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.
Using a combination of whitening gel and FDA-approved blue accelerating lights, the DaVinci teeth-whitening system can leave teeth an average of up to eight shades whiter. During office visits, clients apply the signature whitening solution?an organic plant- and mineral-based gel?to chompers. A specially designed LED laser light is used with the food-grade hydrogen peroxide gel to lift lingering stains. Once the tonal transformation is complete, patients may walk away with the graffiti of tobacco, wine, coffee, and age erased from their smiles. To continue the process, Davinci also produces a take-home personal whitening kit that includes 12 gel applications, an LED accelerator light, custom-fitted trays, and remineralizing and desensitizing gel to care for enamel.
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.
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.