Smile Design Studios' Dr. Simone Ellis gravitated toward the field of dentistry after seeing her father lose his teeth while he was still in the prime of his life. After earning her doctorate in dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and gaining membership to professional organizations including the American Dental Association, she set about saving grins from premature departure at Smile Design Studios. She and her staff tend to teeth with dental services including deep cleanings, ClearCorrect invisible braces, porcelain veneers, and Zoom! in-office whitening treatments. Armed with advanced technology, they can help detect cavities with DiagnoDent, screen for oral cancer with VelScope, and read graffiti carved into molars using digital x-rays and snapshots from intraoral cameras. Massaging dental chairs and TVs populate each room of the spa-like office, where a running waterfall calms nerves and a plush reception area with a leather couch, artwork, and a flat-screen TV engages waiting patients.
After growing up in Indiana, Dr. Jessica Ransom performed oral surgeries at a non-profit dental center in Detroit, took an immersion-style Spanish course in Puebla, Mexico, and eventually settled in Texas. Nowadays, she performs oral surgeries and converses easily with Spanish- and English-speaking patients at her Houston clinic: Rocky Creek Dental Care. She and her team specialize in preventative care, administering cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments in order to keep teeth from fleeing to more promising mouths. They also finesse smiles with cosmetic treatments, which range from veneers to whitening. To ensures that each procedure employs the latest techniques and technology, Dr. Ransom regularly attends continuing education seminars.
Zen Massage’s friendly licensed therapists knead muscles back into doughy bliss with 80 minutes of connective strokes. Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of knead, stimulating circulation and reducing emotional and physical stress by melting tense muscles like the sun melts scoops of ice cream. Each massage is customized to patient preferences, so therapists can use light, medium, or firm pressure. Hot stones placed along stressed areas allow for the release of deeply buried tension, while aromatherapy uses blended essential oils to calm the senses. At the close of the massage, therapists wrap customers in hot towels, allowing the sultry heat to melt newly-plied muscles into non-hydrogenated muscle butter.
Normally a doctor doesn't want to make a patient cry, but sometimes it's a good thing. White Smiles Orthodontics' doctor said that one of his greatest successes was when a bride wept tears of joy upon seeing her improved smile before her wedding. The orthodontist tends to patients of all ages, fixing their smiles with a variety of services ranging from surgery to barely perceptible Invisalign, Clearguide, and ClearCorrect braces.
The office keeps patients comfortable during their visits with flat-screen TVs and Sonos music entertainment. It also offers patients Keurig drinks and bottled water.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: ceramic and metal braces
Brands Used: Clearguide and ClearCorrect
Dr. Mike Kesner has always had a knack for working with his hands. As a boy, he constantly built model vehicles. In college, his plans to become a medical doctor shifted to dentistry because it held more opportunity for the hands-on manipulation of small instruments and precision parts. In 1984, he established Made Ya Smile Dental, a place where he carefully extracts wisdom teeth, fills in spaces between teeth, and installs implants into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. He also specializes in Lumineers, and his practice’s five locations together make up one of biggest Lumineers providers in the country.
Although he and his team of dentists work in separate locations, each of their offices share a similar design and set of amenities. Visitors at any of the five locations marvel at the reception areas’ coffeehouse ambiance as they sit at a café table, sip coffee, and work on the movie script for Vampires vs. Martians: The Reddest Dawn. In the treatment rooms, patients drift off while listening to music on the provided headphones. Anxious patients relax with nitrous oxide or the sounds of the rainforest simulated by the staff.
At Prodental, Dr. Matt Tabrizi leads an experienced team in wielding the latest technology during general, restorative, or cosmetic services. When treating gums, the space-age office eschews blades for a dental laser that reduces bleeding and swelling while also uncovering teeth’s retail value by scanning their barcodes. Digital x-rays reveal the hidden happenings of teeth while using up to 90% less radiation than their forebears. Needle-free anesthesia reduces both pain and anxiety during procedures, and invisible Invisalign trays take the place of bulky metal braces to effectively straighten smiles. In addition to outfitting his office with advanced technology, Dr. Tabrizi stays up to date with industry’s latest techniques through continual education and membership in several regional and national dental associations.