Enjoy a two visit smile makeover

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Smile MakeoverMany patients in the area of Austin, TX are interested in achieving the look of a beautiful, flawless smile. When a patient is struggling with the appearance of their teeth, they may shy away from speaking to their dentist about their desires. Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia encourages patients to be open and honest with him so he can assist them with a two-visit smile makeover!

How can a smile be improved in just two visits?

Some patients are seeking subtle changes to the appearance of their smile, while others need to make dramatic improvements. Regardless, Smiles by Garcia offers several cosmetic dentistry solutions for patients. With the use of today’s beautiful materials and by combining Dr. Arturo Garcia’s artistic abilities, patients can improve their self-confidence with a smile makeover.

During the first visit, the teeth are prepared with the removal of tooth enamel on the teeth being improved. Impressions are made and then sent off to a laboratory to create a restoration fabricated from porcelain. Patients have temporary restorations bonded over their prepared teeth while they wait for their final restorations to come back to the dental office. Patients return for the second visit. During this appointment, the temporary restorations are removed and the final restoration are bonded in place. Patients will leave this appointment with a completely transformed smile!

What restorations are used in a two visit smile makeover?

There are many different cosmetic dentistry solutions available at Smiles by Garcia. A smile makeover may include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding

During the initial evaluation, the dentist will speak to the patient about his or her desires to develop an appropriate treatment plan to achieve these results. Our team will ensure that the smile makeover is affordable and attainable for the patient. Our front office team can also arrange for payment plans and financing options to help patients in obtaining the smile they’ve always dreamed of!

Request an appointment today!

Consult with Dr. Arturo Garcia to discuss the needs of your smile today. With just two appointments, your perfect smile can be achieved! Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the practice at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite #210. We accept new patients and families seeking quality dental care!

How often should you change your toothbrush?

DentistWhile everyone knows that they need to brush their teeth after every meal, they may not be aware of how often they need to replace their toothbrush or what kind to get. These are questions that Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX encourages his patients to ask. With the knowledge they need, most patients are able to care for their teeth and gums and keep problems such as cavities and periodontal disease away!

How often should you change your toothbrush?

The American Dental Association and dental professionals recommend that patients replace their toothbrush at least every three months or when the bristles of the toothbrush become frayed. This is to ensure that the toothbrush maintains its effectiveness. In addition, patients who are sick will need to replace their toothbrush when they are well, as the germs on the toothbrush can reinfect them with the illness. This is also why patients should not share toothbrushes, as germs can pass back and forth. Patients who have periodontal disease should also avoid sharing toothbrushes, as the bacteria in their mouth can be transmitted to those who use the toothbrush.

What type of toothbrush should I purchase?

Many patients will be just find with a soft-bristled toothbrush that can be found at most drugstores. However, other patients love the cleaner feeling they get with an electric toothbrush. The type of toothbrush you buy will vary depending on your personal preferences. Our dentists do find that the electric toothbrushes are more effective at getting between teeth, but when patients floss, they can also achieve the same results. Patients who buy an electric toothbrush will need to consider a variety of preferences to get the one they like the best, including power supply, pressure sensors, and timers.

Discuss toothbrush selection and replacement with Dr. Arturo Garcia

If you reside in the area of Austin, TX and want to work with a dental team that is committed to providing quality care for you and your family, contact Smiles by Garcia at (512) 402-5872. The practice is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210.

How Long Does It Take to Fully Treat Periodontal Disease?

At Smiles by Garcia, we are committed to ensuring patients in the area of Austin, TX have access to the dental services they need to achieve healthy smiles. We also educate patients on the benefits of keeping the smile clean and healthy. This includes the avoidance of problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

An infection of the smile is often diagnosed as periodontal disease. This condition, which is sometimes referred to as gum disease, can impact the health of the smile—and of one’s body. The infection can travel through the bloodstream and increase a patient’s risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. This is why it is incredibly important for patients to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible and seek treatment. Patients can avoid the development of this condition by maintaining proper oral health habits and visiting the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and evaluations.

Is periodontal disease curable?

