Cosmetic Dentistry Transforms smiles AND lives
We see patients every day who hide their smile teeth when they talk or laugh. How would a more beautiful smile make you feel? As an internationally recognized cosmetic dentist in San Antonio, Dr. Bec blends art, medicine and the latest digital advancements to craft gorgeous new smiles. If you are dreaming of a new smile, don’t just google “best cosmetic dentist near me.” Dr. Bec has been recognized by his professional colleagues, such as Dr. Amy Jackson at South Texas Orthodontics, as the Cosmetic Dentist who consistently produces excellent cosmetic results for his patients. Furthermore, he was awarded fellowships in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics.
Don’t put up with an ugly smile. Ask us how cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile and your life.
- Smile Makeovers: Before & After
Precision Smile Makeovers by Dr. John Bec
When Cosmetic Dentistry Saves Marriages & Jobs
Sound crazy? Not to us – We witness the power of new smiles every day.
A New Smile Saved Carlos’s Marriage
Carlos* came in depressed with his marriage on the rocks. Multiple health problems had strained their relationship and left him with neglected, ugly teeth. He felt beat down by life and was hoping that fixing his teeth would rebuild his confidence. People underestimate the impact that a confident smile has on the people around them. He chose us because he heard that we’re the best cosmetic dentist in San Antonio. Now, with his new smile. Carlos no longer comes in beaten down. His new confidence and bright smiles have had a huge impact on restoring his marriage. After all, who doesn’t want a happier, healthier, more confident spouse?
Johnny’s New Smile Got Him His Dream Job
Johnny* finished college as a straight-A, computer science major. Unfortunately, sipping soda in the lab every day had left him with rotten smile teeth. By the time he came to us, he was depressed after trying to get a job for more than a year. He could never get past the initial interview because his teeth made him look like a loser. No one took him seriously in spite of his GPA. It sounds shallow, but it happens. People have a hard time looking past your outside appearance.
Your smile impacts your image and reputation. We remade Johnny’s front smile teeth with cosmetic bonding and he had a successful job interview the next week!
Ashley’s Gorgeous New Smile Gave Her Confidence Again After Her Accident
Ashley, a beautiful young mother, came to us after an accident left her with broken front teeth. She was embarrassed to smile and wanted to feel pretty again. The day we finished her new smile teeth, we all cried along with her when she saw her gorgeous new smile and tears of joy began to run down her face.
We meet people every day who struggle with depression and lack of confidence because of ugly teeth. The psychological pain often hurts worse than the physical pain. Everyone has a deep need to smile freely & express themselves without embarrassment!
Multi-Disciplinary Smile Makeover
When Creating a New Smile Takes a Bigger Team
We partner with the region’s best specialists to bring you the best results possible.
Silver Amalgam Filling Replacement
Are Silver Amalgam Fillings Darkening Your Teeth?
Let’s be honest, most everyone knows that old amalgam fillings contain mercury?
Julia’s New Smile Gave Her Courage to Move on After Divorce
Julia* married her high school sweetheart. They moved to Texas excited about the future, but things didn’t work out. She felt alone and insecure. She initially only wanted to fix one stained tooth. However, when she saw how great it looked, she decided to go for a whole new smile. The day she finished, she was positively glowing with joy and courage to face what her new life would bring.
If your smile problems are causing life problems, schedule a consultation today to find out how cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile and your future. As the leading Cosmetic Dentistry Team in San Antonio, making new smiles is one of the most meaningful things we do!
The Secret only dentist’s know: good smile Design Makes or Breaks Your Teeth…literally
A young lady recently came to fix some old fillings on her front teeth. She’d already seen two dentists who had both insisted veneers were the only way to fix her teeth. After I understood what this patient wanted, I took a series of diagnostic photos and x-rays and compared them with what I found in her mouth. Guess what? She has an unhealthy, imbalanced bite. Any veneers put on those teeth with her bite the way it is are going to chip or fall off in a matter of weeks. Her bite would put unnatural stress on them and cause them to fail. That’s why her old fillings are failing too. The Smile Design Process a dentist uses is what makes the difference between beautiful, long-lasting dentistry and failed dentistry.
