Dr. Gary L. Griffin and his team follow a philosophy of treating each patient as an individual, so much so that they refer to each patient as their guest. Dr. Griffin’s office schedules only one appointment at a time, giving each guest a heaping dose of undivided attention and virtually eliminating long wait times and attempts to break the land speed record for thumb twiddling. Once inside the sunny yellow treatment room, guests can relax in the thickly cushioned office chair amid an arsenal of up-to-date equipment such as laser dental technology and a flat-screen TV. During initial appointments, Dr. Griffin looks deeply into medical histories and works with guests to develop custom treatment plans to fit their needs and expectations.
At Advanced Dental Center, dentist Rachel Talis and her team keep smiles healthy and beautiful. Dr. Talis graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and went on to complete advanced training in areas such as cosmetic dentistry, advanced restorative options, and the treatment of gum disease. She also performs Boost teeth-whitening sessions that erase stains from smoking, drinking coffee, or mistaking a fountain pen for black licorice.
As Forest Springs Family Dental enters its second decade of life, Dr. Misty Waldeck-Griffin continues to build the clinic's legacy amid the columns and arches of a neoclassical office. Curving granite countertops and tiled glass walls cultivate the openness of a Roman forum, and wooden floors ground the office in the 21st century. Tucked away in treatment rooms, massaging dental chairs hum as Dr. Waldeck-Griffin walks patients through services from digital x-rays to teeth whitening and wireless braces.
Sporting more than 35 years of mouth-makeover experience, Dr. S. Gregory Benanti and his skilled staff at Family Dental Associates revamp worn, misshapen, or chipped teeth with custom-made porcelain veneers. During the first of three appointments, patients’ bodies melt into soft pillows and blankets in 1 of 13 state-of-the-art treatment rooms as the doctor examines oral areas, takes x-rays, and tailors a treatment plan to meet client needs and Tooth Fairy tax codes. At the next visit, doctors prep teeth for their porcelain outerwear by shaving off a thin layer of enamel before fitting smile fences with temporary overlays. During the patient’s third visit, staff members adjust custom teeth shields for size and color and cement them in place, bonding permanent veneers to teeth as tightly as close siblings constructed from Legos.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer technology and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for a series of clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays and photos of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of Invisalign treatment varies for each patient (estimated around $5,900), and this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Once clients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair, the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for takeoff, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.