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Lakeland Cosmetic Dentistry

A Beautiful Smile Can Be Yours in Lakeland!

Do you watch older movies and TV shows? Sometimes, you can’t help but notice the teeth in actors. They look so yellow! Some even have metal fillings! It’s hard to believe, compared with the smiles you see today, perfectly straight and white. That’s the magic of cosmetic dentistry!

Let Us Make Your Smile Picture Perfect

If you have to hide your smile or suppress your laughter, you’re hiding your true self and missing out on your enjoyment of life! Don’t waste another day! If your smile—and confidence—could use a touch-up or a complete makeover, schedule an appointment with Dr. Blanca Fernandez, who is as skilled at cosmetic dentistry as she is at general and restorative dental services.. She has devoted herself to extensive training, far beyond the continuing education required of dental professionals.

Just some of the magic Dr. Fernandez can work for your smile includes:

  • Whiten stained or discolored teeth
  • Replace missing teeth with dental implants, dentures, or partials
  • Restore broken, chipped or worn teeth with composite bonding
  • Repair cavities with white fillings
  • Correct a gummy smile
  • Close gaps, whiten them, cover flaws, create a straighter appearance with porcelain veneers

Are You Ready to Love Your New, Improved Smile?

We pride ourselves on all the work we do, from teeth cleaning and hygiene, to full-mouth restorations. Dr. Fernandez will craft a spectacular smile for you with veneers, gum recontouring, composite bonding, smile whitening, and full mouth restoration, where perhaps every tooth needs some type of repair or enhancement. The completion of your cosmetic dentistry takes less time and involves less discomfort than you might think. We make the whole process comfortable and rewarding for you. But it should be fun and one of the most exciting times of your life! The first time you see your new smile is a “Wow!” moment for all of us. There may even be tears of happiness all around!


Porcelain Veneers

When you see a smile that makes you stop in your tracks, chances are you’re looking at porcelain veneers. Nothing surpasses the beauty and natural luminosity as veneers. You can’t help but notice it, and you start to make assumptions about the person don’t you? They look attractive, happy, fun to be with, young. You wish you could look like that and be like that. You can, you know. It’s easier than you think!

Veneers are crafted in a tone and translucency that either matches your teeth or whitens and improves the look of your teeth. They will not stain and are incredibly resilient and non-abrasive to opposing teeth. A porcelain dental veneer is a thin wafer of porcelain that is permanently cemented to your prepared tooth.

Veneers can transform a person with a smile that is worthy of any movie star! Veneers can change your look completely by straightening, lengthening, and whitening teeth, providing you with a beautiful smile and more comfortable bite position. A veneer preserves your natural tooth structure, thus keeping the tooth very strong and durable. We always want to preserve your own tooth as much as we can and veneers help make this possible.

What’s the value of changing your life in such a dramatic and positive way? We think it’s priceless. Don’t wait another day to get started!

Minimal Prep Veneers

Standard porcelain veneers do require a measure of tooth preparation to accommodate the veneers. This involves removing some of your own tooth enamel.

For some people, this may be a more adjustments to their own teeth than they’re comfortable with. For these patients, traditional porcelain veneers may not be the best choice because they do require the removal of enamel. But they don’t have to sacrifice the beautiful color, symmetry, and natural luminosity of veneers. They can still experience the total transformation that regular veneers can create in a person’s life. Some people have even described it as liberating, as if they’ve been set free to be who they really are, and minimal-prep veneers

Luckily, dental researchers are continually innovating the art and science of aesthetic dentistry, and advancing the science of dental technology. The dental industry has improved the ceramic materials for veneers and the latest bonding techniques mean that dentists and patients can now achieve esthetically superior porcelain veneers with less preparation, tooth loss and potential discomfort. An alternative to traditional veneers is called minimal-prep veneers. They look the same as traditional veneers, but require less tooth preparation, enamel reduction, and potentially less discomfort.

Dr. Fernandez will explain the differences between full- and minimal-prep veneers to help you decide which is the best method for you.

Full Mouth Restoration

Sometimes people have severely damaged smiles due to injury, disease, neglect, or heredity. They may have severe gum disease, where the gums are severely inflamed or infected, and teeth may be loose or even missing. They may have been using poorly fitting dentures that don’t stimulate the gums and jawbone are causing premature wrinkling or causing your face to sag.