Just FYI, don’t ever accept expensive treatment plans from someone who didn’t take sufficient photos and x-rays to really see what you have going on in your mouth. And don’t trust someone who doesn’t take the time to study those records and study your mouth. Short cuts in getting to know you, your mouth and your needs lead to disappointment. Short cuts in planning lead to failed treatment and wasted money. The smile design process matters.
Our 5-Step Smile Design Process
Step 1: Getting to Know You
You are so much more than your dental problems. To best help you, we need to know you: Who are you? What are you looking for?
Think about it – How can I design your idea smile if I don’t know what your ideal smile looks like to you? How can I fix something you don’t like if I don’t understand what you don’t like about it? What matters to you and what can you afford? Recommending an ideal treatment that you can’t afford is worthless to you. Maybe you need a short term temporary solution. Maybe you need phased treatment. Are you in a hurry?
There are many ways to create a new smile and we want to pick the method that matches your vision, your timeline and your budget. This happens at the consultation and exam. If your case is complex, it may take more than one visit. The success of your treatment depends on understanding you and your mouth.
Step 2: The 2-Dimensional Planning Phase
We take photos of your current smile from different angles and distances. We analyze the teeth color, shape and sizes, current wear patterns, chips, etc and complete a facial analysis, including facial proportions and lip thickness positions. Once we know what we’re dealing with, we can make a plan.
Step 3: The 3-Dimensional Planning Phase
We make stone models fabricated from preliminary teeth impressions taken during your initial visit. Digitally or by hand, we will then create models of the desired teeth. These models show us how the teeth will look and also tell us exactly how to prepare the teeth for restorations.
Step 4: The Trial Phase
Depending on the number of teeth involved, we sometimes use the models to create Prototype Teeth Restorations. Teeth are prepared accordingly and these prototype restorations are cemented or bonded. During the next several days, weeks or even months, we will evaluate the success of our planning: specifically the form (dental esthetics) and function (chewing and speech) of the new teeth.
In the case you see here, prototypes were needed to finish the case design. You can see this patient’s gorgeous final teeth below in the Restoration Phase picture!
Finally, Step 5: The Restoration Phase
Once you and our Cosmetic Dentist team are satisfied with the design. Porcelain Teeth Restorations are fabricated according to the specific shapes and sizes of the models or Trial Teeth. These restorations then can be bonded or cemented with a very high degree of confidence they will meet the your expectations.
Each step in this process is critical to producing the results patients are expecting. Skipping steps leads to compromised outcomes and patient dissatisfaction. So many people complain about sub-par dentistry they had done by speed-foused dentists. This planning process takes extra time and yield superior results.
From Blah to Brilliant!
Cosmetic Dentistry & Teeth Whitening
We use the advanced KOR Whitening system to whiten and brighten stained teeth. KOR is considered the most effective whitening system because it can treat both regular staining as well as brown tetracycline stains that doctors used to think were untreatable.
KOR is also the only whitening system that includes a sensitivity reducing step in the daily whitening process. Whitening with KOR is fast and long lasting thanks to the combination of at-home and in-office whitening treatments. Read more about the Science of Whitening and Sensitivity induced by Whitening Gels.
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Cosmetic Bonding: Instant New Teeth
Tooth-Colored fillings do more than fix cavities!
They create a whole new smile when teeth are severely discolored, misshapen, or broken. In a process called bonding, tooth-colored composite is “bonded” to the fronts of teeth to make beautiful new teeth.
Tooth-colored composite bonding does absorb stain over several years and needs to be re-polished or replaced more frequently than porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. Despite the required maintenance, bonding is the fastest and least expensive way to get a new smile! Schedule a consultation today to find out how we can help you get the smile you want.
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Veneers: Minimally Invasive, Maximally Beautiful
What do you do if your teeth are healthy but don’t look good? Porcelain veneers give you a new smile with sacrificing the least amount of healthy tooth structure. Getting veneers only requires shaving off a tiny amount (on average 0.5 mm) from the front of each tooth. Veneers are like a face lift for your teeth.