Once periodontal disease has developed, it cannot be cured. Instead, it can only be controlled and maintained. Periodontal disease is often spotted by a dentist due to:

  • Complaints of persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing
  • Inflammation and swelling of the gum tissues
  • Thorough evaluations performed in the dentist’s office
  • The development of pockets between tissues and teeth where bacteria may harbor

Treatment of periodontal disease will vary depending on the stage at which the condition has reached. For example, the earlier stages of periodontal disease may be easily treated with a thorough dental cleaning at Smiles by Garcia. while later stages may require antibiotic treatment or scaling and root planing. When the condition is diagnosed, the dentist can create a treatment plan for the patient. This customized plan will help patients bring their smile back to health and keep their condition from getting worse.

How long does it take to full treat periodontal disease?

Many patients want to know how long it will take to address their condition. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine due to many different factors that will impact treatment time. Patients should follow their dentist’s recommendations to bring the smile back to health and avoid worsening of the infection.

Discuss periodontal care with the team at Smiles by Garcia today!

Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX is pleased to provide comprehensive dental care for patients in and around the community. Schedule your appointment by calling (512) 402-5872 today!

Stop cavities with fillings

At Smiles by Garcia, patients in the Austin, TX area have access  to dental professionals who are dedicated to ensuring patients have healthy smiles free from dental decay. Dental decay, often referred to as cavities, can be detrimental to the smile. It can impact the health of the smile and can cause the loss of a tooth if it is not treated.

What causes dental decay?

Most cases of cavities are caused by poor oral health care habits. Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia educates patients on the importance of proper brushing and flossing after every meal to maintain a healthy smile. Additionally, routine visits to the dentist allow Dr. Arturo Garcia to evaluate the smile, look for signs of decay, and treat them as soon as possible. Cavities are often addressed with the use of dental fillings.

Understanding the purpose of fillings

Many patients have heard of fillings, but may not be aware of their purpose. Fillings are used to “fill” areas of decay. This not only stops the decay from progressing, but protects the tooth from further damage or infection that can result if food or bacteria gets into the canals of the teeth. The most popular type of filling is that of composite resin bonding. This material is a clay-like material that can be molded onto or inside of a tooth. The material is then cured and hardened using a special light device. The dentist can then file down the filling and polish it to give it the same shine and appearance as natural tooth enamel. When done properly, these tooth-colored fillings cannot be detected by others within the smile, ensuring the best cosmetic appearance when completed. Some dentist may use other materials for fillings, including silver amalgam or metal, but these are often much more noticeable in the smile and have no aesthetic benefit.

Schedule your appointment with Smiles by Garcia

Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210 are available to assist patients in the community of Austin, TX with their oral health. When cavities become a problem, our team has a solution! We accept new and existing families into our quality dental practice for general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs.

Reasons Why a Patient May Need a Dental Bridge Restoration

Porcelain Crowns & Bridges  Austin, TX

At Smiles by Garcia, our Austin, TX dentist is focused on providing patients with solutions for repairing their smiles. Porcelain dental bridges are a common request and may be a wonderful solution for patients seeking beauty, function, and affordability.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that is typically created from porcelain, a material that has the same appearance of natural tooth enamel. Bridges are bonded in place and can last many years when patients are actively caring for them. Dental bridges are a great “middle of the road” option for patients who want something more permanent than a partial denture but less expensive than a dental implant.

Who is a candidate for a dental bridge?

Porcelain bridges can be used on most patients who need to replace one or more teeth in a row yet have existing teeth on each side for support of the bridge. In some situations, the dentist can place a dental implant to act as a support if there is no tooth on one or both sides. However, this can greatly increase the cost of treatment and alternatives should be considered if dental insurance does not provide benefits to a patient for this work.

Why choose dental bridges?

A dental bridge has many benefits. It is a strong and durable option, using adjacent teeth for support. It is not removable like a partial denture. It requires extra care to brush and floss underneath the false teeth, but overall, it will last many years with proper care. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team may also suggest dental bridges if patients do not want a removable restoration such as a partial denture. Dental bridges are custom made with a patient’s input to ensure their false teeth blend in with the rest of the smile.

Are you ready to discuss the possibility of dental bridges with your dentist?

Contact Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia to discuss the benefits of treating tooth loss with a traditional dental bridge. Our practice is committed to offering restorations that are made with natural-looking materials for seamless integration into the rest of the smile. Cosmetic enhancement is just a phone call away! Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the practice at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210. Austin, TX area patients are welcome to start working with our dedicated team of professionals.

Smiles by Garcia Offers a Two-Visit Smile Makeover for Complete Rejuvenation!

