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 4 states up and down the coast. It's within Pro White Teeth Whitening's straightforward walk-up settings, that the Haynes have performed more than 700 treatments a week.
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.
Dr. Mujtaba Yahya is responsible for a lot of smiles you can see around Laurel. That’s because he and his associates at Access Dental Care use state-of-the-art technology to offer a wide range of dental and health services. Besides taking digital x-rays to detect cavities and other issues, they might rely on a miniature camera to view and photograph areas of concern in the mouth, or they might use the Cerec system to create ceramic dental restorations in one visit. They can even treat sleep apnea, a condition that, like giving a successful wedding toast, requires removing obstructions from the mouth.
Jodi Woodson, the office manager and voice of Crownsville Dental, answers each phone call with a warm greeting, often recognizing long-term patients before they state their names. Jodi is also who welcomes each arriving visitor into the office, where he or she is punctually whisked to a treatment room without having to wait or participate in a focus group regarding steak-flavored toothpaste. Resident dentist Dr. Erik N. Rabovsky applies his expertise to a range of preventive and cosmetic treatments, from routine cleanings and whitening to restorations and porcelain veneers. Mouths receive their makeovers in modern rooms with wave-patterned carpeting and slate-gray walls, where televisions entertain reclining patients with talk shows, soap operas, and other shocking programs designed drop jaws in time for flossing.
You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach a veteran dentist new techniques. In practice for more than 35 years, Dr. Glenn Cocoros replaces missing teeth with cutting edge crown technology––specifically ceramic Cerec one-visit crowns. These advanced crowns can be installed in a single appointment, unlike traditional crowns, which require multiple visits, and their hue blends in seamlessly with the natural teeth.
However, the scope of Dr. Cocoros' expertise extends beyond crowns. He also streamlines smiles with veneers, and brightens smiles with whitening treatments, rather than by strapping strobe lights to his patients' tongues. His general dentistry services, meanwhile, range from root canals to treatments for gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. But best of all, he and his staff truly excel at putting nervous patients at ease––so much so that they made their office motto, "We Cater to Cowards".
If it hadn’t been for her fascination with oral health, Dr. Aatifa Khan says she would have been a schoolteacher. Although she’s devoted herself to the full spectrum of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, her love of education lingers, which she demonstrates by instructing patients in everything from basic brushing to using natural, household ingredients such as honey, clove oil, and sea salt to alleviate gum pain. That holistic, eco-friendly approach pervades her practice, where she shuns metal amalgams for tooth-colored resin, uses organic products during many of her treatments, and maintains records digitally rather than by carving patient updates into trees.