The doctors at Alamo Smiles Dentistry understand that pain and dental offices seem forever linked. A large part of this perception, they note, comes from people’s fear of dental drills. Instead of relying on old-fashioned drills, the doctors there confront cavities with air abrasion tools designed to gently remove cavity debris without generating any of the high-pitched noises or heat of metal cutting tools. They back up this devotion to pain-free dentistry with a conservative approach, using thorough exams to track down decay and gum problems before they get a chance to hurt.
Drs. Dan Marcuse and Amruta Patel lead the team at Outreach for Smiles Family Dentistry, where the focus is on warding off tooth decay with patient education and regular checkups. But when treatments are in order, the staff is at the ready to fill in cavities or perform root-canal therapy. They also cater to busy kids through a mobile outreach program—Outreach for Smiles—in which the team travels to schools and community programs to dole out fluoride treatments and dental cleanings.
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 $2,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
Many dental practices claim to be family friendly, but Hernandez Dental Center takes that commitment a step farther than most. Run by the father-son team of Drs. Joe Hernandez and Joe Hernandez, Jr., the practice welcomes patients eager to tap into the pair’s 40 years of combined expertise. Whether they’re conducting dental checkups or executing complicated root canals or veneers, the dentists give each patient one-on-one attention in private treatment rooms. The office decor—from the floor-to-ceiling mural of a scenic lake in the waiting room to the wood-paneled hallway and treatment chairs whittled out of a single block of wood—evokes the great outdoors to ease pretreatment jitters.
Dr. Alejandro Martinez, the dental whiz behind Great White Dental, knows how important it is to be able to smile confidently. That's why he devotes himself to giving each patient a grin they'll be proud to show off. With a gentle touch and friendly manner, he performs regular cleanings, restorative work, and cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening or fang removal. Clients also benefit from the practice's advanced equipment, including a DentalVibe system that blocks the majority of pain during anesthetic injections.
Dentists Therese Singson Miranda and Olivia Bernal perform a combination of general, cosmetic, and restorative services to help their patients improve both the form and function of their teeth. Dental bridges and implants replace missing teeth, and natural-colored fillings help reverse decay while blending in with the rest of the tooth. When patients come to the clinic, they're welcomed into a waiting room?outfitted with plush leather furniture and a flat-screen TV?that feels more like home than a dentist's office. A play area helps children feel at ease before hopping into the dentist's chair, though that's considered the primary goal for all patients. Dental issues are not only prevented or treated, but all procedures are explained and all questions are answered as patients have their teeth examined.