The best dental procedures improve teeth without making themselves noticed. At Smile of Decatur, Dr. Mauzard Benjamin sticks to that philosophy by making sure evidence of his treatments stays virtually invisible. Instead of using metal amalgams to fill cavities, for example, he uses tooth-colored composite resins. Instead of metal bracket braces, he straightens adult teeth with Invisalign clear braces, which are as difficult to spot as a gecko when you need a gecko to help move your couch.
Broadening her dental skills is a never-ending mission for Dr. J. Kaur of Diamond Dental. Upon graduating from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University, she started out in private practice, but soon felt the urge to learn even more about her profession. This ever-increasing drive led her to attain board certification in general dentistry and eventually to earn memberships in such professional groups as the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the Hinman Dental Society. Today, Dr. Kaur continues her education by enrolling in courses every year to study the latest advances in oral treatment, emerging dental technologies, and techniques to provide excellent care to patients.
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops that brighten smiles in 20 minutes, and since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles in 6 locations across 5 states.
Armed with Beaming White, an FDA-approved teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers with an applicator pen. Cheek retractors expose the teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-5 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
Representing the third generation in a local family of dentists, Dr. Cary Goldstein opened his eponymous dental clinic in 1995 to culminate what is now 75 years of dental care under the Goldstein name. Dr. Goldstein and his team of dentists and hygienists address a full spectrum of tooth-related complaints, brushing and flossing patients' mouths free of tartar and tartar sauce during cleanings, keeping smiles pearly with a variety of over-the-counter or in-office whitening treatments, or restoring order to undulating toothscapes with clear braces and dental implants. He also ensures new patients receive thorough initial exams and x-rays, allowing him to keep tabs on their dental improvement over subsequent visits.
Smile Bright Teeth Whitening’s patented in-home and office-based procedures brighten smiles by removing stains, rather than tricking neighbor kids to paint rows of teeth with a coat of whitewash. During simple 40-minute self-administered treatments or one-hour office visits, a specially formulated peroxide gel combined with LED rays break down stubborn discolorations on tooth surfaces, front to back. After reaching their desired shade, patients keep up their newfound dental sparkle with occasional whitening sessions scheduled once or twice a month. Many customers notice dramatic improvements after only one treatment and additional gel refills are available for purchase through the Smile Bright website.
Seeking to provide customers the speedy brilliance of its name, White Lightning Smiles supplies teeth-whitening pens designed for at-home application. With a 20% hydrogen-peroxide formula, the company boasts an advantage over other pens, which typically use a concentration between 2% and 6%. Users brush the pen's tip—which contains about 30 applications or a month's supply—against their teeth after brushing and flossing, at which point the solution takes to polishing and scaring away stains in a 15-minute session.