By Dr. James Warner, DMD
March 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that most orthodontic patients are youngsters ages 12 to 15. However, more adults now invisalignchoose to straighten their teeth--both for health and aesthetic reasons. If you feel dissatisfied with your crooked smile, you could qualify for Invisalign treatment at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz understand that many patients desire a faster, more discreet way to straighten their smiles. Invisalign appliances deliver just that.

The Invisalign Way

It started back in the late nineties, and since then, the Invisalign system of clear acrylic aligners has straightened literally millions of smiles. Helping both older teens and adults, Invisalign clear aligners move teeth gently but effectively into better functioning, easier to clean and more attractive positions.

After a comprehensive exam and three-dimensional imaging, Dr. Warner or Dr. Kotz devise a personalized care plan with instructions specific to your smile issues. Then, the Invisalign lab custom-crafts 18 to 30 pairs of clear aligners which fit snugly over top and bottom teeth.

As you wear your aligners, you and your dentist will see your teeth change, but frankly, no one else will notice you're undergoing treatment. Thin and practically invisible, the aligners are easy to clean and are fully removable so you can eat, brush, and floss normally. The discomforts and "metal mouth" appearance common to conventional braces are unknown to Invisalign patients.

How long does it take in Mt. Pleasant?

Expect to wear your aligners throughout the day--20 to 22 hours. Compliance with this schedule ensures your treatment proceeds as planned.

Just remove your aligners as needed to eat, brush, and floss. Or, take them out for a special occasion, such as a job interview or baby shower. You'll switch to a new aligner pair every two weeks or so as your dentist directs during your monthly progress check at East Cooper Dental.

When you're done

While some patients require traditional braces for complex orthodontic problems, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues can use Invisalign. After completing treatment in an average of just one year, individuals typically wear retainers to keep their newly straightened smiles in perfect position.

Stop procrastinating

You can have the beautiful smile you've always wanted quickly, comfortably and discreetly. Invisalign clear aligners in Mt. Pleasant, SC can deliver it. For your examination and treatment consultation at East Cooper Dental, call the office team at (843) 388-9894.

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
January 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentists in Mt. Pleasant can improve your smiledental implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best long-term solution to replace them. When you replace teeth with dental implants, you will enjoy amazing results which can’t be matched by other tooth replacement options like bridges, partials, or dentures. Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC want to share the benefits of dental implants.

Missing teeth can cause problems with chewing ability, leading to digestive issues. You may even have stopped eating the foods you love. Thanks to dental implants, you can have full chewing function once again. Missing teeth also result in gaps in your smile, making your smile less attractive. You may even have stopped smiling because of embarrassment. Thanks to dental implants, you can have a beautiful, complete smile once again.

One of the main reasons why dental implants are the best long-term solution to tooth replacement is because of their aesthetic beauty. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. The dental implant crown is made of high-grade dental ceramic which reflects light. This translucent quality makes the dental implants virtually identical to natural teeth. Your new dental implants will never decay and they are stain resistant too, giving you a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

There are many other reasons why dental implants are the best long-term solution to replace missing teeth. Consider that dental implants are:

  • Convenient, because you never take them out
  • Healthy, because you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth
  • Stable, because they are firmly embedded in bone and become a permanent part of your smile
  • Successful, because dental implants boast a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

You deserve to find out for yourself why dental implants are the best long-term solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can improve your smile and your life so call Dr. Warner and Dr. Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC to get started today!

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Put down that whitening toothpaste and find out how cosmetic dentistry can get you a more radiant smile.teeth whitening

While you might not be able to live without that morning cup o’ Joe, we know that your teeth certainly could. If you are starting to notice that your smile has become rather lackluster thanks to the foods and drinks you’ve been consuming over the years, then it’s time you turned to our Mt. Pleasant, SC, cosmetic dentists Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz for professional teeth whitening.

In-Office Treatment

If you are dealing with some pretty intense or stubborn dental stains that are turning your beautiful smile yellow then you may find that whitening toothpastes, DIY whitening remedies and other at-home whitening kits just aren’t giving you the results you need. If this is happening to you, don’t fret. Our in-office whitening system will be able to turn your fading smile into something radiant.

The key lies in the amount of active ingredient found in the whitening gel. The gel we use has the strongest concentration of bleaching agents, which will offer faster and more visible results than the weaker whitening gels that are in your local drugstore. Plus, with our Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentist here to monitor your treatment you know that it’s completely safe. In just one session we could get your smile multiple shades whiter in about an hour.