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It is not unusual for Dr. Arturo Garcia, the primary dentist at Smiles by Garcia, to visit with patients in the Austin, TX area and discuss the appearance of the smile. Some patients have a variety of imperfections of the smile that can detract from the natural beauty. Patients who are ready to enhance their smile with cosmetic dentistry can ask about our “two-visit” smile makeover!

How can a smile be transformed in just two visits?

Dr. Arturo Garcia is excited to offer patients solutions that assist them in completely rejuvenating the appearance of the smile. During the first appointment, patients will consult with their dentist to determine the specific needs they have. Often, patients will point out to our team certain imperfections they’d like to address, which may include stained, broken, or unusually shaped teeth. Our doctor will prepare the smile for the placement of temporary restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns. While the final restorations are being ordered through a specialized dental laboratory, patients can spend a week or two enjoying their temporaries to try out their brand-new smile. Patients will then return to the dental office for a second visit, during which Dr. Arturo Garcia will remove the temporaries and place the final restorations.

How long will my new smile last?

The temporary restorations placed during the first visit to the dentist will last approximately two weeks or longer, depending on how long it takes to complete the final replacements. When the permanent veneers and/or crowns are created, patients will enjoy these restorations for approximately a decade or longer with proper care and maintenance. Our dental team educates patients on how to care for their new smile and help it last a lifetime!

Are you intrigued at the idea of a two-visit smile?

Contact Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team of Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX to schedule an appointment. During a consultation visit, you will find out if this method of restoring the smile is right for you! The office can be reached by calling (512) 402-5872 and is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Suite 210. We are always welcoming potential patients into our practice.

All About Porcelain Veneers for Smile Enhancement!

At Smiles by Garcia, patients in the Austin, TX area have access to cosmetic solutions for their smiles, including restorations such as porcelain veneers. These special, custom-made facings are a wonderful option for individuals who have imperfections near the front of the smile.

How do porcelain veneers work?

Veneers are very thin coverings that are bonded over the front of an anterior tooth. Anterior teeth are those that are noticed when people smile, laugh, and speak with others. When there is an imperfection present, such as a chip, gap, or permanent staining, patients can use veneers over these teeth to change the overall look of their entire smile. With proper care, patients can enjoy these restorations for a decade or longer.

What process is required to obtain porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers do require the dentist to remove a thin portion of the enamel on the front of the tooth’s surface. Once this has been done, impressions are completed, and these impressions are sent off to a specialized laboratory for the creation of the final veneer. A temporary will be placed until this new veneer arrives back at the dental office, which typically occurs within a few weeks. The dentist will then bond the new veneer in place and patients can leave the practice with their brand-new look!

How do I care for my porcelain veneers?

Veneers, though strong and durable, are still susceptible to breakage. It is important that patients use a mouthguard if they have conditions such as bruxism, which can cause unwanted tension that can crack veneers or cause them to become loose. Patients should also avoid chewing on ice or solid objects as this can also result in breakage. Patients should brush and floss their teeth as they normally do, and visit their dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings to extend the longevity of their restorations.

Interested in discussing the possibility of obtaining porcelain veneers for your smile?

Call Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia to discuss the benefits of veneers and other cosmetic restorations available at our Austin, TX area pracitce. Our professionals can evaluate a patient and determine what solution is best. Call (512) 402-5872 today to schedule a visit at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 120.

Address tooth loss with a permanent option such as dental implants

Dental Implants | Austin, TXTooth loss can impact not only the appearance of the smile, but its health as well. When patients visit the practice of Smiles by Garcia and are interested in learning more about permanent tooth replacement options, our dentist, Dr. Arturo Garcia, will often make a recommendation for placing and restoring dental implants.



How dental implants work

Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements. These restorations are fabricated to look like a small post. The dentist will perform oral surgery, placing the dental implant into the bone of the jaw. This stimulates osseointegration, which is the growth of bone around the restoration, to provide a solid foundation. Dr. Arturo Garcia can then restore the dental implant in various ways, depending on the needs of the patient. For example, a dental implant may be covered over the abutment with a dental crown to replace a single tooth. Patients replacing several teeth may restore the dental implant with a dental bridge or a denture. By speaking with our team of professionals, patients can decide if dental implants are right for them.

What sets dental implants apart from other restorations?

