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Cosmetic Dentistry
with Dr. Ben Tindal in Sarasota, FL

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Cosmetic Dentistry
at Tindal Prosthodontics

At Tindal Prosthodontics, the health of our patients is always priority number one, but we understand that having a beautiful smile is extremely important as well. People with bright, white, and beautiful teeth usually feel very confident about their appearance and are judged positively by their peers, leading to more satisfaction in their personal and professional lives. Of course, the opposite can also be said if someone is dealing with noticeable stains, chips, cracks, gaps, or missing teeth. Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a variety of procedures, including:

  • Teeth whitening: This procedure helps remove stains and discoloration, brightening the patient's teeth. Teeth whitening can be performed in-office or using at-home kits prescribed by a dentist.

  • Dental bonding: A tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth's surface to repair minor imperfections, such as chips, cracks, or gaps. The resin is shaped, hardened, and polished to match the surrounding teeth.

  • Porcelain veneers: These are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can address a variety of issues, including discolored, misshapen, or unevenly spaced teeth.

  • Dental crowns: Although often used for restorative purposes, dental crowns can also serve a cosmetic function by improving the appearance of damaged or discolored teeth. Crowns are custom-made to cover the entire visible portion of a tooth, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

  • Gum contouring: This procedure involves reshaping the gum line to create a more balanced and symmetrical appearance. It can be used to correct issues such as a "gummy smile" or uneven gum margins.

  • Dental implants: Although primarily a restorative treatment, dental implants can also enhance the appearance of a patient's smile by replacing missing teeth with natural-looking prosthetics.

  • Complex Aesthetic Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation is recommended if all or most of your smile has suffered from severe damage or decay. The treatment focuses on repairing all of your teeth so that they function properly and don’t cause any oral health issues; it can also be done to help improve your smile’s overall appearance.

If you’re interested in having the kind of smile that always lights up a room, Dr. Ben Tindal is the man to give it to you. A certified expert in dental prosthetics, he’s able to provide patients with beautiful and natural-looking results whether they want a subtle touch-up or complete makeover. He even does his own lab work to make sure everything is just perfect. With Dr. Tindal, the only limit is your imagination, so if you’re ready to upgrade your smile, give us a call today.

teeth whitening

teeth whitening

Over the years, it’s very common for the teeth to develop stains or slightly discolor. This could be due to regular exposure to darkly pigmented foods and drinks such as coffee and wine, tobacco use, or a side effect of the natural aging process. In any case, darkened teeth can easily make a person appear much older than they really are and feel self-conscious, which is why we’re happy to offer a selection of professional-strength whitening treatments, able to deliver the dramatic results store-bought products simply can’t.

Why do teeth stain?

An unfortunate fact of life is that teeth stain. As you grow older, your teeth begin to go through wear and tear that eventually affects your enamel. However, there are also certain foods, drinks, and lifestyle habits that can cause staining and discoloration before old age. Coffee, wine, and other drinks with dark colors can increase your chances of staining. Additionally, any foods that are rich in color like blueberries or pasta sauce can cause discoloration. And, if you smoke or use tobacco products, it’s only a matter of time before your smile becomes yellowed.  

How long do the results last?

The lifespan of your newly whitened teeth will directly depend on how you care for them. By avoiding some of the foods and habits mentioned above, you can extend the results of your treatment. Additionally, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth every day to remove plaque and bacteria that cause discoloration. Lastly, you can always visit Dr. Tindal for small touchup appointments to keep your smile looking radiant throughout the year.

If you’re ready to turn back the clock and improve your overall appearance, teeth whitening is one of the fastest, affordable, and most effective ways to do it. To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Dental Veneers

who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

If you’re ready to upgrade your smile, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental services that can help you achieve a set of pearly whites you’ll be excited to show off! However, with so many treatments to choose from, it’s natural to have a few questions. For your convenience, we’ve gathered a few common questions we get about cosmetic dentistry below. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

If you’re embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth or feel self-conscious about your smile, there’s a good chance that cosmetic dentistry is right for you! However, you may need to complete a few preliminary treatments before improving your pearly whites. Oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth grinding can make some services uncomfortable or even threaten their success. If we detect any warning signs of these issues, we’ll work with you to create a plan for getting your oral health back on track. Once your smile is healthy, we can move on to enhancing its appearance.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Take?

Just as no two smiles are the same, no two cosmetic dental treatments are exactly alike. There are multiple factors that go into determining how long it will take to improve your pearly whites, such as your age, oral health, and the severity of your case. Additionally, various treatments take different amounts of time to complete. For example, a quick and easy teeth whitening treatment may only take a single appointment, while designing, crafting, and placing a custom veneer may take several weeks.

How Can I Tell Which Cosmetic Service Is Right for Me?

After discussing your goals and carefully inspecting your teeth, your Sarasota cosmetic dentist Dr. Tindal will fully explain all your options as well as his recommendations. To correct multiple issues at once, he may suggest a complex aesthetic rehabilitation to utilize several treatments to achieve the best results. We want you to feel 100% confident in any treatment you choose here at Tindal Prosthodontics, which is why we’re proud to offer virtual smile design. During your consultation, Dr. Tindal will take pictures of your teeth and digitally alter them to show you how each treatment changes its appearance. This preview will help you choose the results you like the best.

