Recognizing that each mouth is as unique as an encrypted snowflake, the oral-health experts at Sonrisa Dental design their treatment plans accordingly. Skilled dentist Dr. Justin Barber—who served as a dentist in the US Air Force—leads the way. He treats patients of all ages and stripes, catering to mouths with everything from basic exams and cleanings to root canals. He also practices cosmetic dentistry, handling veneers and offering whitening treatments for patients seeking smiles bright enough to forgo helmet lights when spelunking.
Drs. Dan Marcuse and Amruta Patel lead the team at Outreach for Smiles Family Dentistry, where the focus is on warding off tooth decay with patient education and regular checkups. But when treatments are in order, the staff is at the ready to fill in cavities or perform root-canal therapy. They also cater to busy kids through a mobile outreach program—Outreach for Smiles—in which the team travels to schools and community programs to dole out fluoride treatments and dental cleanings.
Doctors Jose I. Alamo, Jr. and Luis Alfredo Gonzalez––Dr. A. and Dr. G., for short––have been colleagues for more than a decade. They both attended Boston University’s acclaimed Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine before deciding to return to Texas. Today, they join forces at Neo Dentistry, providing kids, teens, and adults with restorative and cosmetic dental services. In doing so, they conduct root canals, install porcelain veneers, snap digital x-rays, and sculpt custom mouth guards for playing sports and sleeping. But they also take care of the routine stuff, including regular dental check-ups, which are recommended every six months or 500 miles of carrots chewed.
At Helotes Family Dentistry, Dr. José Brigman wants to keep patients comfortable during treatments. When patients need a stronger distraction than the flat-screen TVs that are in every room, the staff provides electronic movie glasses and headphones during cleanings, fillings, and teeth-whitening treatments. The team also offers conscious sedation to especially anxious patients, which lets them stay alert and responsive while easing pretreatment jitters.
When it comes to looking your best, the team at I Heart Beauty Co. believe in taking the healthy route. That's why they use natural, organic ingredients in each of their services. DaVinici teeth-whitening treatments gently brighten grins using an organic, mineral-based gel, and Norvell airbrush-tanning solution bronzes the skin with a blend of plant-based DHA and vitamins. Those looking to shed pounds can wrap up in an Ultimate Body Applicator, a woven cloth enriched in botanical-based ingredients that may tighten and firm skin without forcing clients to roll around in a greenhouse all day.
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.