Reston Center For Dentistry's Drs. Taimour Raja and Rabia Rafiq are so confident that you'll have little to no wait time at their boutique dental office that they've stocked the waiting room with only two chairs. That's not to imply that the waiting room is small. In fact, it's part of a spacious, loft-like space with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern decor, and a kids' area that comes with a bright-green table, stuffed animals, and invisible rocket ships. The waiting-room chairs are spaced apart by a pedestal table covered in magazines and sit atop a cream-colored shag carpet that lies underneath a candle-topped coffee table.
The dentists' dedication to modern times is present not only in the chic decor but also in their extensive arsenal of oral technology, including an intraoral camera. These tools come in handy as the dentists perform their extensive list of services, which range from children’s and family services to cosmetic treatments to sedation dentistry.
AMC Dental Spa's Dr. Ana María Cújar has designed a dental experience that prioritizes patient comfort. When guests see the soothing blue-toned walls, red and orange flowers, and shiny, futuristic black tile floors that resemble the discotheque of a spaceship, they might forget that they're there for services such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.
Dr. Cújar has been practicing general dentistry for two decades, utilizing extensive experience and a doctoral degree from El Bosque University, in Bogota, Colombia, where she was taught dentistry for more than 10 years. She has discussed the importance of regular dental care with Felipe Lagos of the Washington Hispanic newspaper.
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.
No matter where they are in the country, clients of Heartland Dental Care Affiliates are bound to find a dentist just as skilled as the one at home. That’s because more than 400 offices in 19 states are affiliated with the dental network, whose administrative support, guiding principles, and focus on continuing education ensure that their dentists will be talented wherever they work. The company also strives for community improvement—they’ve contributed more than $250,000 to such charities as the American Red Cross, The Oral Cancer Foundation, and the Smiles for Life campaign.
The doctors and staff at Gentle Dental Care & Orthodontic Care cover every corner of the dental spectrum with traditional preventive-care methods and a stable of high-tech apparatuses. The team's general tooth-healers keep smiles brightly beaming by purging plaque, tartar, and stowaway tooth fairies during regular cleanings, and exposing hidden cavities or gum disease with digital x-rays. Teeth in need of extra help can turn to the center's resident endodontist, periodontist, and orthodontist, all of whom specialize in restoring teeth with medical problems to a healthier state. During each appointment, dentists and their assistants consult with patients to ensure visitors go into treatment comfortable and familiar with their procedure. The offices of Gentle Dental Care & Orthodontic Care boast advanced equipment to enhance treatments such as tooth whitening, braces, and tooth implants, all of which stay safe and sterile with thorough sanitizing and bubble-wrap packaging.
When searching for a new dentist, patients prize a light touch almost as much as they do extensive training or whiz-bang technology. Fortunately, Tarek Mogharbel, DDS—who worked in District of Columbia General Hospital’s oral-surgery department and is a certified Invisalign and Lumineers practitioner—and his partner, Sun Park, DDS, both describe themselves as gentle people. This character trait translates to each of their cosmetic and family dentistry services. The doctors take special care no matter the procedure, whether it’s an exam for an anxious youngster, a teeth-whitening treatment for an adult, or a new set of porcelain veneers for a ventriloquist’s dummy locked in an eternal, unfeeling grin.
The ultramodern Arlington Center for Dentistry looks more like a spaceship than a dentist's office. Sliding glass doors give way to a private waiting room equipped with a flat-screen TV and bright-red leather couch. Beyond its translucent walls, massive pillars painted gold and bright green pepper the path to the reception desk, interspersed with more flat-screen TVs to entertain patients perched upon circular benches that look as though they might lift into the sky at any moment.
The smooth, corner-less aesthetic hints at the state-of-the-art treatments administered beyond the waiting room, where seven experienced doctors??among them dentists, oral surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, and pedondontists??strive to ensure a healthy, happy future for each smile. With an emphasis on creating lasting doctor/patient relationships, they gently guide mouths on custom treatment plans that can include everything from invisible braces to chip-covering Lumineers. Full-mouth and panoramic radiographs combine with comprehensive periodontal charting and bite analysis to pinpoint problems with precision, and model wax-ups of teeth present a mockup of how teeth will look after cosmetic treatments or if they fail to give up their candle-snacking habit.