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Your Cosmetic Dentist in Houston, TX

ENHANCE YOUR SMILE WITH COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Dr. John Krell offers comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services to patients who want to resolve dental issues and do so in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. Whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled, yellow or stained teeth, crooked or gapped teeth, or major smile issues in need of a complete makeover, our team can help.

Why Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?

Our practice performs a variety of procedures that can address underlying issues while simultaneously improving the aesthetics of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry can enhance your oral health, self-esteem, and the appearance of your smile all at the same time. Below, you can learn about some of the treatments we use every day to give people the smile of their dreams.

How to Choose Your Cosmetic Dentist

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When choosing a cosmetic dentist to perform your treatments, it’s important that you recognize that just about any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist without having any qualifications or certifications that prove their abilities or knowledge. That’s why it’s essential that you keep these following points in mind as you choose a cosmetic dentist:

  • Ask them about their previous dental work with other patients.
  • See if they belong to any organizations dedicated to staying updated on cosmetic dental treatments and techniques, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
  • See if the dentist is actually willing to listen to all of your needs, rather than assume you need a specific treatment that you didn’t mention.
  • Do they have the specific treatments that you’re looking for? Are their options varied? Do you find yourself settling for treatments you weren’t initially trying to have completed?
  • Will they be able to complete your smile makeover within your schedule? Do they have multiple vacations planned that prevent you from getting it done quickly?

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Invisalign® Clear Braces

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Sick and tired of looking at your crooked teeth? Want to get them straightened but can’t imagine facing the world with metal braces? With Invisalign, you don’t have to! This system uses clear plastic aligner trays to give you the perfect smile you want and help you look great while doing it. It’s sleek, it’s simple, and you can always take the trays out when it’s time to eat or brush. More and more people are choosing Invisalign because of its look and convenience, and it’s easy to see why.

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Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are one of the most comprehensive cosmetic treatments available today. With just one simple treatment, we can:

  • Instantly whiten your teeth
  • Fix chips and cracks
  • Close obvious gaps
  • Make teeth appear straighter

It’s the best way to enhance a smile that has multiple cosmetic flaws. Each set of porcelain veneers is custom-made, so they can provide everything from a minor touch-up to a complete smile makeover—it’s completely up to you. What are porcelain veneers and how can they do this? Click on the button below to learn more.

What Are Porcelain Veneers

Metal-Free Restorations

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If you damage one of your front teeth, we know it requires extra special care. The appearance of your smile is vital, and we take it very seriously. For this kind of situation, we will only use natural-looking, metal-free restorations such as crowns, inlays, and onlays.

These are completely made out of color-matched dental ceramic, which will allow us to help your restored tooth look just like it did before. Plus, since they are metal-free, you won’t have to deal with any lasting sensitivity to hot or cold.

Teeth Whitening

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Is your smile looking a little dull and yellow lately? Do you have persistent stains that make you hesitate when you smile? Thanks to our professional teeth whitening treatments, we can turn the clock back on your smile and make it shine brighter than ever.

You can either have a complete treatment performed in our office that only takes an hour, or we can give you a customized take-home kit to whiten at your own pace. Both treatments are safe, effective, and provide much better results than anything you can buy at the store today.

Ask about our Free Bleach for Life offer if you’d like to enjoy a fresh white smile for decades to come!

 

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Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening

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Sometimes, the reason a smile might not look its best isn’t because of the teeth, but the gums! An excess of gum tissue can create an unbalanced look and even make the teeth appear short and stubby. We can remedy this using a quick procedure called gum recontouring/crown lengthening. Utilizing a soft tissue laser, we can precisely remove any unwanted gum tissue to reveal more of your beautiful teeth. We’ll help you get that perfectly proportioned look.

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Smile Makeovers

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Our practice understands that sometimes multiple treatments are needed to address several dental issues at a time. Of course, you shouldn’t be expected to build this treatment plan on your own. That’s why Dr. Krell, an experienced cosmetic dentist, is more than prepared to help you determine the best treatments going forward. Whether you need to have multiple restorations or veneers placed, several rounds of teeth whitening performed, or gum recontouring to make more of your smile visible, you can get it done at his office. If you want to address multiple imperfections in your smile, you’re likely the perfect candidate for a smile makeover!

