day. Certain packages cater to individuals, while others are tailored to fit the needs of couples or broker a truce between warring neighbors.
Carole Siegel-DeZarn first opted to get inked with permanent cosmetics as a way of simplifying her busy life as a mother. Her desire to share this beautification technique with others led her to become a certified instructor of SofTap permanent cosmetics and open Softouch Permanent Makeup & Laser Technologies. She and her staff enhance clients' appearances with lip color, eyeliner, and natural-looking eyebrows that don't wash off in the shower or streak when knife-fighting with onions. Laser technicians on the team banish unwanted body hair and tattoos with noninvasive treatments, or cause unsightly spider veins to fade from existence with Veinwave's high-frequency heat energy.