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.
With more than 29 years of combined experience, Drs. John M. Borchers and Michael T. Mckee care for teeth the way a kindergarten teacher cares for her class. Though they won’t teach incisors how to add or properly enunciate the pledge of allegiance, the doctors do ensure that each member of the group lives in harmony with its neighbor, maintains straight posture, and remains present and accounted for at all times. To accomplish this, Drs. Borchers and Mckee administer meticulous examinations that inspect each tooth for signs of decay and crookedness. And when teeth have gone missing altogether, dental implants can serve as permanent seat fillers, dutifully chewing on any urgently overdue homework.
Helmed by Dr. Claudia Moricz and Dr. Karen Varone, the staff at Orthodontists of Lakewood Ranch & Sarasota straightens crooked chompers with the help of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
The Smile Centre has been caring for teeth for more than 25 years, but that doesn't mean it's approach to dentistry is old fashioned. Across multiple locations, the team?led by Dr. Stanley, Dr. Swartz, Dr. Rife, Dr. Evans and Dr. Goodwin, hold hours upon hours of training and continuing education courses every year in order to stay abreast of the latest dental techniques and technologies. This extensive training allows the professionals at The Smile Centre to handle all sorts of dental concerns, from root canals, crowns, and bridges, to treatment for disorders such as T.M.J., periodontal disease and sleep apnea. As for cosmetic dentistry, the doctors offer teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, along with teeth-straightening Invisalign retainers. And, they even specialize in creating custom mouth-guards for athletes who participate in contact sports such as football or extreme thumb wrestling.
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.
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.