At-Home Options

Of course, we also understand the convenience of being able to whiten your teeth from home without having to sit in the dentist’s chair or come into the office. If you are more interested in whitening on the go or you want to save a little money then perhaps our at-home whitening system might fit your needs a bit better. While you won’t get results right away (it will take a couple of weeks of consistent use to start seeing results), having the opportunity to whiten at home can be a major boon for someone who isn’t in a rush.

Don’t let a dull smile be the first thing that people notice. In-office teeth whitening could make your smile more vibrant and alive. Call East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC, today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
September 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you feel like the imperfections in your smile are taking it over, you could benefit from dental veneers. A veneer, which fits over the tooth veneersto give it a whole new look, can drastically change your smile or only subtly tweak it, depending on your preference. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mount Pleasant, SC.

What is a veneer? 
A dental veneer is a porcelain dental restoration which covers a tooth and its imperfections. Thanks to their design, veneers are durable, lasting many years before requiring maintenance or replacement. In addition to their durability, veneers’ porcelain materials are also stain resistant, staying bright and white for years to come. The veneer itself is a super-thin shell of porcelain which fits over the front of the tooth. The veneer masks any imperfections in the smile, often including:

  • chips
  • cracks
  • yellowed teeth
  • discolored or stained teeth
  • misshapen teeth

What can I expect during the procedure for veneers? 
Before placing the veneers, your dentist needs to first prepare the teeth to receive the restoration. This will include removing a small layer of enamel from the front of the teeth. This process makes veneers irreversible and permanent. Next, your dentist will take an impression of the mouth to send to a dental laboratory. The laboratory will customize and create each veneer based on the impression, ensuring a natural look and secure fit. This process takes about two weeks, meaning that you will need two separate dental appointments. Once your dentist receives your final restorations, your dentist will affix them directly onto the teeth.

Dental Veneers in Mount Pleasant, SC
Dental veneers will improve the look of your smile in just a few appointments. However, it is important to first consult with your dentist to understand the procedure, its results, and its process. A consultation will also ensure that veneers are your best treatment plan and that another cosmetic dental procedure would not better suit your condition.

For more information on veneers, please contact Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mount Pleasant, SC. Call 843-388-9894 to schedule your appointment with your East Cooper dentist today!

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Isn’t it time you considered what cosmetic dentistry could do for your appearance?cosmetic dentistry

Don’t you want to feel great about the way your smile looks? Of course, if you are dealing with stained, misshapen or chipped teeth then you may feel self-conscious about smiling in public. Don’t worry! Our Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentists Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz can help give you your dream smile.

What is the purpose of cosmetic dentistry?

While the overall goal of getting cosmetic dentistry is to improve or enhance the shape, color and overall appearance of your smile, this doesn’t mean that some of these treatments or restorations can’t also provide restorative benefits, as well. For example, dental veneers are meant to improve the look of your teeth but they may also strengthen them and prevent teeth from being worn down or damaged in the future.

Which cosmetic dentistry procedure or restoration is right for me?

To help you decide which treatment or treatments are ideal for you, you’ll want to come in for a one-on-one with us. We will examine your smile and chat with you about your treatment goals to make sure you are getting the results you want through cosmetic dentistry. Here is a little information regarding these popular treatment options available from our Mt. Pleasant, SC cosmetic dentists:

Dental Bonding

A tooth-colored resin is applied, molded and hardened to a tooth to cover small discolorations, chips, cracks and gaps between teeth without the need for anesthesia or invasive techniques.

Teeth or Gum Contouring

For teeth contouring, we will shave off trace amounts of enamel from your tooth to buff away very small chips, even out asymmetrical surfaces and to improve the shape of one or more teeth. Gums can also be contoured and reshaped to reduce the look of a “gummy smile”.

Teeth Whitening

If you want to say goodbye to yellowing stains and whitening toothpastes and commercial whitening kits aren’t strong enough, our professional whitening system can get your teeth several shades whiter in no time. If you want to get a whiter smile before a special occasion, in-office whitening will be your best option.

Porcelain Veneers

If chips, cracks, gaps between teeth or discolorations are too much for dental bonding to address then this might just be a job for dental veneers. These thin tooth-colored layers are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to improve the shade or shape of your smile.

Dental Implants

Are you missing one or more teeth? If you said “yes” and you want a restoration that will function just like a real tooth then turn to dental implants to replace your missing teeth for life. No other restoration is strong enough to last as long as an implant. Plus, no one will even know which tooth is an implant!

East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC, is ready to help you achieve the perfect smile. You owe it to yourself to have a confident smile. Call our office to schedule your cosmetic consultation with us.

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