Once clients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair, the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for takeoff, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.
This annual expectation-annihilating musical pastiche put on by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance mashes up musical styles, forms, and mediums without the interruption of applause. Described by the Ann Arbor Observer as "a seamless chain of musical ecstasy," the Collage Concert features the school's best ensembles and individual musicians performing juxtapositions of genres and styles, meaning one could hear jazz blend into madrigals, string quartets following gamelan, and classical Beethoven after selections from Beethoven's collaboration with Billy Joel. Founded in 1880, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance cultivates professional performers in a talent garden consistently ranked as one of the country's best.
Dr. Bagchi and her staff of trained teeth technicians transform their patients' mouths into hygienic havens using state-of-the-art dental techniques in a welcoming, family-friendly setting. Advanced Dental Group's teeth gurus will scour the patient's pie-hole in search of signs of oral distress, such as gum disease, cancer, and squatting tooth fairies. Then, digital x-rays with a low radiation output will capture glamour shots of the teeth to test for cavities or other structural damage. Finally, the patient's choppers will be scrubbed down, and plaque and grime will be banished into oral exile. The patient will also receive a whitening kit that will brighten the shade of their gnashers, returning them to pearly white status, as well as a complimentary box of tiny spit cups in order to start a sea monkey farm.
As a child, Dr. Moufida Khalife was the only kid in her class who brought a toothbrush to school. "I was fascinated by the smile," she says, "I brushed my teeth like crazy!" Naturally, Dr. Khalife was drawn to the world of dentistry as she grew up, and she opened Select Dental Group in 2008.
The staff members at Select Dental Group aim to quash any anxieties patients may have about dentistry at the door. The office's warm, red-toned decor evokes the atmosphere of a lush hotel rather than a medical office, and the reception room welcomes patients to help themselves to hot tea, coffee, or healthy snacks such as fruit and toothpaste. Within the treatment rooms, clients can zone out while watching satellite television or listening to music or they can submit their digits to a softening paraffin dip. The all-digital office allows technicians to review x-ray results on in-room screens, and then quickly return to whittling away plaque and tartar with an electric hand piece.
While Dr. Khalife's first love is cosmetic dental enhancements such as porcelain veneers, whitening, and implants, she and her team also overhaul teeth with restorative procedures that range from simple cleanings to the treatment of periodontal disease.
For more than 15 years, Lifetime Dental Group's team of dentists has worked to keep children's and adults' teeth strong, healthy, and gleaming white. The staff performs restorative treatments that range from cavity fillings to root canals and beautify smiles with near-invisible Clear Correct braces, Zoom! teeth-whitening, and other cosmetic treatments. Throughout appointments, the dentists utilize advanced technologies including digital x-rays, which produce up to 90% less radiation and yield clearer images than traditional x-rays, and E4D technology, which allows for the creation of precisely fitted crowns in as little as one day.
Fortifying toothy defenses for nearly 50 years, the professional team of doctors at Livonia Dental group strengthens gums and chompers with general-dentistry services. Before a thorough examination, a professional hygienist cleans teeth to remove plaque and buildup before taking a set of digital x-rays. Fast and precise, the technique can reduce radiation exposure by up to 90% over conventional x-rays, reducing the chance of spawning tooth-powered supervillains and allowing doctors to instantly enlarge the images to review with patients. Renovated and modernized in 2002, the facility keeps patients occupied with individual audio-video entertainment, and the staff pursues continuing education on new technology and techniques taught by famous canines.