Buyer Beware: If veneers are not made to fit properly, they can crack, break or fall off. When they do properly fit your teeth, they provide a gorgeous smile that can last for years. The key? Be sure your dentist includes a thorough bite analysis in the treatment planning phase! Don’t visit an Austin cosmetic dentist or a cosmetic dentistry office in San Antonio that doesn’t talk about bite analyses. Otherwise, you may find your beautiful new smile cracking up. Learn more about Veneers
Cosmetic Ortho: Balance Then Beauty
Have you ever seen anyone whose front smile teeth look like chicklets or horse teeth?
This typically happens when a dentist tries to “do you a favor” and fix large gaps with huge crowns or veneers instead of orthodontic treatment and then veneers. Orthodontic problems always need to be corrected with orthodontic solutions. Smile, teeth and face Proportions must be kept balanced for Cosmetic Dentistry to be successful. Ignoring proportions causes ugly results and unsatisfied patients! Learn more about Invisalign
Real Life Example:
In the pictures below you see our patient who wanted to correct the gap between his front teeth. In order to keep everything proportional, we had to use Invisalign to spread the space out between the teeth before doing a try-in and final veneers.
What kind of dentist thinks giving you horse teeth is a favor?
These types of favors happen frequently when people simply go to whatever dentist comes up in a google search of “cosmetic dentist near me.” Just because a dentist lists cosmetic dentistry as a service on their website doesn’t make them a qualified cosmetic dentist. Check their qualifications if you want the best results.
Cosmetic Dentistry & Crowns: Rebuild, Strengthen & Beautify
When teeth are severely broken, decayed or defective, fillings and veneers don’t work. The only restoration that looks natural, protects the tooth and can replace a large amount of tooth structure is a full tooth crown.
Creating beautiful, natural looking crowns is a team sport. The dentist has to design your new tooth and pick the material that will best match your other teeth, while a dental lab follows the dentist’s design.
Crowns & Veneers by Dr. Bec
Crowns by Dr. Bec
Goodbye Ugly Metal Margins!
Crown materials have advanced amazingly in recent years. Ugly metal margins are never an issue these days because crowns are made from new materials that are 100% tooth colored, stronger and more life-like than ever. We choose the crown material based on the condition and color of the teeth being repaired, bite relationship, and the type of smile that each patient has in mind.
The lab that makes the crown is super important, too. Getting a beautiful strong new crown depends on choosing a lab that has the skill and equipment to create the dentist’s design. Here at Precision Cosmetic Dentistry & Digital Dentures, we only use dental labs located in the USA with certified technicians, verified materials and long-term success record. A good crown design is meaningless with a bad lab, and poor lab work is one of the major reasons crowns fail. Check out our finished cases in our patient gallery and you’ll see why dentists’ consider us the office with the best cosmetic dentistry in San Antonio and the best Austin cosmetic dentist.
A Word to the Wise about Dental Labs
When you get new crowns or veneers, who actually MAKES the new smile teeth? The dentist designs it, but most dentists don’t have in office labs like ours to actually make it. So who does? An independent dental lab does. Your dentist sends the tooth “prescription” with all the planning details and models to a dental lab where a lab technician crafts your new smile teeth. Some of our crowns are made by Dr. Bec personally, in house. Others go out to the best lab in the country.
Choosing a good lab is one of the most important decisions your dentist makes. The best dentist’s work is worthless if his lab makes mistakes or uses cheap materials. But that seems obvious so why mention it??
Here’s the key. Labs vary widely both in quality AND in price. Prices depend on materials, equipment and training. Excellent labs charge dentists hundreds of dollars per crown. Many choose cheaper labs to save money. Some dentists even send their designs to China to be created at the lowest prices with unknown materials.
Your health and satisfaction are our highest priority
We want our patients to have peace of mind. Therefore, we only use labs in the USA with a proven track record of the highest quality dental lab work. We know our labs’ technicians personally and work with them constantly to guarantee our patients get the best results possible. We also refuse to use any crowns or lab-created restorations that don’t match our original designs and will have them re-made even if it means we pay twice.
Sometimes lab mistakes mean that a patient has to wait another week or two to get the final tooth. We understand that it’s frustrating to make multiple trips to the dentist, but refusing to use a defective crown is one way we can protect our patients from dental emergencies down the road.
Protect your mouth and your investment by always asking your dentist where their labs are located and how they choose their labs. We practice cosmetic dentistry in San Antonio and use the best USA labs!
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