Fewer than 400 dentists around the world can currently claim accredited membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, but Dr. Dennis Lichorwic is determined to add one to their ranks. In the process, he's submitted to a multiyear system of peer review that includes written and oral exams and in-depth clinical case studies that are scrutinized by the members of the Academy.
This passion for continual education has helped make his practice the nine-time winner of Emerald Coast Magazine's Best Dental Practice award. Along with his partner Dr. Julia Sprang and their friendly staff of hygienists and dental assistants, Lichowic keeps up with new technologies to treat patients with popular new procedures such as Invisalign teeth-straightening treatments and ultra-quick Zoom! whitening.
Meanwhile, patients say aah in a pair of offices whose waiting areas, despite their stately exteriors, evoke nothing so much as a posh family room. Carafes of coffee sit atop a coffee bar in the waiting room, a flat-screen TV hangs over a fireplace that sucks pre-appointment anxieties from the air, and wooden floors lessen the institutional feel of treatment rooms.
Dr. M. Scott Runnels transforms crooked chompers into impeccable ivories using advanced technology and tailor-fit orthodontia. First, Dr. Runnels will implement an initial exam of your mouth, taking x-rays for his digital scrapbook and a set of impressions to create the aligners, which are virtually invisible, like a turtle's aura. If you decide to go through with the total Invisalign treatment (a typical treatment runs from $5,050–$5,950), you will also receive $1,000 off. During the process, each set of cog covers is worn for two weeks, designed to gradually shift walnut crackers until they reach white-picket-fence status. Unlike incisors, the aligners can be easily removed to eat, drink, brush, and chew floss. Although each patient's case differs, a full Invisalign treatment typically last about 12 months, or the gestation period of a sea lion.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Six 15-minute treatments. (2 visits)
Brands Used: Smile Labs
Pro Tip: This groupon is for six 15-minute sessions. You will need two visits to complete all six sessions.
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For $79, you get a dental exam, x-rays, panoramic x-rays, teeth cleaning, and a fluoride treatment (a $330 value). For $89, you get a dental exam, x-rays, and in-office teeth whitening (a $440 value). For $109, you get an orthodontic evaluation, x-rays, and impressions (a $368 value), plus $1,000 off orthodontic procedures.
Dr. A. E. Miller’s path to Summit Dental was anything but direct. After manning a solo practice for 10 years, Dr. Miller sold it and moved to Hana, Maui, where he administered nonprofit dental services. When he returned to Pensacola, he continued to perform nonprofit dental services while also designing coursework and intricate hedge mazes for dental students at the University of Florida.
Soon after, he opened Summit Dental, reestablishing himself in private practice and employing his expertise in family and cosmetic dentistry. He and his experienced staff dedicate themselves to helping patients gain self-confidence with a smile-makeover approach, which seeks to optimize the natural beauty of each patient’s smile.