The friendly dental professionals at Carolina Smiles transform weatherworn choppers into twinkling tusks using the safe Zoom2! teeth-whitening system. During treatment, one of these seasoned technicians bastes your teeth with a pH-balanced hydrogen peroxide that is activated by a penetrative Zoom2! Light, gradually whitening tooth hues by up to eight shades and expunging any loitering stains. Because the procedure typically takes just an hour or less, this is an ideal treatment for busy clients who don't have the luxury of wearing trays in their mouths all day long, especially if they need to speak, eat, or unwrap intricate packages. Clients can expect long-lasting results if they take proper care of their teeth and do an occasional touchup routine at home, such as gargling with whitening mouthwash or melted white crayons.
Ladies spin around poles, dance on chairs, and roll on the floor during fun and flirty workout classes. Twelve stainless steel professional poles in the main dance room span from the sleek wood floor to the 10-foot ceiling, while a private instruction studio holds two more poles. The female-centric workouts serve to boost self-esteem while burning calories and toning bodies. The studio often hosts parties with a convenient on-site kitchen.
Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. Founded by Dr. Stephen Bolick, the team of vision specialists at the center help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they’re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers’ Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
Balance Through Movement's Pilates classes synchronize body and mind to maximize movement efficiency using a series of exercises tailored to stretch joints, tone muscles, and correct posture. Group equipment classes pair students with up to three like-minded workout buddies for 30- to 60-minute routines that utilize modernized exercise equipment to enhance the typical Pilates format. Traditionalists who refuse to be swayed by the good looks and tearful empathy of a mechanical trainer can opt instead for a 10-pack of one-hour mat sessions, open to students of all fitness levels, and held at nearby downtown dance studio Terpsichore. Check out the class schedule to reserve a coveted spot in the equipment class or drop in unannounced for the weekly meet up of mat-er-cizers.
At Hot Asana, more than a dozen instructors, most of whom are certified with Yoga Alliance, help unify minds and bodies with intense practice and disciplined techniques. Spiritual athletes can pick from a schedule of classes, some held within a room heated to more than 100 degrees, some designed for beginners, and some for seasoned backbenders. Start with a beginner foundation course, which focuses on the basics of hot yoga, including breathing techniques, standing and floor-series poses, and a gradual introduction to heat. The sweat-inducing environment allows for easier blood flow, looser muscles, and the ability to use your body as a slip 'n' slide. More advanced sessions, such as the 75-minute Aerial Yoga, which employs a fabric swing, or the 90-minute Fire Flow class, which employs the soothing calm of candlelight, help further yogic practice.