Twenty-two dentists uphold Friendly Neighborhood Dental Center’s tooth-care empire, which fans out across eight North and South Carolina locations. Each of these mouth mages looks after the chompers of children and adults by providing hygienic, restorative, and cosmetic services. Regular exams detect plaque, decay, or hopelessly lost astronauts, and crowns, veneers, and fillings replace damaged spots with natural-looking alloys or amalgams. The dentists can recommend braces or Invisalign to straighten out rogue teeth, and the in-office or take-home whitening treatments turn smiles the shade of jeans laundered in whitewash.
Dr. Scott performs professional dental services in an environment that puts personal comforts at a premium. Brighten your bite bones between two and 10 shades with a session of Venus whitening, a 90-minute treatment that simulates the aesthetic effect of fitting each tooth with its own tiny wedding veil, without the expense of buying bridesmaid dresses for the tonsils and tongue. As patients enter Dr. Scott's tooth temple, they're bestowed with a bottle of water or a cup of coffee, which they can use for drinking or for washing their pets, and serenaded with satellite radio, which is piped throughout the entire office. Each visit also includes a complimentary spa-like hand treatment, as well as warming mitts to keep phalanges comfortably snuggled even when they're not being actively pampered.
Dr. Jeffrey Bayme, a longtime clinical instructor at MUSC's College of Dental Medicine and a staff member at Trident Regional Medical Center, employs his experience and accomplishments to practice medically precise aesthetic dentistry. Choose a 60-minute in-office whitening session where Dr. Bayme bastes choppers with a solution that bleaches teeth when exposed to high-intensity light, leaving mouth jewels bright and sparkly. Dental do-it-yourselfers can pick the take-home option, during which the doctor takes an impression of the patient's mouth to fashion custom whitening trays. Patients choosing this treatment also receive a home bleaching kit to brighten smiles or to restore white leisure suits to their 1970s luster.
Dr. James Meyer and his dedicated staff of technicians polish and align pearly whites with preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services. Calling on more than 20 years of experience and a stockpile of up-to-date implements, Dr. Meyer straightens wayward incisors with Invisalign braces and scours the mouth’s alleyways in search of vandalism before submitting the culprits to orthodontic re-education. Cavity-ridden molars achieve royal status with Sirona Cerec porcelain crowns, and jaws suffering from TMJ undergo treatment so that they can once again crack walnuts with ease. Technicians replace well-worn teeth with implants or dentures and employ Zoom, BriteSmile, or Venus teeth-whitening technology to illuminate pre-existing smiles.
Husband-and-wife dental team Drs. Jeanine and Jeffrey Gourdine—both South Carolina natives and graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina—hold the keys to a healthy, dazzling grin. At the helm of Smile Center of Knightsville, they enhance or entirely revamp smiles with an arsenal of advanced technology that includes digital imaging, laser dentistry, and intraoral cameras, enabling them to treat teeth to a wealth of general and cosmetic services. Before applying veneers or straightening teeth with clear braces, the dentists assess each patient’s oral health and explain the procedure. They’re also careful to explain what they’re doing during exams with children, helping each kid grasp the importance of fluoride and going over ways to clean teeth that don’t involve chewing a bar of soap before bed each night.