Dental implants are not the only way for patients to replace missing teeth. Some patients choose to use dentures, including full and partial dentures, that replace one or more teeth. These restorations are custom-made and are removable for easy cleaning and care. Alternatively, patients may opt for dental bridges. These are restorations made of porcelain that are fabricated to replace one or more teeth in a row. These are more permanently placed than a denture but provide a permanent replacement in the same way as a dental implant. Patients who care for their dental bridges properly can enjoy them for a decade or longer.

Are you ready to learn more about dental implants?

Contact the team at Smiles for Garcia to discuss your options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his staff are here for patients in and around the community of Austin, TX who are ready to enhance their smile with permanent tooth replacements. Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the facility at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.

Transform your smile in just two visits to Smiles by Garcia in Austin, TX

Smile Makeover | Austin TXAt Smiles by Garcia, Dr. Arturo Garcia offers a wide range of cosmetic solutions that can be used for smile enhancement. But what about patients in the area of Austin, TX who have multiple concerns with the appearance and function of their smile? These patients may be better suited for a smile makeover. Smile makeovers are specialized and unique dental plans developed for patients who may have cosmetic, functional, or health concerns with their smile. By working with patients and creating a customized plan, patients are able to address a variety of imperfections in the smile.


This includes:

• Missing teeth

• Unwanted wear and tear on the natural teeth

• Broken or old restorations

• Misaligned teeth

• Chipped or broken teeth

• Permanently stained teeth

How to create a smile makeover plan

A smile makeover plan is achieved with the help of the patient. The patient discussed with their dentist the concerns they have regarding their smile, and the dentist will make recommendations based on the goals of the patient. Together, they will create a treatment plan that can be completed in just two visits. The first visit is the planning of the new smile, and the second visit is the application of the services chosen. Many patients choose to have proper sedation and anesthetics while they spend extended time int eh dental chair to complete many different treatments at once. However, at the end of the appointment, patients can leave the office with their brand-new smile! Our professionals love seeing patients smile again, especially if they have been hiding their smile from others for many years. This transformation can be an affordable and effective way of addressing areas of the smile that have caused months, years, or even a lifetime of embarrassment!

Are you ready to learn more about the two-visit smile makeover?

Contact our facility today to ask Dr. Arturo Garcia about the ways in which you can quickly and affordably transform the smile into the smile of your dreams! Our practice is conveniently located at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. #210 and can be reached by phone at (512) 402-5872.

Enhancing the smile with the use of custom porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers | Austin, TXAt Smiles by Garcia, patients in the area of Austin, TX have a wide selection of services available to them, from general dentistry to complete restoration of the smile. One of the services provided at the practice is that of porcelain veneers. These facings are best used near the front of the smile where imperfections may be present.


What is a porcelain veneer?

Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia describes porcelain veneers as thin ceramic facings that are bonded onto the front of a tooth to disguise problem areas. Porcelain veneers are best used in situations where patients have:

• Gapped teeth

• Broken/chipped teeth

• Misaligned teeth

• Permanently stained teeth

• Unusually shaped teeth

The porcelain veneer can cover these teeth and help patients achieve a more attractive smile even with imperfections on the anterior teeth.


Obtaining porcelain veneers

The first step in finding out if porcelain veneers are right for you is by scheduling a consultation appointment with our professionals. This can be done by booking a visit with Dr. Arturo Garcia, during which he will evaluate the smile and speak to patients about the desires they have. Once patients have decided that porcelain veneers are right for them, preparation can begin. The dentist needs to remove a thin portion of the enamel before taking impressions that are used to create the porcelain veneer. The veneer is fabricated in a dental laboratory by a ceramist that creates a restoration that closely mimics the appearance of the remaining teeth to ensure a natural blend. Patients return to the dental office when the restoration is complete to have it bonded in place, walking out of the dental office with their brand-new smile!

Schedule a visit today to discuss your options for smile enhancement

If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers or other treatment options that are available to address imperfections, Dr. Arturo Garcia recommends taking charge with cosmetic dental restorations. Call the practice at (512) 402-5872 and visit at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210 to speak to a professional about aesthetic solutions that are affordable, natural-looking, and effective in disguising problem areas.

Call 512-402-5872 today for Your Complimentary Consultation or for more information about Dental Implants, Our New Smile Procedure, Smile Makeovers, Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, Texas.

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