It’s no secret that everyone wants beautiful, straight smiles! To help our patients achieve this, ClearCorrect invisible braces are a great alternative to metal braces. No wires and no brackets … just clear, convenient comfort — and lots of great reasons to smile.
With ClearCorrect, we can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.
This remarkably effective and discreet solution aligns and straightens a broad range of conditions. Compared to traditional wires and brackets, clear aligners are:
Dr. Bell had metal braces before invisible braces were an option, and we asked him to share a memory or experience from that time with us. In case you’re in need of a chuckle, here’s what he said:
“I was having a nice dinner at Pecan Street Cafe with my wife at the time, and we were splitting an order of blueberry crepes. I said something witty (I thought) and smiled. Then she started laughing hysterically, and I kept asking her what was so funny? She couldn’t stop laughing every time I talked, and finally she told me to go look at my teeth in the bathroom (while still laughing). I went to the restroom and discovered I had soft blueberries in every wire and bracket of my braces! It looked so bad I started laughing hysterically too!”
On the flip side of that story, our amazing longtime patient Katie Blackwell is one of the many fans and users of ClearCorrect at our dental office. Katie says:
“I love picking up my Clear Correct aligners so my teeth can be even more straight and perfect! Huge thanks to the BEST dentist in all of the land, Dr. Michael C. Bell. ♥️”
Contact us today to find out if you are a good candidate for this minimally invasive technique for straightening teeth. To find out more about Dr. Bell’s clear orthodontics, click here.
CEREC Primescan is a breakthrough computerized 3D technology and replaces the CEREC Omnicam with improved ease of use for the patient and accuracy for the dentist. This technology allows us to create custom dental crowns and veneers right in our office. By using this advanced technology, we can give our patients custom excellently matched and, superbly fitted dental crowns— all during a single appointment!
The creation and placement of a custom-designed dental crown is one of the most commonly performed treatments in dentistry. Dental crowns fit over the entire tooth and are typically used to reinforce a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed. They are also normally required for restoring teeth after root canal procedures and placing teeth on dental implants. Crowns are one of the most predicable and long-lasting dental restorations.
In the past, crowns and other types of dental restorations traditionally required a time-consuming process that would normally take weeks. With advances in the CEREC in-office milling system, that process can be completed in about TWO HOURS rather than TWO WEEKS! No temporary crowns, no second visit to fit the crowns! CEREC crowns can be made right here at the Westlake Hills office of Dr. Michael C. Bell in a single appointment!
CEREC dental crowns also do not require you to have a physical dental impression, which necessitates placing a gooey impression material in a tray in your mouth for several minutes. With CEREC, the impression is taken digital scan and a digital file is created, then a computer program is used to design your dental restoration to a very custom dental anatomy based on incredible algorithms to mimic your existing natural teeth. The result— Westlake Hills dentist Dr. Bell will create a precisely fitting and natural looking dental crown.
CEREC crowns are ultimately superior to Lab made crowns. Studies show that CEREC crowns are more accurate than a lab-fabricated crown.
The process in which a lab crown is made has so many steps involved which can introduce inaccuracies from the initial impression to the variability of the laboratory techniques and skill of the lab technician. Even if all the variables in the impression and laboratory are as perfect as they can be, it’s still not as accurate as a direct 3D scan of the mouth directly into the computer, and the milling process is much more accurate in the fit of the final crown.
While the large majority of our crowns will be scanned and made ‘in house’, there are situations where the optical scanner may not be able to ‘read’ the whole tooth. So, if the crown must go way below the gumline due to decay or an old restoration that was placed deeply to begin with, the technique with impressions and temporary crowns will be necessary. This will be the exception, but will give the better result in certain cases where the scanner optics cannot ‘see’ below the gumline.
With CEREC Primescan, your restoration is scanned accurately within a few microns and then the crown is milled in less than five minutes. We then will place the crown in our porcelain oven to crystallize, harden and characterize the porcelain to match your other teeth. The CEREC crowns often times need virtually no adjustments and is placed the same day. This is especially beneficial for multiple crowns as the computer will design everything as ideally as possible, taking into account the patient’s bite and current dentition, as well as the patients desires and Dr. Bells care, skill, and judgement.
The Primescan and CEREC milling technology is an outward sign of our commitment to provide the most advanced and comfortable care for our patients. It is a pleasure to be of service to you, your family, and friends
See if you are a good candidate for the CEREC crown.Schedule a Consultation today
Our dental office in the heart of Westlake Hills has completed an in-depth curriculum called Total Health Academy. What does it mean to be a certified practice in Total Health Dentistry, you ask? It means we can help our patients play a critical role in their oral and their overall systemic health.
It wasn’t too long ago that dentists thought the mouth was its own private space and that not much of what went on in there was linked to the rest of the body– and vice versa. Signs of the most prevalent systemic diseases we encounter today, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, acid reflux, fungal infections, and food sensitivities show up in abundance inside the mouth. This makes it impossible to ignore the many connections between the mouth and the body.
