Dr. Howard Polansky and his staff understand the importance of traditional dental services. They regularly clean teeth to prevent decay and use digital x-rays to detect cavities that have already formed. But they also leave some room in their schedule for cutting-edge orthodontic procedures such as Ortho-Express, which straightens teeth in six months with tooth-colored brackets and wires. As if to further demonstrate their fondness for new technologies, Dr. Polansky and his team have outfitted their office with complimentary Wi-Fi. Patients can also request video glasses if they'd like to watch a movie during their appointment or pretend they're visiting a dentist from the future.
As an experienced and educationally decorated dentist, Dr. James L. Burk prowls mouths for problems lurking above and below surfaces. New patients can schedule a dental exam and submit their natural food processors to a full search of existing restorations, fillings, or crowns. Dr. Burk evaluates mouths with uncompromised thoroughness, peeking around gums and bones of surrounding teeth for glimpses of periodontal disease. In addition to an oral-cancer screening, a full set of diagnostic x-rays capture the inner glow of mouth pearls while searching for decay, tumors, Cheetos cysts, or bone loss.
Dr. Michael Caparas and his associates at each of the seven Metroplex Dental Care locations perform services using advanced technology, such as digital x-rays that release up to 90% less radiation and intraoral cameras. The doctors recommend a "sensible oral-health regimen," which includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and oral-cancer screenings. They help to repair existing maladies with restorative procedures such as root-canal therapy, and makeover smiles with veneers and whitening treatments. For sound sleep, the doctors fit apnea appliances and snore guards, ensuring that patients will no longer wake family members or lure a herd of migrating kazoos into the bedroom. Whatever the service, the doctors put patients at ease with their soothing chairside manner and variety of sedation options.
At Family Dentistry of South Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, dentists Jordan Von Seht and Michael Caparas aim to provide technologically advanced services in a welcoming, kid-friendly setting. Dr. Caparas has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education to bring the latest techniques to his patients, and Dr. Von Seht was a practicing physical therapy before deciding to pursue a career in dentistry.
Before appointments for smile-smoothing veneers, Zoom! whitening sessions, Six Month Smiles treatments, or Invisalign aligners, patients nosh on complimentary refreshments while children sit in the play area and discuss baby teeth as a passive income stream. In the treatment rooms—which are outfitted in soothing earth tones and colorful artwork—staffers put guests at ease with blankets, movies and video games, and wireless Internet.
When he took over Capital Area Dentistry in June 2012, Dr. Bhavesh Bhakta brought with him a guiding philosophy that stressed the importance of building patients’ trust. Under his leadership, the once-inconsistent practice was transformed into a friendly, stable environment in which to receive oral health care. Through every dental implant, composite filling, and cleaning, he and the staff comfort and educate patients by explaining each step of the treatment. They even succeed with especially anxious patients, putting them at ease with nitrous oxide or by beatboxing the sounds of the rainforest.
Gayla was sipping an organic iced coffee as she strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, contemplating her lifelong problem with stains. Whether spaghetti sauce on white shirts or the remnants of caffeinated drinks on teeth, stains bothered her deeply. Coffee. Stains. Teeth. That's when, walking by the White House?home to a Texan President at the time?she realized: everything's bigger in Texas, so why shouldn't that be true of their stains? She decided then to open an organic teeth-whitening spa in Austin. After her epiphany, Gayla gathered a team of beauty consultants, customer-service representatives, operations officers, and business consultants and opened My Texas Smile. She and her team pool their individual talents to brighten smiles for up to 12 months without using harsh chemicals.