Dr. Mike Kesner has always had a knack for working with his hands. As a boy, he constantly built model vehicles. In college, his plans to become a medical doctor shifted to dentistry because it held more opportunity for the hands-on manipulation of small instruments and precision parts. In 1984, he established Made Ya Smile Dental, a place where he carefully extracts wisdom teeth, fills in spaces between teeth, and installs implants into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. He also specializes in Lumineers, and his practice?s ten locations together make up the number one Lumineers provider in the world.
Although he and his team of dentists work in separate locations, each of their offices share a similar design and set of amenities. Visitors at any of the ten locations marvel at the reception areas? coffeehouse ambiance as they sit at a caf? table, sip coffee, and work on the movie script for Vampires vs. Martians: The Reddest Dawn. In the treatment rooms, patients drift off while listening to music on the provided headphones. Anxious patients relax with nitrous oxide or the sounds of the rainforest simulated by the staff.
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.
The Mona Lisa isn’t just a portrait of timeless beauty, it’s also the product of a partnership between Mona Aldridge and Lisa Erwin. The licensed massage therapists and health advocates opened the Monalisa Wellness Center with the shared goal of helping their clients improve their overall well-being in many ways, creating a sanctuary that instills calmness as spa services are performed.
The privately located center—secluded and set back from the busy streets—offers massage, facials, body treatments, acupuncture, weight-loss treatments, and other services, including custom blends of services to meet individual needs. Expert aestheticians and therapists, some with 25 years of experience, help clients detoxify and feel cleansed through services such as gentle wraps infused with a mixture of aloe vera and herbs, or Microcurrent and LED light anti-aging treatments for lifting and contouring the face and body without surgery.
Housed within an office space that was originally built to be a house, BJ Myers Cosmetic & Family Dentistry fully embraces the cozy, inviting spirit of its homespun setting. Dr. William Myers, Jr. and his team of hygienists and clinical assistants do everything they can to put patients at ease. Seven of the practice's treatment rooms feature overhead televisions and noise-canceling headphones, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy music or a movie while the team examines and cares for their teeth.
Additionally, Dr. Myers hopes to reassure patients by using the latest advancements in dental technology as he and his staff perform preventive, cosmetic, and reconstructive procedures. Digital x-ray systems provide a clearer look at structural issues beneath the gum line, and the office's CEREC technology rapidly produces ceramic fixtures onsite, so the team can more effectively treat signs of damage in a single visit. This combination of advanced technology and compassionate care allows Dr. Myers to protect his patients' smiles by preventing the spread of decay or disease, using crowns, implants, onlays, fillings, or veneers to conceal signs of damage?or applying in-office teeth-whitening treatments to leave incisors and molars as stain-free as the hand towels in dish-detergent commercials.
Floss Dental's dentists and surgeons, many of whom are often featured on local TV stations, may specialize in preventative care, but they also beautify mouths with cosmetic- and reconstructive-surgery services, such as veneers, Invisalign, and dental implants. They harness panoramic x-rays to get a complete view of the teeth, and they broadcast these pictures on a TV, which helps them explain which treatments are necessary and to point out which tooth would look best with an inlaid diamond chip.
Floss Dental encourages patients to keep coming back by offering free Invisalign consultations and free Boost whitening once a year to those who maintain their regular cleanings. Flat-screen TVs and satellite radio entertain patients during their procedures, and sedation dentistry keeps them free from anxiety in a dream-like state.
The board-certified orthodontists at Smile Straight Orthodontics, including some who are bilingual in English and Spanish, work to perfect smiles with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. With an expert staff at the ready, they treat common issues with innovative tools such as Invisalign.