As well, oral diseases (such as periodontal disease, caries, oral pharyngeal cancer, and bite and jaw problems) often aggravate and can wreak havoc with the rest of your systemic health. Our goal is to become a health resource to direct you to excellent practitioners who agree with our philosophy… We want to help you maintain and improve your health, not just treat problems and disease as they arise.
Our new knowledge in total health dentistry means we can play a critical role in ensuring you live a happier, healthier life. We know you’ll experience a wonderful difference with Best Austin Dentist Dr. Bell and his Westlake Hills dental practice. From ages 12 to 105 years old, we will work together to prevent, predict, and preempt disease. And we’ll help you achieve your healthiest self at every age with a great smile to boot!
It’s no secret that West Lake Hills dentist Dr. Bell and his team are known for their use of the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide complete and accurate diagnoses of dental conditions, as well as patient comfort and safety, but many Austinites don’t know exactly what Dr. Bell’s arsenal of high-technology dental tools includes or the various benefits they bring to patients.
One of the many technologically advanced dentistry tools Dr. Bell has in his Austin office is the DEKA CO2 laser that makes it possible in many cases to perform dental implants without the use of a scalpel, which is the typical procedure. The CO2 laser by DEKA is the same laser dermatologists use, but the it has been specially modified for soft tissue in the mouth. In dentistry, the use of the laser allows very small incisions with minimal trauma, no bleeding, and shorter procedure time. Patients report much greater comfort levels as well as faster healing with the use of the laser.
The CO2 laser can also be used for biopsies, with benefits to the patient including no sutures or post-surgery antibiotics needed, faster healing time and no scarring.
“The CO2 laser is an amazing technological advancement for performing dental surgery and dental implants. The CO2 laser decontaminates the surgical area and creates an optimal environment for healing. This provides a great advantage to our patients,” says Dr. Bell.
In addition, there are no restrictions for the CO2 laser in cases of conditions including pregnancy, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, transplants, pacemakers, or any cardiovascular disease.
One of Dr. Bell’s patients, David Schuette, can testify to the dramatic difference between getting dental implants the old way and having the implants with the CO2 laser.
Dr. Bell’s patient David says: “I had the first implant one week with regular incisions, and a second implant two weeks later with the laser. The first implant was more painful, the area was swollen for several days, and in general had a bigger impact on my body.”
According to DEKA, the manufacturer of the $57,000 laser, the CO2 laser is the best choice for performing dental surgery on soft tissue. The laser energy makes it possible to cut and vaporize the soft tissues without any bleeding, rendering it extremely valid for surgery in highly vascularized areas, such as the oral mucosa, palate, and tongue.
With the development of microprocessors, the energy pulse of the CO2 lasers can be “super pulsed,” which gives the tissue recovery time to dissipate the laser energy. This allows a major improvement in working speed and efficiency on soft tissue, with minimal thermal damage to the treated tissues.
The result? Faster healing and more comfortable outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Bell’s other state-of-the-art dental technological devises, visit https://mbelldds.com/about-us/dental-technology/.
Veneers are a beautiful addition to any smile that might not be perfect. These are small pieces of porcelain that are placed in the mouth and mimic real-life teeth. However, they are not like crowns. They actually just stick to the front of the teeth to provide them with a different appearance.
Unlike having dentures or other prosthetics put in the mouth, these are placed in the front of the mouth and do not require the person to take them out and set them aside at any point. They do, however, have to be replaced from time to time since they are just an outer coating on the tooth.
Veneers can provide a solution to many oral problems in the mouth. Usually these problems are all cosmetic so this is something to think about when it comes to covering up unsightly areas in the mouth. Gaps in the teeth, chipped or broken teeth or even crooked or stained teeth can be fixed with the use of veneers placed on the outside of the mouth.
Veneers can help a person gain more of their self-confidence back and ensure that when they smile, they have a beautiful smile. Veneers are also more cost effective than having other procedures done in the mouth, making them an ideal choice for many. They can also straighten, whiten or just change the overall shape and appearance of the teeth.
Want to know more about cosmetic dentistry and ways you can have your teeth fixed?
Give us a call here and we would be more than happy to set up an appointment to speak with you more regarding veneers and other cosmetic dental procedures that can be done. We are always happy to see new clients in our dental office.
When you notice signs of a cavity, it is important that you know what to do in order to take care of the problem that you are experiencing. No one should have to worry about having pain or other problems in the mouth.
Never let any oral problems go on for too long without getting fixed since you want to make sure that the smaller problems are taken care of and do not become larger problems.
Give your dentist a call if you notice signs of a cavity first and foremost. This is the only way to have the problem truly fixed when it comes down to it. You want to make sure that they are able to come in and provide the right work that needs to be done so that you can have a more comfortable way to eat and talk, as well as smile. Cavities can be quite painful if they are not taken care of.
When you feel that you have a cavity, make sure to keep the area clean until you can see a dentist. Take over the counter pain medications and use numbing agents until you are able to be seen in the office. It is important that you cover the area if the cavity is large to protect it from getting anything inside it. There are cavity filling kits that can be purchased over the counter to help cover the area for a short period of time.
