The dentist and his staff remodel and realign unruly biters in a sleek office with leather seating, dark hardwood floors, and bright punches of red. Two flat-screen televisions in the kids' waiting area entertain moppets with video games and reruns of Larry King Live. Because the office strives to be eco-friendly, all records and x-rays live in a digital format, eschewing the wastefulness of paper files.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Orthodontists at the five participating locations are 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, will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths 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 $3,500 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. Learn more about the Invisalign procedure here.
Dr. Edwina Evangelista, a member of the American Dental Association, aligns and lightens clients' teeth. Using a series of ClearCorrect aligners, specialists straighten teeth gradually and covertly without resorting to archaic methods such as having clients chew on repurposed kindergarteners' rulers. First, doctors send impressions, photos, and x-rays to ClearCorrect, which then creates exact 3-D models of grills and maps out complete treatment plans before employing an arsenal of computers to create custom aligners. Patients wear their aligners all the time, except while eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and growling at bears. Periodic checkups throughout the process ensure that the process is proceeding smoothly.
Laughing youngsters huddle in a play area as adults sip warm lattes nearby and check their email at an Internet bar. Individually mounted TVs, heated pillows, and video-game rooms keep patients entertained and at ease in each of DFW Family Dentistry’s seven offices. Every office shares the same focus on patient comfort, and they stay open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for appointments before school, after work, or before nightly werewolf hunts. DFW Family Dentistry stands behind its dentists' work with a three-year warranty for issues such as chipped fillings.
Dr. John Rubin, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry, strives to make trips to the dentist as stress-free as possible, whether performing general checkups or dental-emergency care. To limit pain during procedures, he can administer oral and audio sedation, and also alleviates fears as a certified practitioner of sedation-sleep dentistry. His trained staff further comforts patients with amenities such as heated massage chairs, CDs and video, and long-lost teddy bears.
Dr. John E. Holmes and his skilled smile staff at Colonial Dental eschew the unsightly wires of traditional braces in favor of clear Invisalign technology to straighten out misguided mouth bones. For an average treatment time of 9–15 months, Invisalign wearers rotate through a series of clear aligner trays that, like a milk moustache on a ghost, remain virtually invisible. Dr. John first examines mouth bones during a consultation and takes x-rays to ensure overall chomper health and that patients are candidates for Invisalign. He then takes impressions to use in tandem with 3-D computer imaging technology and forges a set of aligners that slowly nudge teeth into more harmonious positions. Patients don each set of fang fixers for two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, and whistle. Every six weeks, patients return for a check-up to ensure everything is progressing as planned.
Dr. Brian Bishop grew up in Texas and around dentistry. As a second-generation dentist, he learned the science from both his father and Baylor College of Dentistry, where he earned his doctorate in 2006. Today, at Keller Family Dental, he and his team ensure the best care by remaining in step with modern dentistry, attending lectures and conferences and reading up on all the latest studies. He accomplishes general, cosmetic, and surgical dentistry procedures with a gentle approach, and he offers nitrous oxide or oral sedation to ease anxieties and foster relaxation in patients nervous about dental visits.