Cosmetic Dentistry in Houston - The Perfect Smile in Form & Function
Are you ready to improve your appearance and your self-confidence? Do you want to make a positive change in your life through the creation of beautiful teeth and a beautiful smile? These results are only a phone call away. In addition to his dental degree, Dr. Barras has studied at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), and has trained in the area of neuromuscular dentistry. There are only a small number of cosmetic dentists in Houston with LVI training. That training provides Dr. Barras with the ability not only to create your perfect smile, but also to create a better bite alignment, which will significantly increase the life of your cosmetics. If you would like to improve your smile and your appearance, call Dr. Barras for a complimentary consultation.
Relationship Between Cosmetics and Functionality?
We mention functionality at outset because it is an issue that impacts upon cosmetic dentistry. For example, if you have cracked or broken teeth, or if you have teeth that are worn down, it is essential that we examine whether your teeth are functioning properly. If there is a problem with the way they function, cosmetic procedures that do not address the issue will generally not last very long.
Using the latest equipment and drawing on his years of training, Dr. Barras will determine whether your teeth are functioning properly. If necessary, Dr. Barras will address those issues prior to proceeding with cosmetic procedures. Once those issues, if any, are addressed, Dr. Barras will move forward with tooth alignment, veneers, crowns, and/or other cosmetic procedures.
The Cosmetic Dentistry Process
In a broad sense, there are two main issues in cosmetic dentistry. The first is functionality – how well are your teeth functioning – and second, which cosmetic changes will provide you with the smile and look that you want.
What are your objectives?
Are there functionality issues that must be addressed?
Whether it is a bite issue or some other problem with the functioning of your teeth, these types of issues can be identified and addressed before Dr. Barras proceeds with any cosmetic procedures.
Creating the smile and the look you want.
This includes taking an impression of your teeth, creating a model using a world class dental lab, obtaining your approval, creating a temporary model, the creation of a permanent model, and finally, making any adjustments until you are completely satisfied with the result. Whether you want whiter teeth, proper tooth alignment, porcelain veneers or crowns, Dr. Barras has the experience and training to provide you with the result you’re looking for.
Our goal is to provide you with the look you want, and at the same time take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the results are long-lasting and are not compromised by problems with functionality.
Real Patients Before & After Pictures
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are considering one or more cosmetic dental procedures, you no doubt have questions concerning not only the process outlined above, but also the time involved, the cost, as well as other issues. Here are a few of the questions we are often asked:
Q. How long will porcelain veneers or crowns last?
A. While there is always the possibility, as with natural teeth, of porcelain cracking, a proper installation by an experienced cosmetic dentist can be expected to last decades, or even a lifetime.
Q. How long will it take to get veneers?
A. You can expect to have the veneers available in about two weeks after the teeth are prepared and provisional are placed.
Q. How long and how many visits will it take to complete the cosmetic work?
A. This will depend upon which procedure you choose, how many teeth are involved, and other factors. Cosmetic procedures will average around four visits, and each visit will generally last a couple of hours.
Q. Will veneers and other cosmetics stain over time?
A. Because veneers are not porous like natural teeth, stains do not adhere to them. And while certain foods contain residue which may discolor the veneer, the discoloration is not permanent and can be cleared by your hygienist during your regular dental visit.
Q. What is the cost of a cosmetic dental procedure?
A. The cost is dependent upon which procedure is involved, the extent of the work needed, and how many teeth are addressed. Dr. Barras will provide you with the cost at your initial complementary consultation. As a result, you will be aware of the cost in advance.
Q. Is financing available?
A. We work with a third party lender that is familiar with cosmetic dentistry. With approved credit, financing is available and may be spread out over as much as seven years.
Why Choose Dr. John Barras as your Cosmetic Dentist?
Your teeth and your smile affect your appearance perhaps more than any other aspect of your body. Given the advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason why you should continue to live with cracked, broken or discolored teeth, a misaligned bite, missing teeth or similar problems. To understand how cosmetic dentistry can benefit you, speak to a top rated Houston cosmetic dentist.
Dr. John Barras has had extensive training in cosmetic dentistry, including additional training in neuromuscular dentistry at LVI. He utilizes the latest technological advances. He has also had years of experience helping patients to achieve their cosmetic dentistry goals. If you would like to improve your appearance and achieve the perfect smile, call today to schedule your free initial consultation.