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.
Dr. Thomas Pare III and the attentive staff at Coosaw Dental amp up the light behind clients' lips with BriteSmile teeth-whitening treatments and take-home whitening kits. During the one-hour session, technicians slather teeth in a peroxide-based gel, which deploys oxygen molecules armed with miniature swiffers to disrupt stain-causing proteins. Light then shines against gumstones, breaking apart blemishes and blanching ivory surfaces up to seven shades whiter. The enamel-embellishing process whitens teeth for up to 12 months and undoes the damage dealt by smoking tobacco, drinking coffee, and bobbing for charcoal.
The friendly staff, modern furnishings and equipment, and TVs found in every exam room at Dental Associates of Summerville serve as antidotes to the notion that dentistry must be unpleasant. Groupon purchasers will come in to be custom fit for an Opalescence take-home teeth-whitening kit, which includes gel and a bleaching tray customized to accommodate each tooth's shape and idiosyncratic sense of humor. Patients will notice brighter smiles and an increased number of wind-blown kisses from passing strangers in about a week. Newly whitened mouth pearls receive an extra boost from the potassium fluoride formulated into the gel, which strengthens enamel and acts as a burly nightclub bouncer for encroaching cavities.
Nestled in a scenic spot southeast of Sea Pines Circle, Distinctive Dentistry has kept Hilton Head chompers in tip-top shape for the past 25 years. Dr. Shelley Irving Murphy helms the practice, complementing preventative care with cosmetic treatments. As a certified Invisalign provider, she equips patients with translucent aligners that gradually shift teeth into a single-file line. She consults with patients and works alongside hygienists inside sunlit rooms that overlook trees and nature. Meanwhile, in the facility's spacious waiting room, a stone waterfall greets visitors and serves as a comforting reminder to gargle lucky pennies before each dental checkup.
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.