How can a smile be improved using 21st century techniques?
We live in a time when many dental treatment options are available. Dental services can do things like make teeth whiter; improve their shape, size and alignment; apply fillings to teeth that are decayed or injured; and replace a missing tooth.

More and more dentists are realizing the importance of aesthetics in dentistry. Because of this, cosmetic dentistry is become more widespread. Contact our office at 941-925-2225 to learn more and book a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes services whose purpose is to improve or restore the beauty of your smile. Cosmetic dental services are very individualized based on the patient’s specific needs and desires.

Is cosmetic dentistry safe?
The materials and procedures used in cosmetic dentistry have been tried, tested and approved for use. It is very important to inform us of your dental and medical history, including any medications that you take, so that we can provide you with the best care possible. Before performing a procedure, we will inform you of any possible risks and provide solutions for any side effects. We make every effort to ensure your comfort during treatment. Local anesthetic will be used as needed, and various sedation options are available to help you relax.

What are the advantages of cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry allows you to make an informed decision about what aesthetic treatment or treatments will improve the appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry can lead to improvements in several areas of your life, as you will have a smile that you can feel proud of. This added confidence can positively affect social interactions and job prospects, where first impressions really count.

What materials are used in cosmetic dentistry?
The materials used for cosmetic dentistry are very similar to those used in general dentistry. For instance, porcelain is often used for dental veneers and dental crowns. However, cosmetic dentistry often uses more durable, natural-looking materials on the teeth that are visible when you smile.

Are cosmetic dental treatments permanent?
How long a treatment will last varies based on the materials used and how well the patient cares for their smile. For instance, composite filling materials can last up to five years and dental implants can last as many as 30 years. Dr. Corey Warrenbrand will work with you to determine which type of cosmetic treatment is best.

What types of cosmetic dental treatments are there?
There are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments available. Gum contouring or reshaping can help those with a “gummy smile” reach a more aesthetic smile. Those with stained or discolored teeth may benefit from teeth whitening. For those with chipped or misshaped teeth, porcelain veneers may be a good choice. Tooth-colored dental crowns may also be an option.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
How much cosmetic treatments cost will depend on the individual’s needs and goals, the dental practice, the types of treatments chosen and what materials are used. If needed, we can provide you with payment plan options that can make your cosmetic dental plan more affordable.

What techniques are available to correct more severe issues?
Porcelain veneers, which are thin layers of porcelain, may be chosen to improve the appearance of small or misshapen teeth. Porcelain dental crowns may be recommended to replace the visible part of a tooth.

What is a smile analysis?
A smile analysis is the first step of improving your smile. The appearance and alignment of your smile will be examined, as well as your gums, jaws and facial features. Your functional needs will be determined by creating models of your teeth and records of how your jaws and teeth relate. We are committed to preserving or improving the function of your teeth while also improving your appearance. Dental health, function and appearance work together in harmony.

What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a procedure that uses oxygenating agents to lighten discolored or stained teeth. This procedure is most useful for teeth that are discolored from age, tobacco, food and drink, and other conditions.

At Warrenbrand Complete Dentistry, we offer both in-office and at-home whitening. Results are comparable for most cases. Many of our patients choose to be treated in our office for about an hour and a half instead of the one- to three-week treatment that at-home whitening requires.

Teeth whitening is safe. The effects of teeth whitening usually last for about four years. After this time, a touch-up may be necessary.

What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers, which are also called porcelain laminates, are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can be utilized to improve the shape and color of teeth. Veneers are very thin but very strong. Porcelain veneers are stronger and more durable than composite resin bonding material.

When a patient chooses dental veneers, eight to 10 upper teeth and six to eight lower teeth are generally treated. Our dentist in Sarasota, Florida, works with each patient to determine how many veneers are needed.

How are porcelain veneers placed?
Porcelain veneers are often used for several or all of the teeth. We will make a model of the patient’s teeth. The final look is created in wax using this model. The patient’s teeth are shaped during one visit, and during the second appointment, the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The length of time between appointments will vary depending on the needs of the patient. The patient will wear temporary veneers between visits so they can try out their new smile. During the second visit, any adjustments will be made with the final veneers as necessary.

How is a chipped or discolored front tooth restored?
Depending on the specific case, a dental veneer or dental bonding may be used.

What can be done for crooked, gapped or crowded teeth?
Orthodontists are dental professionals who specialize in correcting malocclusions, or bad bites. An orthodontist may recommend traditional braces or clear aligners to move the teeth into their ideal positions. This can improve the appearance, health and function of a smile.

How can damaged back teeth be repaired?
Back teeth that have decay or have suffered from an injury can be restored with a tooth-colored bonding material.

What if one or more teeth are missing?
Dental implants can replace both the root and visible portion of the tooth. The dental implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where it fuses with the bone. Then a porcelain restoration, like a crown or bridge is attached to the top of the implant.