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Cosmetic Dentistry in Anchorage

J Bryson McBratney can help you with your cosmetic dentistry needs at our office in Anchorage, in addition to your other dental services. This page is provided for you to save time with your dental visit by filling out any necessary forms prior to coming into the office. Please contact us if you have any questions about the material below. We'll be glad to help you out!

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FAQ

What does Dr. McBratney think about the recent article (July 2016) from the US health department who stop recommending the practice of flossing?

Dr McBratney and his Hygienists absolutely know that cleaning between your teeth is very important for removing food particles, plaque and bacteria that get trapped there causing tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. This buildup between teeth can also effect a patient's overall health. Traditional string floss has its limitations and is known to be ineffective in cleaning all the tooth surfaces between teeth. Dr. McBratney and his Hygienists recommend the use of many home use products to assist patients in keeping healthy spaces between their teeth. Our office has been recommending the Reach Access Flosser for years. It is much easier to use than string floss and and is more effective. We have also recommended to our patients that they use Gum Soft-Picks. They are very effective cleaning devices and are very easy to use. Gum Proxabrush is also an excellent option when patients have large spaces between their teeth. The Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser is a favorite. It has been shown to be 50% more effective than string floss. The Sonicare Airfloss is also a good option. Our favorite electonic tooth brush is made by Philips Sonicare. It cleans your teeth amazingly well without damaging your teeth and gums.
Even though a report was written saying there are inadequate studies to prove flossing is beneficial, Dr McBratney and his team have more than 3 decades of experience that prove the health benefits of cleaning between your teeth. Traditional old school string floss may not be as effective at cleaning between your teeth as the alternative methods our office recommends to our patients. It is important that our patients understand that cleaning between your teeth in the most effective manner is what is vitally important for good health.

What type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It's unnecessary to "scrub" the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Is one TOOTHPASTE better than others?

Generally, no. However, it's advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

How often should I floss?

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

What's the difference between a crown & a cap?

These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as "crowns". However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones as "crowns".

What's the difference between a bridge & a partial denture?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.

Do I need to have a root canal because I have a crown?

No. While most teeth that have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

Is your office accepting new patients?

We love New patients and family & friend referrals! We also see both walk in Emergencies and New patients for Comprehensive exams and teeth cleanings.

Does Dr McBratney do implants?

Dr McBratey coordinates with a specialist and restores the crown here.

What age should my child start seeing the dentist?

They should be seen around 2-3 years old unless you see something obvious.

What would you recommend to whiten my teeth?

We use Sinsational Smile professional teeth whitening that is safe and effective.

What is the difference between a prophy and periodontal maintenance?

A prophy or routine teeth cleaning is polishing your teeth above the gum line when no periodontal disease is present. A periodontal maintenance is removing plaque and calculus below the gum line to reduce bacteria, and to treat the presence of periodontal diseased tissue/gums.

What can I use for teeth sensitivity?

After a diagnosis about why your teeth are sensitive, we can apply fluoride varnish to reduce the sensitivity and recommend sensitive tooth paste.

Which insurance companies are you preferred provider with?

We bill all insurance companies including Blue Cross, Delta and United Concordia.

Does your office offer special discounts?

We offer 10% for cash pay and military courtesy.

What form of payments do you accept?

We accept Cash, credit cards, Carecredit interest free payment options.

Does your office offer payment plans?

Yes, we offer Carecredit where you can go online and receive interest free financing in about 5 minutes.

Do you provide Lumineers or Veneers?

Yes we provide veneers that are strong and natural looking.

Is it required that I premedicate with anitbiotics if I have an artificial joint?

For most patients we do not need to premedicate unless your physician recommends it.

Financial Options

We are committed to providing quality and affordable dental health care. If treatment is needed, Dr. McBratney will provide you with a prioritized treatment plan and he and his team will explain the need for each type of treatment by showing you an intraoral photo of your teeth/mouth condition. Our patients love seeing for themselves what the Dr. sees and what he recommends to keep their teeth healthy and for a lifetime.

Once we have a discussion with you about what you may need and what you want, we will create a custom plan for you that fits your needs and financial budget. We know patients who come to see us for their regular check ups and teeth cleanings are able to catch problems when they are small and take care of them before they become more expensive and more extensive. We look forward to seeing you soon! Partners in your dental health!

You have multiple options for payment available. For your convenience we accept cash, Discover, Visa, checks, major insurance, participating insurance, Mastercard, money order, and CareCredit.

If you would like to extend payments over a longer period of time, we offer CareCredit. Click on the CareCredit logo for more information.

Smile Gallery

Fillings

This patient had cold sensitivity on their back tooth. The filling had come loose and there was decay under the filling. You can see the dark discoloration around the filling. I removed the filling and the extensive decay under it and replaced it with a new filling.

Dental Composites

This patient came to me complaining about the black open space between their front two teeth. We decided to use some cosmetic composite material and build the sides of the teeth out so we could close the space and made them feel much better about their smile. This procedure took just a few minutes and they did not have to be numb.

