Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Three different practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain ($325), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Dr. Farzam Tamami considers himself an artist who happens to have a dental degree. He grew up loving the baroque and classical music of Bach and Chopin and spent his formative years in Austria reproducing their works on the piano. This practice instilled in him an appreciation for design, aesthetics, and how beauty “works.” Later, after he moved to the United States and began to study biology, he transferred these artistic sensibilities to the mechanics of the mouth. After completing a one-year residency in Advanced Dentistry with specific emphasis on veneers, he has now been in practice for more than 12 years. He considers the mouth—in particular, the smile—to be the closest our bodies ever come to producing a natural work of art.
Dr. Tamami believes a smile should be white, symmetrical, and confident. He aims to help patients achieve these qualities with dental services that range from cosmetic whitening to veneers to full-mouth reconstruction. All these services take place in a massaging dental chair and inside an almost fully digital office that keeps paper out of landfills and inside the best pillows.
At Potomac Paddlesports, the first professional kayak school to be endorsed by the American Canoe Association, the team of American Canoe Association– and British Canoe Union–certified instructors patiently lead students through a methodical progression of flat-water paddling skills. The classes cover a variety of watersports, including whitewater rafting, river and sea kayaking, and standup paddling. The small-group classes are designed to keep students engaged, and longer trips down the Potomac challenge their skills with powerful rapids surrounded by lush scenery, interspersed with rare glimpses of bears putting on their bear suits. Outside of class, students can bond with fellow paddlers during weekly sushi meals and occasional movie nights. Further demonstrating their dedication to bodies of water, Potomac Paddlesports works to preserve the nation’s rivers, estuaries, and oceans, sharing this passion with its members through advocacy and donations to conservation programs.
Licensed physician Dr. Doreen Moreira works in tandem with primary-care practitioners to customize wellness plans for individual health needs. Dr. Doreen doles out advice on how to boost constitutions by crafting a personalized diet, losing weight, or finding exercises that build muscle instead of vestigial sand castles. The doctor's sage recommendations can craft arsenals of targeted vitamin supplements or educate clients on how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle with minimized exposure to environmental toxins. Patients of Dr. Doreen include individuals seeking greater holistic health, therapy to complement existing chronic-illness treatments, or final-exam help after skipping too many phys-ed classes.
Dr. Rachel Cohn of Wink Eyecare Boutique, winner of Bethesda Magazine's 2010 Best Place to Buy Eyeglasses award, leads a team of optical experts in enhancing natural beauty with brand name frames that house quality lenses. Bolstered by a knowledgeable staff and unfailing third-eye detectors, shoppers browse an expansive selection of designer eyeglass frames. Designer brands including Juicy Couture ($225) and Nike ($199) dress up visages, while independent names such as Intrigue ($219) frame faces with subtle styles. Tech-savvy staff crafts most lenses ($149+) at the in-house lab using advanced technology, sending clients out the door with an eagle's vision and a rabbit's ability to identify carrot soufflé from across the room.