Guests arriving at Sarasota Smile Design might forget that they are there for porcelain veneers, an implant, or a root canal. As clients walk into the lobby, a dental concierge brings them gourmet coffee or hot tea and homemade cookies or muffins. Even the heavy wooden coffee table and Baroque-style chairs create an ambiance that more closely resembles an Italian palazzo than a dental office.
Before any appointment with Dr. Jenifer Back?a dentist who divides her time between restoring smiles, publishing journal articles, and teaching functional cosmetic dentistry?patients can access the Internet in a private lounge or watch programming on the plasma-screen TV. To help ease patients' pretreatment jitters or shake loose spare change from their pockets, they can also sit in a soothing massage chair while music emanates from a surround-sound theater.
DaVinci White Smiles specializes in FDA-compliant teeth-whitening systems manufactured in the United States. Unlike whitening gels that are made from a mixture of paste and powdered donut residue, DaVinci's gels are forged from organic plant- and mineral-based ingredients, with food-grade hydrogen peroxide serving as the active catalyst. Made in fresh batches every week, the gels work together with LED whitening lights to demolish stains from teeth or composite materials, such as crowns or bridges, leaving choppers up to 14 shades whiter in just 20 minutes.
A woman reclines on soft upholstery as she gazes through a sun-soaked window at the glittering Hudson Bayou. Her favorite music wafts through the air as she adjusts her chair into a more comfortable position. She tilts her head back and opens her mouth wide for the trained hands of Dr. Kristina Russell. Ensconced within a vibrant, fully renovated cottage, My Smile Dentistry's four treatments rooms combine modern dental equipment with welcome amenities such as personalized music and flat-screen TVs. The board-certified dentist takes a gentle approach to bolstering oral health, performing services that range from root canals and dental implants to teeth whitening and veneers. The office's colorful walkway leads patients to a waiting area bedecked with everything one would find in a well-furnished living room—hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a mother inquiring about the state of patients' homework.
My Smile Dentistry is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Thomas A. Bowles, a dental surgeon with more than 10 years of experience, works with patrons to help accomplish aesthetic goals for gleaming smiles. During the first of two appointments, the team thoroughly examines oral features and delves into jaws with a digital x-ray that produces less radiation and secondhand show tunes than a traditional unit. An intraoral camera snaps internal images of the mouth, and patients can request their own copies of the toothsome portraits. In a second appointment, a specialist delves into the results of the previous examination and describes in detail possible cosmetic improvements such as porcelain veneers, crowns, and glow-in-the-dark molars, taking each client's unique facial features into account before making recommendations.
For owner Holly Sharpe, pampering clients is more than just making someone look good. "I love more than anything that I can turn someone's day around by helping them to relax and let go of the stresses of daily life..." she says. At Shore Rejuvenation Day Spa, she taps into this compassionate drive, as well as her extensive training, to perform a wide range of aesthetic services, including hydrating facials, seaweed wraps, waxing, and eyelash tinting. Even though she's created a soothing environment inside the spa, she also offers mobile services for clients.
Dr. Melvin Korattiyil, the dentist at the helm of Supreme Smiles of Sarasota, knows it's tough to see inside another person's mouth?let alone your own. That's why he's outfitted his office with an intraoral camera, which allows the patient and the dentist to view everything that's going on during procedures from previously impossible angles. It's just one of the ways he and his team incorporate modern technology into their dentistry practice. They also use digital X-rays as a diagnostic tool, perform streamlined root canals and, if the patient requests it, will shine a laser light on their teeth for no reason.