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.
In 2005, The Perfect Smile infiltrated area malls to provide shoppers with fast and convenient teeth-whitening options. The company’s signature service—a 30-minute in-office treatment—uses BleachBright gels and activation lights to brighten teeth or plastic vampire fangs three to six shades. Lined up at the retail counter, whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and take-home kits protect pearly whites against the looming danger of morning coffee or midmorning soy sauce.
The staff at Smiling Bright believes that there’s one accessory that looks good on everyone: a gleaming, white smile. Luckily, that happens to be the office's specialty. During procedures, trained technicians help clients swathe their smiles with dental trays full of peroxide-based whitening gel, which is then activated by an LED light. Though the solution contains at least 10 percent peroxide, it stays gentle thanks to a vitamin E coating that shields the lips and gums. Stains disappear from the tooth enamel in 20- to 60-minute sessions erasing all evidence of coffee drinking, wine sipping, and newsprint gnawing. Smiling Bright’s retail store also sells professional-quality X Cell Erator systems that can brighten teeth several shades at home.
The grin curators at Bleach Bright Smiles, armed with safe BleachBright gel, clear mouthpieces, and blue-light-emission LED lights, set out to whiten tooth collections by two to eight shades. Under a precisely calibrated glow, a carbamide peroxide solution attacks evidence of coffee, bilberry wine, and permanent markers that have scuffed dental façades over time. After about half an hour, you'll be ready to go home and illuminate the room with your smile during power outages and solar eclipses.
Dr. Cam-Tu Dalluge has been tending to the dental needs of Minnesotans for more than 10 years. These days, Cam-Tu makes up half of Northstar Dental Clinic?s doctoring team alongside Dr. Catalin Constantin. The duo?s extensive services range from basic checkups and deep cleanings to cosmetic treatments and root canals. Their Zoom Teeth Whitening leave smiles at their brightest, while their dental implants replace missing teeth more effectively than borrowing a tooth from beneath your cousin?s pillow. Regardless of the procedure, both doctors follow strict cleanliness guidelines that go above the average dental office, including using only distilled, bottled water.
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.