These patients are the most challenging and the most rewarding for us to work with. To help transform someone’s life through our care is the reason we are here. Dr. Fernandez is highly skilled in cosmetic and restorative therapies to restore a smile to peak health and appearance. A full-mouth rejuvenation might include multiple types of restorations, implants, veneers, dentures, or anything else we have in our comprehensive list of services. If your dental problems also have caused jaw pain, Dr. Fernandez can help relieve your discomfort with gentle treatments or perhaps a nightguard to help reduce teeth grinding. Throughout your treatment, we are here to support and encourage you. Every step of our processes will be thoroughly explained to you during the review of your treatment plan and at each step of the way.

A full-mouth restoration is one of the most rewarding services we perform. It can be life changing for us as well as our patient. Dr. Fernandez has devoted herself to training in a wide range of dental restoration and cosmetic services so as many of your treatments can be performed in one place as possible.

Crown Lengthening / Gum Recontouring

Sometimes your gums may cover the teeth so much that your smile is “gummy” or it looks like you have tiny teeth. Or if there is evidence of periodontal disease, Dr. Fernandez may want to expose more of the tooth below the gum to remove plaque or calculus (hardened plaque) or to apply periodontal treatments below the gum.

Our office uses a soft tissue laser to smooth and recontour the appearance of gum lines or improve the health and appearance of your teeth. This simple and effective treatment can change a gummy smile to a great one! Or, it can help Dr. Fernandez treat a decayed tooth or gum disease below the gum line. In some cases, it may be necessary to perform a frenectomy, where the laser is applied to the tissue between the upper or lower teeth and the lips. There’s no bleeding with the soft-tissue laser, and very little discomfort if any.

The soft-tissue laser works with without causing bleeding or severe pain. It’s just one technique in the processes Dr. Fernandez uses to treat or enhance her patients’ smiles. We hope as you get used to comfortable, noninvasive treatments, you’ll make it a habit to call us to maintain your dental health or to treat any problems quickly.

Composite Bonding, Inlays / Onlays

Minor tooth problems like chips, gaps, or small cavities can be improved by using tooth-colored composite bonding material. Unlike veneers, bonding is only applied to a small portion of the tooth, to reshape the tooth’s appearance or cover up stains or cracks. It can even be formed to fill in a chipped tooth. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, these changes made with composite bonding are imperceptible. It’s a convenient, affordable treatment that dramatically improves the smiles of Dr. Fernandez’ patients.

It takes years of training, an artist’s eye, and careful attention to detail to make the dental bonding completely indistinguishable from a natural tooth. The bonding material is applied to one very thin layer at a time, almost like the underpainting technique used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance to produce their paintings.

When your decayed tooth needs more than a filling but less than a crown to restore it, Dr. Fernandez will use a porcelain inlay or an onlay to bring your tooth back to a healthy state and appearance. Inlays are used when the decay is within the indented top surface (cusp) of a tooth, and an onlay is used when the cavity extends beyond one or more cusps.

Tooth Recontouring

Tooth recontouring is another technique that can add to the aesthetics of your smile. The philosophy “less is more” is especially appropriate when we’re talking about this technique. Tooth recontouring is not intended for large imperfections or significant tooth misalignment.

Tooth recontouring is intended for small overlaps, misalignments, differences in tooth sizes and other small changes that can be made by removing tiny, micro-thin slices of tooth enamel, one at a time.. It requires painstaking attention to detail and a commitment to perfection, carefully evaluating the whole picture after every change, making sure that your tooth is exactly right, not too much or too little enamel removed.

These tiny changes will likely be imperceptible to most people. Maybe they’ll ask if you cut your hair or even lost weight! But you’ll just smile at them confidently! You won’t believe the difference just a small change in your teeth can make!

Smile Whitening

Porous tooth enamel causes teeth to darken over time, as teeth absorb stains from the food we eat. We help patients whiten their teeth by several shades in just a single trip to our office, with same-day teeth whitening. Results are dramatic, and perfect for looking your best. Our whitening product naturally lift stains by an accelerated oxidation process, making the enamel look years younger, and naturally whiter.

Dr. Fernandez can help you determine if your teeth and gums are healthy and good candidates for teeth whitening and which whitening process will give you even, natural-looking results.

Treatment takes as little as 30 minutes. The results are instant and no follow-up visit is required. There is little to no tooth sensitivity after treatment. Dr. Fernandez can also give you whitening trays to take home and complete when it’s convenient for you.

Isn’t it time to stop hiding your smile? Make an appointment today!