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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Cosmetic dentistry in Houston is an investment in more than just an attractive smile. It’s also an investment in your confidence. Research shows people who like the appearance of their teeth tend to have a more positive outlook on life. Not to mention, you’ll give the right impression when meeting new people for the first time. Although you know it will benefit you in several areas, it’s normal to have several questions before you’re ready to commit to a treatment. Your dentist will take the time to address your concerns during your initial consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help you make the best choice.

Can teens get cosmetic dentistry?

Believe it or not, there are some cosmetic procedures suitable for teens, like direct bonding, teeth whitening, Invisalign, or all-ceramic restorations. In some cases, your teen may need to have all their permanent teeth, but your dentist in Houston will perform a comprehensive examination to ensure cosmetic dentistry is right for them.

What treatments will I need?

Your dentist performs a comprehensive examination and discusses the results you want to achieve to create a personalized plan. Depending on your concerns, you may only need a simple whitening treatment, while others may have several flaws they’d like to improve. If you have multiple issues you’d like to have resolved, you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers. They instantly improve the color, size, shape, and proportion of a tooth to fix several aesthetic concerns using a single procedure. In as little as 2 appointments, you can have your dream smile.

How long will the process take?

There is no easy way to tell how long the process will take without first having a consultation because it’s determined by your individual plan. For patients who only want to make minor improvements, like fix a chipped tooth or reverse discoloration, you can have the results you want after one appointment. For those who want a straight smile or need significant alternations made to their teeth, it can take several weeks to months depending on your treatment plan. We understand your time is valuable, which is why we use the latest technologies and maintain flexible office hours to streamline the process.

Will my dental insurance pay for cosmetic dentistry?

It’s rare for an insurance company to pay the entire cost of a cosmetic treatment, but there are some instances when it may cover a portion of the total. If your dentist deems a cosmetic procedure necessary to improve your dental health, like an all-ceramic restoration, your insurance carrier may pay for some of the cost.

You’ll need to pay your annual deductible to access your yearly allowance. We will work on behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims and paperwork, so you have one less thing to worry about. We will take the time to discuss your payment options for any remaining balance, like using third-party financing with CareCredit.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Cosmetic Procedure?

Generally, you need to be in good oral health before receiving veneers, teeth whitening, or any other cosmetic procedure. You also need to be willing to maintain that health by brushing and flossing every day.

When it comes to deciding whether you’re a candidate for a specific procedure, it mainly depends on the kind of changes you want to make. For example, whitening is primarily used to improve the tooth’s color, but a porcelain veneer can make several corrections at once. If you’re not sure what kind of treatment you’ll need, schedule a consultation with Dr. Krell. Once he knows exactly what you want in your new smile, he can start designing an appropriate treatment plan for you.

How Many Porcelain Veneers Will I Need?

The two major factors that decide the number of porcelain veneers you’ll need are the size of your smile and the extent of the corrections you want to make. How many teeth do you see when you smile? The more that are visible, the more that need to be considered when getting veneers. Once you’ve done that, think about the changes you want to make. Are you trying to improve the color of your smile? If so, you’ll probably need to have every visible tooth covered. On the other hand, if you’re fine with the color but want to cover a crack on a specific tooth, you’ll likely only need one veneer to get the job done.

Does Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?

Teeth whitening is considered a very safe procedure, thanks in no small part to the oversight of a dentist. Dr. Krell will take several protective measures to prevent your gums from being damaged by the bleaching agents. There shouldn’t be any long-term issues, although you might notice some temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.

Keep in mind that the bleaching agents used by our dentists have been approved by the American Dental Association.  That means that in general they’re far more reliable and less likely to cause unintended damage than at-home remedies such as charcoal whitening.

Can Whitening Always Effective?

While a professional whitening can reliably get rid of extrinsic and intrinsic stains, there are certain kinds of discoloration that might not be affected. For example, if you were given the antibiotic tetracycline as a child, you might have grown up with severely stained teeth. Tetracycline usually changes the color of the dentin (the layer between the enamel and the pulp); since whitening is primarily used to remove stains in the enamel, it may not be able to effectively treat tetracycline stains in the dentin. Fortunately, you can still brighten your smile dramatically by covering your discolored teeth with porcelain veneers.

Will My New Smile Be Permanent?

Every cosmetic treatment requires maintenance if you want the effects to last. In most cases, that means brushing and flossing every day. You’ll also need to return to our office for regular checkups; this gives Dr. Krell a chance to touch up the results of your treatment.