Speak with our dentists here to have more information than you ever thought possible about oral care and being able to smile with confidence. You want the best for the smile that you have and with the help of our knowledgeable dental professionals, we ensure that you have a beautiful, whiter smile in no time.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that does a lot to help to prevent cavity formation in your teeth. When you suffer from insufficient levels of the element, you become susceptible to dental caries and weak enamel formation that leads to easy breakage of your teeth.
A number of ways can help you determine if you need to have a fluoride treatment. Apart from preventing tooth decay, fluoride can also be useful to prevent acid attacks precipitated by plaque buildup and bacterial accumulation. Some signs that tell you need to undergo fluoride treatment include:
From a bigger perspective, it is easy to tell if you have insufficient fluoride in your body. Children, most especially, are susceptible to have tooth decay because the enamel of their teeth is still developing. If you live in a community where nearly half of the population suffers from tooth decay, it is a sign that fluoride is missing, possibly in your water source or you lack the element in your body.
One clear indication of the lack of fluoride in your system is the demineralization of your teeth. The appearance of white spots on your teeth indicates that you are not getting enough supply of fluoride to make the enamel stronger.
The lack of the essential teeth formation element in your body tends to create a weaker set of whites which is susceptible to cavity formation. They will also appear with a different color as opposed to the natural teeth that you have. In such cases, a fluoride treatment will help even out the color and help prevent demineralization.
If you want to know more about fluoride treatments, simply contact us and we will be delighted to provide you with any additional information.
Intraoral camera is slowly invading the dental industry because of its less invasive nature, it is able to uncover problems and any other dental issues you possibly might have. The procedure cuts the process half in time, reduces pain and discomfort on the part of the patient, and saves a patient´s teeth along the process.
Using cameras to navigate the oral cavity of a patient, a dentist can easily detect problems without having the patient open his mouth for a number of hours. This great dental advancement makes a dental visit more comfortable and encouraging.
One main reason why people choose to skip dental visits is the uncomfortable and anxious feeling of opening your mouth and having the dentist poke through it. Additionally, some dental procedures need to be done for a couple of sessions, which makes it even scarier.
An intraoral camera is not only less invasive, but can be helpful to detect oral health problems at the onset. It can be used to identify possible dental health problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Apart from that, having an oral problem detected early on will prevent major damages to your teeth.
Aside from detecting an oral condition in its early stages, an intraoral camera comes with other features that make it more functional. It can be outfitted with a magnifier to enhance dental probing or am LED light for a better visual clarity. These features make treatment better than the conventional means which is done scrupulously.
More than the diagnostic benefits, an intraoral camera can be used to help patients understand the condition of their teeth. Dentists sometimes find it hard to explain to their patients and the apparatus can be used to educate them comfortably.
Intraoral cameras are the latest innovation in the dental field. If you want to learn more, simply contact us.
Getting sick does not mean taking a vacation from caring for your teeth. It may be more difficult, but it is an important part of getting better. You need to keep the germs in your mouth down, so it does not cause you to relapse and get sick all over again.
Plus, if you have been vomiting, you need to clean the acids out of your mouth as soon as possible. Here are a few things that can help keep your mouth clean and healthy when you get sick.
Brushing should go from two times a day up to three, as you are lying there trying to feel better, but moving, speaking, and eating far less than usual in most cases. This allows the bacteria to quickly multiply, so getting them out of your mouth quickly is essential.
If you have been vomiting, rinse with water right after, then after about 30 minutes, brush your teeth. This keeps the bacteria levels down, and lessens the chances of you getting sick all over again, or getting worse while already fighting this off.
Mouthwash is good to use at least 2-3 times per day when you are sick. It helps to rid your mouth of extra bacteria and any food particles you may have missed the last time you brushed. It can be used after brushing, or between brushing.
Make sure, if you get sick that as soon as you start to feel even slightly better, you replace your toothbrush. You do not want to put that dirty toothbrush back into your mouth with those bacteria and germs on it. It is nearly a guarantee that you will get sick again if you do.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today.
So many ask why baking soda is a preferred at-home whitening method. Not only is this a natural product that so many people keep in their baking cupboards, but it is one that is also effective.
Understanding a bit how it works can give you some information on whether or not this is the best whitening method for you to use. Consider some of these aspects regarding baking soda and what it does for the teeth that might be stained in your mouth.
The makeup of baking soda is awesome. Not only does it work as a minor abrasive, but this means that it can scrub off those surface stains that are on the outside of the teeth. You don’t have to worry about scrubbing it in either.
Mix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste. Add the paste over the top of the teeth and let it sit there for some time. This gives the person a way to whiten the teeth without having to worry about scrubbing any mixtures, using any lights or having to go through extensive, invasive treatments.
The baking soda is a natural component and just a little bit of sitting on your teeth, you will see whitening results in a matter of days. This is why so many people choose to use it over chemical methods available.
While baking soda is ideal for surface stains, sometimes other stains will not remove from the surface of the teeth. If this is the case, then it is important that the person call us to speak with our dentists regarding other whitening methods that we provide. We can ensure that your smile is whiter, healthier and happier in the end.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today.