After graduating from Northwestern University Dental School and serving a stint as a dentist in the Navy, Dr. Richard S. Ligon returned to his native Colorado to open his eponymous practice. There, he and his staff schedule an array of general and family dentistry services, including dentures, implants, and crowns, which Dr. Ligon can set in one visit instead of two. To entertain patients during their appointments, the office has installed TVs in the ceiling.
Using a combination of whitening gel and FDA-approved blue accelerating lights, the DaVinci teeth-whitening system can leave teeth an average of up to eight shades whiter. During office visits, clients apply the signature whitening solution?an organic plant- and mineral-based gel?to chompers. A specially designed LED laser light is used with the food-grade hydrogen peroxide gel to lift lingering stains. Once the tonal transformation is complete, patients may walk away with the graffiti of tobacco, wine, coffee, and age erased from their smiles. To continue the process, Davinci also produces a take-home personal whitening kit that includes 12 gel applications, an LED accelerator light, custom-fitted trays, and remineralizing and desensitizing gel to care for enamel.
Though she hails from southern Wisconsin, Dr. Seanna Mattison moved to Colorado about four years ago and has been improving the smiles of state residents ever since. Along with her team of dental hygienists, the doctor offers a full spectrum of dental services at her cozy private practice?from preventative care to cosmetic dentistry to oral surgery. On top of her dedication to serving residents of the Fort Collins community, Dr. Mattison volunteers her dental skills and makes regular trips to underserved areas of the world such as the Dominican Republic, Belize, and Candyland.
Retired Air Force Colonel Dr. Sheldon Omi has been practicing dentistry for two decades and counting. Nowadays, you can find him at Delicate Smiles Dental, a general dentistry practice for families. Because of that, Dr. Omi and his team's services include everything from routine cleanings for kids to dental implants for anyone who eats rocks.
The dentists at Boulder Dental Center, Littleton Dental, and Flatirons Dental Center, some of whom are faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, obviously care for their patients. They use digital x-rays, which administer less potentially harmful radiation, laughing gas to relax anxious patients, and a computer-controlled anesthetic-injection system for diminished discomfort.
But what sets the dentists at these two clinics apart is the fact that they also care about those other than their patients. The dentists have lent their skills to the less fortunate, volunteering for mission trips to rural Tennessee, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as a t the 2011 Colorado Mission of Mercy, a two-day event that provided free dental care to more than 1,300 people.
Dr. Terry Batliner and his son Payton founded Sage Dental Care with the simple mission of helping others, but not just in the way an observer might think. Not only do they relieve pain and prevent disease in their dental-care practice, but the father-son duo also donates a portion of their proceeds to a different charity each month. Along with Dr. Andrew Holecek, Dr. Batliner welcomes all clients to a free consultation prior to scheduling an appointment, during which patients can express concerns or see if the dentist finds any unwanted vampire fangs.