Dental Composites

This gentleman was up here visiting from out of state. I was talking to him one day out of the office and he mentioned that he hated the space between his front teeth and his dentist back home said it would either involve braces or veneers to close that space. He couldn't afford the time or the money of that investment. I told him I could fix it in 30 minutes without getting him numb and it would cost him much less than those other two options. He met me that afternoon at the office and we closed the space and made him a very happy man.

Veneers

This female patient had very short front central teeth. They should be longer than her lateral incisors. She could not afford veneers or crowns so we decided to use Miris2 composite and do an in office composite veneer on her front two teeth. These teeth were prepped just like traditional veneers and then built up using composite. We actually take impressions before her prep appointment and do a wax up first and make splints and jigs to use in the mouth to help us replicate the shape and size of the wax up. As you can see with the Miris2 system we not only can match the color of her natural teeth but we can also match the translucency at the incisal edge of the tooth. The patient was very happy with the results.

Veneers

This female patient didn't like the big space between her front two teeth. She also had chipped the corner of one of the teeth and it had intrinsic yellow staining too. I removed the yellow staining and repaired the corner of her tooth with Miris2 composite. I them used the same composite system to built the sides of her front two teeth out to close the space between them. The patient was very happy with the results.

Bridges & Crowns 

This was a very challenging case. This gentleman had severe decay on multiple teeth and many of the teeth had drifted out of position. We extracted the teeth that could not be saved. He was also missing his lateral incisors congenitally so we had to change his canine tooth into a lateral incisor. We decided to use all Zirconia crowns and bridges to restore his mouth. This material is incredibly strong and will serve him for many many years. This case took several months and stages to complete but you can see what a wonderful result we had. The patient his very happy and smiles all the time now.

Bridges

This young lady had traditional porcelain bridges that had broken and fallen apart because of her grinding habits. Her previous dentist wanted to replace them with new gold bridges but the patient wasn't happy with that idea. She came to my office with pictures and xrays from her previous dentist and we decided that with her bruxism habit that we should do cosmetic Zirconia bridges. You can see that the result was much better than the old fashion gold that was suggested.

Bridges

This patient had gum disease around her front teeth. We needed to extract one tooth and construct a new bridge for her. A significant improvement.

Crowns

You can see that the canine crown on the left of the picture is very yellow. It was placed by another dentist and for years the patient hated it. We removed the old crown and replaced it with an Emax crown. You can see that the new color is an excellent match to her other teeth. She loved it!

Crowns

This gentleman is just starting treatment with me. We have a lot of work to do yet. His main concern was his front two teeth being discolored. He had severe decay and staining in both of his front teeth. We made him two Emax crowns and improved his appearance. Now he has to learn to smile again instead of hiding his teeth. It will happen!

Crowns

This tooth had a large filling and recurrent decay all around and under it. We made a new Zirconia crown to restore this tooth.

Crowns

This tooth had recurrent caries under an old silver filling. The tooth also had a composite filling. I made her a new Zirconia crown.

Partial Denture

This patient needed a new upper partial denture. She was missing all of her back teeth. We made her a new prosthesis so now she can enjoy her food and keep the stress off her jaw joints.

Partial Denture

This patient was missing her lower back teeth. She also had some decay and old silver fillings. We replaced the fillings and made her a new lower partial denture.

Dentures

This poor gentleman had been wearing this old denture for years. It didn't fit right and it didn't bite right. He had lost a lot of vertical dimension so his nose and chin were so close together that he could barely smile. We opened his vertical dimension and made him a new set of beautiful dentures. He smiles all over the place now. Not to mention, he can actually eat food now too.

Testimonials

“Going to see Dr McBratney is not like going to the dentist, it’s like going to the beach"
-Denise
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“I’ve had problems in the past with previous dentists. I was constantly feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed about the state of my mouth. When I finally became a patient of Dr. McBratney’s, he had a constant sense of putting me at ease. Without pointing out all the negatives, he let me know where my mouth was at and where it needed to go. Not only did Dr. McBratney make me feel comfortable emotionally, but minimal pain was felt during the procedures. My transformation has made me more confident than ever before-- I used to try to hide my teeth when I smiled, but now I just can’t show them off enough!"
-Michael (Mike) Black
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“I loved the customer service, friendly environment and exceptional care I received in the office. I really appreciated the care and time you provided to make my dental experience fulfilling."

“I like your friendly staff. I loved the waiting area and the complimentary bottled water you offered me when I arrived."

“I liked the TV’s in the dental rooms, the beautiful décor and the experienced staff.”

“I like the new technology that I didn’t see from my previous provider.”

“My Hygienist was very nice and friendly while cleaning my teeth.”

“Very pleasant people in a very attractive office.”

“I got to use the sucker and the hygienist played with me while she cleaned my teeth.”

“The staff was friendly from the front desk to the dentist. I loved the TV’s on the ceiling – great idea.”

“I loved Dr. McBratney’s conservative approach to dentistry. I felt like I could trust Dr. McBratney’s recommendations.”

“No dental work is “fun”. You guys made it quick and efficient and went above and beyond what I expected. The courtesy at the front desk and around the office was exceptional.”
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