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What to Look for When Searching for a Cosmetic Dentist in Sarasota (And How to Relax About It)


A beautiful smile can light a room. The smile actually is considered by many to be a reflection of a happy, comfortable and successful life. It is intimately linked to our well-being, our pleasure and sensations with food, and communication, both verbally and non-verbally.

But there’s one big problem. 

We are not all blessed with the smile we desire. One recent study found that more than a quarter of people are not pleased with their smile as it is and even more do not like how their teeth appear in photographs. 

Many patients live like this because they’re not aware of any other alternative, but better options do exist through cosmetic dentistry.  

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work that enhances every aspect of a patient’s smile. This could include their teeth, their gums, or their bite. A reliable cosmetic dentist balances the art and science of the craft, relying on both their intuition and expertise to help patients feel confident and proud of their smile.  

There are a lot of cosmetic dentists out there, but not all have the skills needed to give patients the natural smile they are looking for. Here are some of the key things to look for when considering a cosmetic dentist in Sarasota. 

Specified, Individual Care

There’s a saying we like to use at Koval & Koval: treat the person, not the teeth alone. We understand that each person who walks in our doors is unique, which means the treatment they need is unique, too. Because of this, cosmetic dentistry should never be treated as a one size fits all approach. 

There’s so much that goes into creating a smile that looks like you, but much enhanced, younger, and brighter. You have uniquely shaped teeth. You might have a special, iconic feature like a gap that runs in your family or prominent canines. Your cosmetic dentist shouldn’t want to take all of that way by offering a standard, quick fix they use on every patient. 

Instead, the best cosmetic dentists discover ways to enhance the natural qualities that are already there. Smile restoration doesn’t mean a full restart. You can often choose certain elements of your smile that you’d like to preserve, and a great dentist can work with you to give you a smile that you’ll love. 

Finding a cosmetic dentist that is willing to work with you is key before you jump into any major procedure. You should always get the individual care that you deserve.

The Latest Technology

Technological innovations have spread into just about every facet of daily life and have affected nearly all industries. Dentistry is no exception. Most people want the latest and greatest when it comes to the vehicle, their communication tools, and their work supplies. Why would they settle for less from their dentist? 

Our founder and dentist, Dr. Koval is constantly learning and evolving in her craft, always looking for ways to better serve her patients. She’s blazed a bit of a trail in the Sarasota area with her sophisticated pieces of technology. Each investment she makes has her patients’ best interest at heart as she searches for ways to provide them with a better experience. 

One of the greatest innovations we’ve seen is the use of laser technology. We’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into laser machinery that makes procedures far more efficient. Procedures that once took an hour might only take 10 minutes with the right tools in place. Additionally, many of these tools help reduce discomfort for patients, giving them a more pleasant experience overall. 

Knowing your dentist stays up with the latest tech also shows that they’re always looking for ways to improve their practice and grow as individuals. They don’t settle for good enough. Such practices can give you the assurance that the dentist hasn’t become complacent with their job (or their patients). 

Excellent, Caring Service from the Moment You Walk In

Good customer or patient service can be hard to come by, especially in the medical field, but a great cosmetic dental practice understands that the patient experience begins the moment you walk through their door. 

Top practices help their patients feel welcomed in and taken care of. They establish trust and provide experiences as Alice had. She tried different dentists for years after moving to Sarasota, but she always felt like she was placed “on a dentistry conveyor belt” by each option. When she found Koval & Koval, she started to “feel at home” because of the way the whole staff treats her “with respect and kindness.” 

Everyone deserves that kind of experience from their dentists. Our practice has been blessed by a steady crew of staff members who have stuck with us for decades. They know our patients and are genuinely excited to see them when they come in. We figure that since we spend so much time working on a patient’s smile, we might as well give them a chance to show it off, too.

Beyond positive attitudes and friendly faces, we try to express our gratitude by offering complementary services to each of our patients:

  • Refreshment center with coffee, tea, and spring water
  • Fleece blankets
  • Headphones with music
  • Warm neck pillow
  • Back-massaging dental chairs
  • Warm, scented towels to freshen up after treatment.

Many of our patients are surprised that a service like that even exists in a dental office. Most medical facilities aren’t exactly known for their hospitality, after all, but once people get introduced to that kind of environment, they never want to go back. 

A Dentist Who Knows Their Stuff

As much as service matters, the niceties alone won’t lead to the results patients want. They need excellence around procedures, too.

Dr. Koval’s own expertise has come from a lifetime around the dental industry. She grew up in a dentist’s household, and her father showed her the ropes. As a child, she’d hang around the office and help out where she could. 

These formative experiences sparked a life full of learning and developing as a dentist, leading her to start this practice over 25 years ago. Those early flames of interest haven’t burned out, yet though, as Dr. Koval continues to acquire certificates, continuing education credentials, and awards from her peers and the Sarasota community. All of this is done in an effort to better serve her patients. 

Experience and education like this from any cosmetic dentist give them the aesthetic awareness necessary for the procedures they do. It gives them a sense of the art and architecture of a smile, the proper line angles, and color matching. Dr. Koval, for instance, goes out of her way to match the teeth' color to the patients’ eyes, creating a much more natural look that can be seen in our smile gallery

An expert dentist will also understand that aesthetics go hand-in-hand with function. There’s a certain muscular harmony you want your dentist to be aware of that enhances the look while also enabling everything to operate correctly for a long period of time.

How Koval and Koval Prioritizes Each

At Koval and Koval, we pride ourselves on our commitment to our patients. Each person that comes in gets special, unique treatment specified to their needs. We recognize that each patient has their own attributes that make their smile special, and we always take that individuality into every one of our procedures. 

Our cosmetic dentistry options empower patients to look and feel like the best version of themselves. We focus on each individual’s unique smile, enhancing the natural traits that already make them wonderful. 

Our state-of-the-art technology reduces the discomfort that you might have otherwise, and our experienced staff and dentist make the whole visit a pleasant experience, from the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave. 

If you’d like to hear more about how cosmetic dentistry can change your life, book a complimentary consultation with us today. 

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