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.

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your cosmetic dentists in Mt. Pleasant want you to knowdental bonding

Are you embarrassed by your smile? Do your teeth have cracks, defects and chips? Are you afraid people notice your bad teeth and not your beautiful smile? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to discover dental bonding. Your cosmetic dentists at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC, want to tell you about how dental bonding can help your smile.

Dental bonding is the modern way to enhance your smile. Bonding treatment is easy, painless, quick and inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. You should consider dental bonding if you have teeth that are:

  • Chipped, cracked or broken
  • Unevenly worn due to aging
  • Slightly overlapped or spaced apart
  • Twisted, rotated or poorly aligned
  • Discolored, stained or yellowed

Your treatment begins with the application of etching fluid. This fluid creates tiny indentations to support the bonding material. Next, a bonding agent is applied to form a bond between your tooth surface and the bonding material.

The bonding material is composite, a unique liquid resin that can be color-matched perfectly to your existing teeth, creating a uniform, natural look. The composite is applied and artfully sculpted by your cosmetic dentists at East Cooper Dental. The liquid material is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet curing light. As a final touch, your dentists will polish your bonded teeth, and they become a permanent, beautiful part of your new smile.

Dental bonding is non-invasive and easy, usually requiring no anesthetic. You can create a smile that is uniquely beautiful and uniquely yours. Don’t settle for a flawed, damaged smile when your beautiful new smile is just a phone call away. Dental bonding is the modern answer to a great-looking smile.

For more information on additional cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile, call your cosmetic dentists at East Cooper Dental in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Find out how dental bonding can help your smile by calling today!

By Dr. James Warner, DMD
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you worried that your smile is ruined forever now that you've lost a tooth? Luckily, tooth loss doesn't have to permanently affect your dental implantssmile. Dr. James Warner, Dr. Catherine Kotz and Dr. Courtney Michelson, your Mt. Pleasant, SC dentists explain how dental implants can give you something to smile about.

A brand new tooth

You can't grow a new tooth, but titanium dental implants offer the next best thing. A dental implant occupies the space in your jaw once filled by your roots. Your titanium implant bonds to the bone in approximately three to six months. Once bonding is complete, your Mt. Pleasant dentist adds a crown to the top of the implant. The crown fills the gap in your smile and restores your ability to chew and bite normally again.

Improved self-confidence

Do you avoid smiling, or do you talk with your hand over your mouth because you're self-conscious about your missing tooth? Tooth loss can affect your self-esteem and the way you interact with other people. Dental implants not only serve a practical purpose but also help you feel good about your smile again.

A healthier smile

Additional tooth loss and facial sagging can occur if your jawbone begins to weaken after tooth loss. Fortunately, the problem can be avoided if you choose dental implants. Implants offer the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong. Replacing your tooth with an implant also prevents nearby teeth from overlapping, which can make it easier to remove cavity-causing plaque from your teeth.


Dental implants are an excellent choice if you've lost a tooth or two, but they're an even better choice if you've lost all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable and don't slip or slide when you eat since they're firmly attached to dental implants. Most people only need six to eight dental implants to support an upper or lower denture.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Dr. Warner, Dr. Kotz and Dr. Michelson, your Mt. Pleasant, SC dentists, at (843) 388-9894 to schedule your appointment.

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