Twin Cities native Dr. Wallace Lunden continued his dental education after graduating as a DDS from the University of Minnesota, and he actively participates in dental organizations like the Academy for the Study of Dental Occlusion, the American Dental Society, and the Minnesota Dental Society. He tends to teeth with a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. In addition to preventing cavities with cleanings, the doctor specializes in keeping evidence of dental work a secret. He spruces up smiles with porcelain veneers, fits teeth with natural-looking ceramic crowns, and replaces conspicuous metal amalgam with tooth-colored composite material. He also applies Invisalign and ClearCorrect braces that stay out of sight like teenagers at family functions as they guide teeth toward healthier positions. Dr. Lunden runs a family practice, and he loves kids; he himself has four children, four grandchildren, and a wife who teaches kindergarten.
Intense pulsed light. Ultrasound. Salicylic acid. These aren’t just terms you’d find in a science textbook; they’re also elements that SkinOvation MedSpa’s licensed aestheticians use to bring out skin’s beauty. With waves of intense pulsed light, for instance, they can permanently eradicate unwanted hair on the face, bikini line, or underarms, or gradually diminish signs of aging during photofacials. They also restore youthfulness to skin with salicylic, lactic, or glycolic chemical peels, or wield a microdermabrasion wand to buff away dead cells and notes-to-self scrawled on your forehead. The center’s multifunctional ultrasonic treatment speeds up blood circulation and stimulates the nerve system, resulting in improved skin texture and color.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 2006, Dr. Max Barsky didn't rest on his laurels. Instead, he extended his education by five years, taking post-graduate courses in aesthetic dentistry. That extra training gave him insight that now helps many of his patients, including knowledge of how the appearance of teeth relates to the overall shape of the face. That's just one of the extra ways Dr. Barksy attends to his patients and is always part of his thinking when he's performing checkups, installing implants, fitting braces, and figuring out who took a bite of his sandwich.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The blue LED lights shining throughout Bright Smile Teeth Whitening’s office glow with purpose—to activate and oxidize the system’s specially formulated whitening gel. In just 30 minutes, this duo tag-teams the stains that result from using tobacco, drinking coffee, or mistaking a quill for a toothpick, lightening teeth up to six shades. Bright Smile also downsizes its system to make it feasible for at-home shading, even providing a compact blue light that fits snugly in mouths.
The Dental Emergency Room's team of doctors and dental assistants foster a gentle, stress-free environment in their state-of-the-art office. While always happy to help with emergency care, the team advocates regular exams to catch dental problems while they remain small and treatable. When aesthetic reconstruction is in order, they bolster smiles with services such as dental crowns, bridges, and implants. The staff further spoils their patients with seven-day-a-week appointment times and extended evening hours Monday–Thursday, ideal for busy professionals and vampires with toothaches.