Top Cosmetic Dentist Bradenton
Dr. Kelly Clarke has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Cosmetic Dentist.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Clarke has averaged 50 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Florida are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
“I found Dr. Clarke to provide excellent dentistry in a relaxed environment. I was extremely nervous having to find a new dentist after moving here, and immediately I was relieved to have everything explained and the transition was very comfortable. I highly recommend this office, not only for Dr. Clarke, but also for all of his employees.”
Dr. Kelly Clarke, with a high-tech cosmetic dental office located in Bradenton, has been practicing dentistry since 2004.
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Bonding & White Filling
You probably have at least one minor imperfection in your smile that you’d love to correct. It doesn’t matter how small it can be, it’s there, and you can see it. Maybe it’s a small chip or crack in your front teeth. Or perhaps you have tooth decay, and you are looking for the most aesthetic solution.
In all those scenarios (and many, many more), our team at Laser Dentistry in Bradenton, Florida, might recommend composite resin bonding restorations.
What is composite resin bonding?
We describe composite resin bonding (commonly known as “tooth bonding”) as the process of bonding a tooth-color composite resin materials to the surface of the teeth (for example, as a composite veneer) or inside of a prepped tooth (as a filling). This cosmetic material is biocompatible and made to mimic natural enamel’s texture and color.
Tooth bonding can last many years with proper care, so we consider it a desirable and affordable solution to these problems. However, before making a decision, patients need to know that this material is not stain-resistant. So those thinking about enhancing their smile with veneers should also consider the porcelain alternative to get more durable results.
How do I care for composite resin bonding?
We advise those patients getting tooth bonding to avoid certain foods and beverages (like tea or coffee) that can heavily stain the restoration. They don’t need to take further steps to care for these restorations besides brushing, flossing, and routine visits to Laser Dentistry to ensure oral health. If the composite bonding gets stained or just needs a little enhancement, our team can replace the restoration to keep the smile shining!
How can composite resin bonding be used in the smile?
Composite resin bonding is an excellent solution for the following dental problems:
A smile makeover patient of Dr. Clarke, before and after cosmetic bonding:
Before and after bonding for broken front tooth. – click to see case.
Laser Dentistry and Composite Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are often strengthened by the use of laser tools. Dr Clarke uses lasers to kill bacteria and to provide a tight seal around the composite filling. This seal avoids a possible marginal leakage in the restoration, which can compromise the future of the filling.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign)
Crooked or misaligned teeth affect more than just your look. Did you know that an overlapped tooth can also affect your oral health?
It’s challenging to keep your smile clean when teeth aren’t in the right position. Crooked teeth prompt dental plaque deposits. And this can trigger oral health issues such as cavities or gum disease. In addition to that, a misaligned tooth can interfere with your normal occlusion (bite), which can cause a temporomandibular joint pain disorder.
Video 02:03 | Straightening your teeth can lead to healthier gums, improved oral hygiene and a decreased risk of abnormal wear.
Apart from the biological problems, crooked teeth can also have a terrible impact on your social life. Do you feel embarrassed when you have to smile in a work meeting or talk to new people? If you are unhappy with your smile, everybody notices it. And you are well aware of this.
You have thought about orthodontic treatment, but you don’t fancy the idea of having a mouthful of metallic brackets and wires for two years. Luckily, at Laser dentistry, we have a solution to your nightmare. We are proud to offer the Invisalign system. This revolutionary straightening method uses effective and discrete clear aligners to get the smile of your dreams.
What Is Invisalign?
Say goodbye to bulky metal brackets. Invisalign uses custom-made, clear aligners that apply gentle pressure to shift your teeth into the correct position. You need to wear the aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day, and you will change the set of aligners every 10 or 15 days. In most cases, Invisalign treatment takes up to 18 months to complete, and the outcome is a bright and straight smile.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
The Invisalign system has countless advantages, but by far, the most important one is how discrete the aligners are. The clear aligners are almost imperceptible: nobody will notice you are wearing them. They are extremely thin, and they fit perfectly in your teeth, so you will smile, talk and interact with no reservations.
As the aligners are removable, you can take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing, and even for an important meeting or event. There are no diet restrictions, so you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods throughout the treatment. Say hello again to apples and sticky sweets!
How Can I Get Invisalign?
Dr. Clarke is a certified Invisalign provider and is qualified to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this system. He will assess your case with a clinical examination, x-ray images, and photos. If this system works for you, your clear aligners will be made based on the treatment plan elaborated by Dr Clarke. With 3D technology, you will be able to see the results before the treatment gets started!
Don’t let misaligned teeth affect your self-confidence or smile health any longer! A brighter smile is only a phone call away. Contact Laser Dentistry today to book your Invisalign consultation and clear all your doubts!
Turning your current smile into the smile you have always wanted is more affordable and straightforward than you might think. One option is teeth whitening treatments. A professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist can be beneficial when teeth are stained and discolored. However, when further issues, such as chips, cracks and gaps, affect your teeth, the solution might be porcelain veneers.
What can porcelain veneers correct?
These thin shells of porcelain, known as veneers, are custom-made to blend your existing teeth perfectly. This procedure ensures a natural look on any smile. Bonded onto the front of the actual teeth, veneers cover usual imperfections that might be causing low self-esteem.
Veneers are versatile and can cover teeth with the following issues:
Why should I choose porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made to cover natural teeth entirely. They are a fantastic option for those looking for a dramatic smile makeover. The procedure takes fewer visits than most patients might expect. In just two or three visits, they can get the smile of their dreams. Veneers are reliable solutions, and with proper care, you can expect them to last many years. Porcelain veneers are a conservative option, as they require minimum alterations to the teeth. And last but not least, they are also stain-resistant, which makes them a better choice than composite resin bonding.
How are veneers made and placed?
This course of treatment starts with an initial consultation with the dentist to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate. Luckily, most patients are indeed a good fit for the treatment. If that’s the case, preparations begin. This includes filing down the front portion of the tooth and taking impressions. Once those impressions are taken, the dental laboratory uses them to build the final restoration following the dentist’s guidance regarding shape, size, and color. Until that final veneer is ready to be placed, the dentist might bond a temporary one. By their second visit to the office, most patients will have their porcelain veneers in place.
Smile makeover patients of Dr. Clarke, before and after crowns & veneers:
Case #2 | Makeover with Crowns and Veneers
Teeth Whitening & Bleaching
Professional teeth whitening is by far one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among our patients. Drugstores and pharmacies are crowded with over-the-counter products, such as trays, pens, and toothpaste that intend the same goal—however, many of these fall short of whitening results. Our team at Laser Dentistry encourages patients to learn more about the treatments available in our office to achieve more dramatic and safer results!
What methods of whitening are offered at Laser Dentistry?
Patients from Bradenton, Florida, aiming for a brighter smile and considering professional whitening, can choose between these two effective treatments:
To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over. Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 – 8 shades!
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of whitening.
Which whitening method should I choose?
We encourage every patient to visit the Laser Dentistry office to discuss which option will suit their unique needs. One of our dentists will take the time to better explain both treatments to the patient and the pros and cons of each one. Both the patient and the dentist will work together to choose the best possible solution. Patients seeking for a more economical solution tend to select the at-home whitening kits. However, they need to understand that results are slower than with the in-office treatment.
Dr. Clarke offers both In-Office Teeth Whitening and At-Home Whitening Kits
“This was my first dental visit since coming to Florida. Dr Clarke and his staff are very welcoming and friendly. I was comfortable from start to finish and evrything was explained to me in a clear manner. I found my Florida Dentist.”Jim Q. – Read more reviews