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Michael C. Bell DDS, PC
Dentist Austin TX, Cosmetic Dentistry, (512) 792-2669
Dentist Austin TX, Cosmetic Dentistry, (512) 792-2669

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Clear Orthodontics (

ClearCorrect Invisable Braces
Braces that are almost invisible
ClearCorrect invisible braces are the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth so you can show off your beautiful smile. No wires and no brackets … just clear, convenient comfort — and lots of great reasons to smile.

How does it work?
With ClearCorrect invisible braces, 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.

ClearCorrect invisible braces are a great alternative to metal braces
ClearCorrect is the easy and discreet solution to align and straighten a broad range of conditions for a stunning, healthy smile. The fact that it does this so well is remarkable, and the fact that it works with minimal effort is almost unbelievable.

Are you a good candidate for ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect works well for a broad range of patient needs. Contact us to learn more about how ClearCorrect invisible braces can be an amazing and minimally invasive technique for straightening teeth.
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Porcelain Veneers and Crowns (

When you want a solution that is both strong and attractive

There is one main type of porcelain crown that Dr. Bell prefers to use in most to all cases known as lithium dislocate … EMAX Impress is the “brand name.” The great thing about this type of material is not only does it have high strength, but there also is no metal to hide, which gives the crown a more attractive appearance and a natural look. We use this material mostly on molars and pre-molars, as well as front teeth. There are some rare cases where Dr. Bell will recommend a full gold crown for strength purposes for those of our patients who will be better served from one and where durability outweighs aesthetics. Dr. Bell always evaluates each case thoroughly and recommends what treatment he feels will suit each individual patient adequately.

Very strong
No metal to hide
Attractive, natural appearance

In rare cases, a full gold crown may be required to provide additional strength (the gold is more visible than the white porcelain).
The procedure is not necessarily uncomfortable, but it does take slightly longer than a simple cavity filling.

Want to improve your smile? Check out porcelain veneers.

In most cases, porcelain veneers are the longest lasting and most beautiful way to change the appearance of your teeth. Properly done, they are very conservative of tooth structure, and results can be life-changing for those who want to improve their smile and appearance.
Porcelain veneers offer our patients one of the most impressive cosmetic dental options available on the market today. Using porcelain veneers, we can alter your smile in just about any way you can imagine. Some of the cosmetic issues that porcelain veneers can be used to fix include:
Teeth that are too close or far apart
Teeth that are not straight
Teeth that are cracked or chipped
Teeth that are stained or yellowing
Providing a more even aesthetic
Making small teeth appear larger
Making large teeth appear smaller

It usually takes two trips to our office to have veneers placed on your teeth. During the first visit, we will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by shaving off a small amount of the enamel from around your teeth. On your second trip to our office, we will have the porcelain veneers ready to place on your teeth. These veneers are hand crafted and custom-fitted to your teeth.

They are know for lasting a long time
One of the best ways to change the appearance of your teeth
Results can be life-changing!

Veneers are not for every patient, as a certain type of tooth structure is required to support them (we can evaluate your situation).
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Bonding and Tooth Colored Fillings (

Bonding can be a great fit for cosmetically closing spaces between teeth and for helping with gum recession

Can be done in one visit, with minimal tooth reduction
Many times no anesthesia is necessary
Less expensive than laboratory-fabricated restorations
With proper layering of different colors and the translucency of bonding materials, the dentist can match tooth structure as well as (and sometimes better than) the dental laboratory

Bonding is not able to stand up to heavy biting forces, so it tends to wear and break if used in the wrong situations.
Bonding dulls after time and has to be re-polished, whereas porcelain (made in the dental laboratory) is much harder and does not lose its shine or glaze.

Spaces in between two front teeth closed with dental bonding
This case shows how teeth spaces can be closed successfully with bonding. You can see the the spacing of the teeth creating “v”-shaped spaces at the edges. The two front teeth were bonded, and the results were pleasing. Bonding uses white filling material that is placed over the teeth and “bonded” to the teeth with special dental adhesives to create a micromechanical bond. No anesthesia was necessary for this case, and the patient was very happy with her new smile.

A simple and effective cosmetic enhancement

Some call them white fillings, and some call them composite fillings. Our dental practice has been doing them since the early ’90s. These fillings are bonded to the tooth structure, adding strength back to the tooth as well as sealing the interface between the filling and tooth. We use the rubber dam or the Isolite System for moisture control whenever possible, and are very meticulous about our bonding and curing protocol.
How long do white fillings last?
The lifespan of a white filling depends on how large the restoration is compared to the tooth size (smaller ones last longer), as well as the individual patient’s diet and personal care regimen. You should expect them to last about seven to 14 years on average. We have placed many white fillings that were placed with older bonding technology and composite (which doesn’t possess the strength and durability of today’s materials) that are well over 24 years old and still working well.
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Teeth Whitening in Austin, TX
One of the simplest ways to improve your smile
We offer two types of teeth whitening therapy
Take-home whitening trays These are professionally made whitening trays made from accurate dental impressions, 16% or 22% Venus White Max Gel.
In-office whitening This is done in our office in about one and a half hours with a direct application of Venus White Max, a 36% Hydrogen Peroxide whitening gel. When in-office whitening is chosen, a set of custom whitening trays are also made and given with touch up gel for at home use. We usually recommend touching up about every 6 to 9 months.
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Cosmetic Dentistry (

Cosmetic Dentistry Austin TX
How is Dr. Bell different?
The element that sets Dr. Bell apart from other “cosmetic dentists” is that he has the advanced training to make cosmetic cases successful. Here is some of what Dr. Bell does to ensure your cosmetic procedure goes smoothly:

Creates a complete cosmetic work-up before placing porcelain over the front of the teeth
Develops a set of study models that show all aspects of bite relationships
Screens for periodontal disease to ensure your mouth is healthy and ready for a new, beautiful smile

Ongoing education makes a difference
The intense supplemental education Dr. Bell has achieved at the Kois Center in Seattle, Wash., helps ensure you get a more predictable and long-lasting smile.

Also, while the field of aesthetic dentistry has no recognized board certification, unlike for oral surgery or orthodontics, the closest thing to cosmetic certification is accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Dr. Bell is a general member of the AACD and has taken both lecture and hands-on courses in “smile design” from some of the finest cosmetic dentists in the United States. All of this is part of his commitment to continuing education.

A word of warning:
The world of cosmetic dentistry has experienced a sudden boom in the last few years, and the words “cosmetic dentistry” appear in virtually every dentist’s advertisements. Be cautious when selecting a dentist for cosmetic purposes, since so many dentists are claiming to specialize in the field of cosmetics.
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