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.

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

While many people look into tooth replacement options due to their aesthetic value, there are other, more medically beneficial reasons dental implantsfor filling in the gaps in your smile. Tooth replacements like dental bridges can fill in your gap, but not provide the same benefits as other options like dental implants. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. James Warner and Dr. Catherine Kotz at East Cooper Dental in Mount Pleasant, SC.

How can dental implants benefit my smile? 
Dental implants have several unique benefits that other tooth replacement options simply do not offer. Thanks to their design, dental implants lie within the bone underneath your missing tooth. Since the bone grows around the implant to hold it in place, the implant essentially becomes part of the bone, stimulating it in the same way as a healthy tooth’s root. This stimulation provides protection against bone atrophy, which occurs when a tooth’s root no longer lies within the bone and allows the bone to begin degrading over time. Additionally, implants’ design makes them non-removable, meaning that your replacement teeth will remain in your mouth at all times and never require you to remove them for cleaning or eating.

What can I expect from a dental implant procedure? 
Implants require several dental appointments and significant healing times. However, implants last a lifetime with the proper care. Your dentist will perform your implant procedure in two phases. The first phase will include a consultation, taking an impression of your mouth to use in the design process of your replacement teeth, and actually implanting the implant’s fixtures into your mouth. The second phase begins after several months of healing, which allows your implants to fully integrate into the bone. Then, your dentist places the replacement teeth, created in a dental laboratory, over the implants, completing the process.

Caring For Your Dental Implants in Mount Pleasant, SC
Caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Patients should commit to a serious at-home dental routine, brushing twice daily and flossing once. Those with dental implants should see their dentist the recommended twice yearly for examinations and cleanings to keep their implants and natural teeth free of decay and gum disease.

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

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Find out how these clear aligners will work to straighten your smile.invisalign

Are you a teen or adult who hates their smile but knows that they won’t wear traditional metal braces? Our Mt. Pleasant, SC, dentists - Dr. James Warner, Dr. Catherine Kotz and Dr. Courtney Michelson - know all too well that once you reach a certain age the idea of sporting braces is no longer the norm. In fact, it can be embarrassing sometimes. This is why we often recommend Invisalign.

Determining Your Candidacy

So many older teens and adults who no longer thought they were right for braces have been able to achieve the smile they’ve always hoped for with Invisalign. During your consultation, our Mt. Pleasant general dentists will sit down and discuss this treatment with you and talk to you about your goals. It’s important that we understand what you hope to accomplish through your orthodontic treatment so we can ensure that Invisalign is the best way to get the results you want.

Your Treatment Plan

No two person’s treatment plan is exactly the same. Our doctors will use a special digital scanner to create images of your teeth. These images will be placed onto a computer screen where our dentists will map out each exact movement that your teeth will take throughout the course of your treatment. You will even get to see how your teeth while shift (pretty neat, huh?)!

Your Aligners

Once your treatment is mapped out and the information has been sent to an Invisalign lab, we will get a series of custom aligners sent back to us. The number of aligners you will receive will depend on the severity of your dental problem(s). Each aligner is custom-crafted to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth, and is made from a thin clear plastic that people won’t be able to notice.

Each aligner should be worn around 20 to 22 hours out of the day in order to stay on track with your projected end-of-treatment timeline. Ideally, you should only remove your aligners before you eat or drink anything, or before brushing and flossing your teeth. If you have questions about how to clean or care for your aligners don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

Aligners are worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set in your treatment. During this time, you will come in every few weeks for follow-up appointments to make sure that your treatment is going according to plan and that your smile is healthy.

Are you ready to find out more about how Invisalign could help you? If so, then turn to the experts at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC, who are ready to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.





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