Though steel teeth may be less likely to develop cavities, they make airport-security lines and magnet eating nearly impossible to enjoy. Nurture the grill you were given with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a dental package from Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, DDS (a $716 total value). The package includes:
- A complete exam (a $92 value)
- X-rays (a $74 value)
- A Zoom! laser whitening treatment (a $550 value)
With more than 20 years of dental experience under his belt, Dr. Ricardo Hernandez maintains chomper health with up-to-date techniques and an emphasis on preventative care. During the examination, Dr. Ricardo sleuths through pie portals looking for signs of decay, gum disease, and gum raves. X-rays further expose vast oral underworlds, revealing such undetectable concerns as poor root positioning, tumors, and bone loss. Mouths found clear of periodontal disease then brighten up with a Zoom! whitening treatment. During the one-hour treatment, teeth don daubs of professional-strength whitening gel before a special laser light activates the gel’s molecules to safely penetrate enamel and coax out stains caused from coffee, wine, and bobbing for charcoal briquettes.
Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, DDS
A trip to Dr. Ricardo Hernandez's office is a little like walking into the living room of a friend—albeit a friend who happens to be a dentist with more than two decades of experience. When patients arrive, they pick up a drink from the refreshment center. When they're called into the treatment room, they lie back and tune into a ceiling-mounted plasma TV and built-in headphones. Meanwhile, the chair's massage function blocks out any lingering reminders of the preventive or cosmetic treatment to come. Those treatments tend to be over swiftly, in any event: whitening sessions take just one hour, and tools such as digital x-rays and a cavity-finding device make routine exams quicker and more accurate.
Even kids look forward to a trip to Dr. Hernandez's dental practice—he's so focused on making them feel at ease that he wrote a children's book about visiting the dentist. On the companion CD, Captain Oral and the Toothbugs sing original songs about dentistry, rather than familiar old tunes such as "The Bicuspid Is Connected to the Jawbone."