Like glaciers and tectonic plates, teeth are slowly yet surely on the move as they attempt to turn their host’s mouth into frozen tundra and then rip it apart like a bite-size Pangaea. Defeat devious teeth with today’s Groupon: for $2,999, you get an Invisalign treatment at Bond Dental Studio in St. Charles (a $6,000 value).
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of the patient's mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Depending on the client’s teeth, as few as 12 or as many as 48 separate aligners will need to be worn and are only removed when eating, brushing, flossing, or modeling a finely clenched jaw. Clients will swap aligner sets every six to eight weeks during a period of 6–15 months before the straightening effect finally self-actuates in a sudden burst of pink smoke and slobber. Some patients may require a custom retainer to maintain mouths (up to $200, not included in this Groupon).
Bond Dental Studio
On a visit to her dentist for a regular checkup, Dr. Irena Hyvel looked around, figured she "would look good in a white lab coat," and decided to enroll in dental school. The rest, of course, is history: Dr. Hyvel graduated from and practiced in her native Ukraine before coming to the United States where she went back to school and received her dental license from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Today, Dr. Hyvel owns Bond Dental Studio, a general and cosmetic practice that she describes as "kind of like my first child." This dedication to dentistry is visible through her meticulous attention to detail with each patient.
A quick glance around the office supports this statement: the place has been meticulously designed and cared for, and resembles a spa more than a typical medical practice. Patients wait in buttery leather chairs while tapestries of fuchsia and green pop against silvery walls and lush ferns and flowers spill from vases. Beyond the slick marble reception desk and the candles flickering in pebble-filled trays, treatment rooms bear the practice's name in glossy letters that shine against matte black walls.
202 Kirk Rd.
St. Charles, Illinois 60174