Lisa A. from Milwaukee, WI (Source: Yelp)
In the 2008 academy award winner for best documentary, “Man on Wire”, a film about the 1974 high wire crossing between the two World Trade Towers, Philippe Petit describes standing on the edge of one of the buildings, about to make the fateful decision to shift his weight from the building on to the wire. The camera pans over a photo taken from that historic day, showing the wire and the street over 1/4 of a mile below. Now, it is most likely this scene that will make viewers most fearful. A moment to cause your heart to skip a beat. But for each viewing I made (I have a copy so I’ve watched many times over the years), the truly terrifying moment always came a little earlier in the movie, when Philippe describes seeing an ad for the yet to be built towers for the first time, in a magazine, while waiting in a French… …..Dentist’s office. **Gulp** Sometimes I fast forwarded through this scene. I’m not sure what it was about going to the dentist that caused me such agitation. My dentists as a kid were always decent enough. I wore braces and a retainer and survived. But as the years went by, it became clear that the phrase “long in the tooth” might be an expression rooted (no pun intended) in reality. I had started to get quite self conscious about my teeth. Worse than all that, I realized I’d been friended on yelp by some people who were dentists! What would they think? They seemed like nice people….maybe I should bite the bullet (again, no pun only metaphor intended) and make an appointment. One thing lead to another and I found myself in need of one. I checked my insurance companies’ website and then cross referenced them with yelp reviews and voila! I found elmbrook family dentistry. They have massaging dentist chairs and flat screen tv’s on the ceiling. I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than five or so minutes in the waiting room, and they’ve been able to do early morning appointments. They’ve been very good about checking with my insurance to see how much they will pay and what will be my responsibility before the procedure. They offer a number of flavors for polishing (I choose bubble gum because I occasionally have the emotional maturity of a five year old, but I hear chocolate mint is very popular too.) Staff has always been very nice. My teeth after a cleaning looked notably whiter. Trust me on this one, though–most telling of all, for my shaking-in-my-boots self to give a dentist office five stars, this is saying a lot!