Dr. Al Burns and his family-friendly staff safeguard the bright smiles of children 18 and younger from tooth decay within a colorful, kid-centric office. During the approximately 40-minute visit, Dr. Burns scours young, impressionable teeth for troublesome potholes and plaque graffiti with the thoroughness of a pig Latin translator (a $60 value). While child chompers receive a meticulous prophylaxis cleaning (a $46–$70 value) and fluoride application (a $20 value), kids can watch cartoons on the televisions situated above each exam chair. A duo of bitewing x-rays (a $35 value) allows Dr. Burns to gaze deeper into teeth to find cavities, signs of decay, or misplaced Legos that may require additional services. At the end of the appointment, sprouts are sent home with a hygiene kit containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, brushing timer, and floss.
Recognizing that each mouth is as unique as an encrypted snowflake, the oral-health experts at Rivercrest Family Dental and Sonrisa Dental design their treatment plans accordingly. A duo of skilled dentists leads the way: Dr. Justin Barber—who served as a dentist in the US Air Force and helms Sonrisa as well as seeing patients at Rivercrest Family Dental—and Dr. William T. Lee Jr., who lavishes chompers with an expertise that comes from four decades of experience. The pair of dental experts treats gnashers of all ages and stripes, catering to mouths with everything from basic exams and cleanings to root canals. They also practice cosmetic dentistry, handling veneers and offering whitening treatments for patients seeking smiles bright enough to forgo helmet lights when spelunking.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching children a program of STEM?science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Children absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring children receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, children enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Four 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.
Doctors Jose I. Alamo, Jr. and Luis Alfredo Gonzalez––Dr. A. and Dr. G., for short––have been colleagues for more than a decade. They both attended Boston University’s acclaimed Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine before deciding to return to Texas. Today, they join forces at Neo Dentistry, providing kids, teens, and adults with restorative and cosmetic dental services. In doing so, they conduct root canals, install porcelain veneers, snap digital x-rays, and sculpt custom mouth guards for playing sports and sleeping. But they also take care of the routine stuff, including regular dental check-ups, which are recommended every six months or 500 miles of carrots chewed.
Family dentist Dr. Tom Watkins, who received his advanced training in dentistry while serving in the US Air Force, divides his time between fostering greater grins and teaching at the University of Texas Dental School. Dr. Alejandro Cavazos, previously a science teacher, employs his extensive experience in implants and oral surgery to provide a high level of care for his patients. Together, they helm W Dental Group, realigning teeth with ClearCorrect orthodontics and replenishing smiles by implanting dental prostheses or pieces of corn soldered in gold.
During exams, W Dental Group's staff snaps candid shots of teeth with x-rays to better assess overall dental health and identify any existing issues, then stores the photos in an electronic database, alongside clinical photographs and impressions, for future visits. They also assuage anxiety with sedation dentistry, helping patients to relax with nitrous oxide, IV sedation, or stories about a very calm whale learning to read.
The office makes time for philanthropic pursuits—the team recently participated in San Antonio's Smiles for Hope, an annual event for families unable to afford dental care or insurance, and Dr. Watkins regularly travels to Central and South America to deliver dental care to those without access to it.