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Best Teeth Whitening

  • Lavaan Dental Spa

    474 Sixth Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-837-1833

    Root canals, crown fittings, and anything involving drills are intentionally left off the menu at Drs. Jeffrey Rappaport and Michelle Katz’s sleek new dental practice. Rather, the ­focus is entirely on 30-minute express ­cleanings ($89) and Zoom teeth-­whitening sessions ($195 to $450). Unlike other antiseptically bland dentists’ offices, with their fluorescent lights and chirpy oldies music, the treatment rooms at Lavaan are spalike private suites, kitted out with serene lighting, flat-screen TVs, and noise-canceling headphones. Whitening sessions, in particular, are so relaxing, it’s not unheard of for patients to fall asleep. Walk-ins are welcome, and there is a small apothecary section selling Sonicare toothbrushes, wine wipes, and other must-haves for the orally obsessed.

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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