If you have questions about your payment options, or you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact our office today. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile.

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dental veneers

Is your smile hampered by multiple imperfections, and you just do not know which one to take care of first? Do noticeable stains, chips, cracks, or gaps cause you to think twice before smiling or even taking a bite of food? Veneers have been used for decades to address several cosmetic issues and make dental flaws disappear! Now, you can get them in just two to three appointments with Tindal Prosthodontics. Dr. Ben Tindal will transform your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams. To learn more or schedule a consultation, just give us a call!

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material that are placed over the front surface of the teeth to mask imperfections. They are able to conceal all sorts of different cosmetic flaws that many people feel self-conscious about. They are often considered by people who have teeth that are:

  • Cracked

  • Chipped

  • Misshapen

  • Discolored

  • Undersized

  • Gapped

The dental porcelain and ceramic that is used to make veneers closely resemble your natural tooth enamel, leaving you with a beautiful, healthy appearance! On top of that, these materials are very strong and prevent stains and chips in the future.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Veneers have numerous different benefits for patients who want to say goodbye to aesthetic flaws. Here are just a few of them:

  • Stain resistance: Veneers resist stains much more than your natural tooth enamel does. Ultimately, they are a long-term whitening solution.

  • Long life: When you care for them properly, veneers can last upwards of 15 years!

  • Natural-looking: Veneers are placed carefully in a way that makes them appear to be natural. No one will be able to tell that you’ve had cosmetic work!

  • Personalized: Dental veneers are made to be the exact size, shape, and color needed to flawlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.

What is the process?

The first step of this process is your initial consultation with Dr. Tindal. At this time, you will discuss the goals that you have for your smile and how veneers can help you to achieve the result you’re looking for. If you’re deemed to be a good candidate for the procedure, a small portion of your protective enamel will be removed from the front-facing surface of the teeth and an impression will be made. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your dental veneers will be crafted. In the meantime, we’ll provide you with a temporary set of veneers so that you can become accustomed to how your teeth feel once you receive your permanent ones. As soon as we get your veneers, you will be able to return to the practice, and they will be cemented into place. At this time, small adjustments can be made to give you a perfectly comfortable and natural-looking smile!

  • Are implant dentures more expensive?
    Yes, implant dentures in Sarasota are typically more expensive than traditional dentures, but for good reason. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on top of gums, dental implants fuse directly with the jawbone. This gives implant dentures maximum support, prevents slipping, and provides greater chewing power. Implant dentures also appear more permanent and lifelike. In addition, even though they cost more upfront, dental implants can last for decades with proper care. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, usually must be replaced every five to seven years.
  • How do I clean my dentures?
    Exactly how you care for your dentures will depend on what type of prosthesis you have. With non-implant dentures, you’ll need to remove them every night and soak them in a special solution. Gently brushing them, and making sure your gums are clean, will help you prevent sores and bad breath. Some implant-retained dentures are permanently fixed in the mouth. You can care for these in almost exactly the same way you would care for natural teeth.
  • Can you sleep with dentures in?
    Regardless of the type of dentures you're using, wearing them in your sleep is a bad idea, and will cause you a number of health issues down the line. To keep your mouth bacteria-free, your gums healthy, and your bones unaltered and strong, make sure to remove your dentures every night before going to sleep.
  • What to expect my first day with dentures?
    It's normal to develop sore spots during the first few days of wearing dentures. You may also have more saliva. Gum tissue contracts as it heals. For this reason, you may need to visit our office several times so your dentures fit comfortably.
  • How long does it take to get dentures from start to finish?
    As an estimate it often takes approximately between six weeks to three months but may take longer and will depend on whether or not you require any teeth to be extracted, the healing time and whether or not it is a full denture or partial denture.
  • Who cannot get dentures?
    The only real concern for denture candidates is their jawbone health. This is because tooth loss causes the jawbone to deteriorate and weaken. Consequently, without a stable foundation, patients cannot get dental implants for implant-supported dentures. A weakened jawbone can also cause issues for traditional dentures. This is where we may suggest bone grafts and dental implants, a consultation is your first step to understanding what treatment options are best for you!
  • How can I get rid of denture sores?
    Salt Water Rinse. Warm salt water rinses are recommended for a number of types of mouth sores and oral health conditions, and they can also be used to treat denture sores. ... Give Your Mouth a Break. ... Good Oral Hygiene. ... Relieve the Pain. ... Consult With Your Dentist.
  • Can you help with my ill-fitting denture?
    Yes! If you have a denture that is constantly popping, clicking, or moving around in your mouth, we can help stabilize it using dental implants. Implant-retained dentures are attached directly to the jawbone using prosthetic tooth roots to deliver the most secure fit possible. We can upgrade traditional dentures to fit over implants or provide you with a completely new prosthetic.
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