Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam— including x-rays, photos, and impressions of 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 an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $2,000–$8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
A native of Lubbock and an orthodontist for more than 25 years, Dr. Stephen J. Breaud follows in the footsteps of his father, whose own practice straightening local smiles lasted more than 40 years. For each patient, Dr. Breaud takes a hands-on approach, wielding traditional and Invisalign braces to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
Dr. Comer, who has helped perfect smiles since 1985, masterfully assists patients working toward their dental and cosmetic goals. Following a 30-minute in-office consultation and jitterbug competition, the Zoom! whitening treatment returns colorized chompers to their natural pearlescent state using a combination of hydrogen peroxide and a signature Zoom! lamp (a $500 value). The low-sensitivity procedure can improve bicuspids up to eight shades. Dr. Comer's skilled staff sweeps away discoloration in less than an hour, allowing oxygen to enter tooth enamel and joyfully whitewash over tiny graffiti left by late-night tooth-fairy parties. Afterward, a take-home kit (a $99 value) packs Flouridex toothpaste (a $22 value) and a Zoom! whitening pen (a $100 value) to help maintain results. Bicuspid-burnishers between the ages of 16 and 18 can undergo the treatment with parental consent.
Well-camouflaged cavities don’t stand a chance against the father-daughter team of Dr. Black and Dr. Ruiz, who rely on a combined 56 years of experience in their battle against oral degradation. A comprehensive dental exam reads the fortunes of smiles stained by tea leaves, and a course of digital x-rays examines gum-deep groundwork to ensure molar integrity. The complete exam includes an oral-cancer inspection, a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) exam, and a soft-tissue exam. The dentist will also invite gum disease to a special screening, during which an avant-garde film plays until harmful bacteria die of boredom.
Board-certified orthodontists and father and son team Drs. Anthony Harwell Jr. and Sr. fit custom-made Invisalign aligners around teeth to comfortably and inconspicuously straighten smiles through gradual shifts. The initial exam takes x-rays, pictures, and impressions of teeth, allowing doctors to blueprint a corrective pathway for rerouting misdirected pearly whites. The clear and removable moldings fit over chompers without metal wires or brackets, allowing mouths to drink pulpy smoothies and chew on an assortment of rawhide throughout the process. The treatment typically lasts between 6 and 15 months, expending 18–30 sets of aligners that are replaced every two weeks, and the cost typically ranges from $2,000 to $8,000.