What are Lumineers and how do they differ from traditional veneers?

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Anyone who has ever followed celebrities of our time know that they all have that perfect, flawless smile. But did you know that aesthetic dentistry is more attainable than ever for everyday patients in the Austin, TX community? Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team at Smiles by Garcia are pleased to offer cosmetic dentistry solutions for patients to attain their own Hollywood smile. For many, the use of veneers is a common solution to imperfect teeth.

What is a veneer?

A veneer in dentistry is a special, custom-made facing that a dentist can bond over an anterior tooth to change its appearance. These restorations are often used to cover teeth that have specific issues including permanent staining, breakage, or even an unusual shape. Veneers conceal these issues and help patients achieve a more clean line, flawless appearance when compared to the teeth underneath.

Porcelain veneers vs. Lumineers

Patients who speak to Dr. Arturo Garcia and are interested in learning about the similarities and differences of veneers and Lumineers are encouraged to take the time to ask questions about these two treatment offerings. Both porcelain veneers and Lumineers provide long-term coverage of misaligned, crooked, stained, or broken teeth. These restorations are both stain-resistant and custom-made, and often are comparable in cost.

There are a few differences between the two that patients need to consider when deciding which one to invest in for their own smile. Lumineers are not as invasive as traditional porcelain veneers as they do not require the dentist to remove any of the tooth structure. Porcelain veneers require about 5mm of enamel to be removed from the front of the tooth to place a veneer without adding bulk. This means that the treatment is not reversible int eh future. Lumineers, on the other hand, do not impact the natural structure of the tooth but can be removed later if patients decide to do so. Both are long-lasting, natural-looking, and effective at enhancing the smile.

Request a visit with Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia

Patients of Austin, TX considering aesthetic solutions for imperfections of the smile are invited to call Smiles by Garcia to request a consultation appointment. Call (512) 402-5872 and visit the practice at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.

Address short teeth with cosmetic dentistry solutions at Smiles by Garcia

Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but patients with disproportionately smaller teeth may notice an impact they have to the smile’s overall appearance. Teeth that are short may have a childlike appearance, or can make you look older than you really are. They can also make patients feel self-conscious about smiling or laughing with others, which can impact their interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, with the use of several cosmetic dentistry techniques, patients can address their short teeth and smile with confidence!

What causes short teeth?

Small or short teeth can be caused by many different variables. Sometimes smaller teeth are a genetic condition that occurs naturally, just like patients with freckles, birthmarks, or other imperfections of the face and body. Other times, it may be a result of a certain disorder such as amelogenesis imperfecta. In some situations, the teeth may be the proper size and shape, but patients may have excess gum tissue that may make the teeth appear shorter than they really are.

What treatments can address short teeth?

There are a wide range of treatments available to patients that can be used to address teeth that appear shorter than normal:

  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are a great way to disguise not only short teeth, but teeth that may have visual imperfections. These thin facings are bonded over a tooth to change its appearance.
  • Dental bonding. Composite resin bonding is another way for a dentist to change the shape and look of a tooth. This material is also used in addressing chipped or broken teeth. It is placed during one appointment and can last many years with proper care.
  • Gum contouring. Another option to consider if a gummy smile is causing your teeth to appear short is gum contouring services. The removal of the gums and realignment of the gumline can ensure the teeth look proportionate to the rest of the smile.

Learn more about cosmetic dentistry solutions for short or imperfect teeth

Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX is here to help patients in the community improve and enhance the appearance of their smiles. If you are thinking about the benefits of addressing short teeth, we welcome you to come find the treatment that is best suited to your needs. Call the team at Smiles by Garcia today by calling (512) 402-5872 and visiting at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.

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!

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.

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.

Comparing porcelain veneers and Lumineers with Dr. Arturo Garcia

At Smiles by Garcia, patients in and around the area of Austin, TX have a wide selection of cosmetic treatments to choose from for their smile. If imperfections of the smile are impacting the way you feel about your appearance, you may want to ask the team of professionals about aesthetic options such as porcelain veneers and Lumineers.

Porcelain veneers. vs. Lumineers

Both of these treatments are readily available in our practice, but some patients are unsure on the differences between the two. Both are restorations that are commonly used on the anterior (front) teeth to disguise specific problems, such as permanent staining, gaps between the teeth, or broken teeth. The restorations are custom made for patients with color matching and size matching to ensure that they look just like the natural teeth when bonded in place. However, the similarities stop there. The primary difference between conventional porcelain veneers and Lumineers is the thickness of the restorations. Lumineers are incredibly thin, which means that they can be placed over the teeth without removing any natural enamel from the front. This allows patients to have them in their smile, but without the commitment. Porcelain veneers require the patient to file down a portion of the natural tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to eliminate bulkiness from the restoration. This means that once patients have chosen to move forward with porcelain veneers, they will need to maintain them over the years. Lumineers can be removed at any time, and patients can then consider alternative options if they so desire. This versatility makes Lumineers a wonderful option for patients who need to address imperfections in the smile but are not interested in making a lifetime commitment to one single type of restoration.

Are you ready to discuss cosmetic treatments for your smile?

Contact Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia to discuss the treatments you are interested in obtaining at his Austin, TX area practice. The front office team can be reached at (512) 402-5872 to schedule an appointment at the office, located in Suite 210 at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane.

Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

Dental Implants, Austin, TXAt Smiles by Garcia, patients in and around the community of Austin, TX who have lost natural teeth are often able to find a solution with our staff. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team are available to help patients learn about the options available to them for replacing missing teeth and deciding which ones are most appropriate for their specific situation. In many cases, patients interested in replacing a single tooth will find that dental implants are a highly desirable option.

What is a dental implant?

Dr. Arturo Garcia describes a dental implant as a tooth root replacement that can restore the function, appearance, and health of the smile after tooth loss or extraction. Dental implants are made of titanium metal which is biocompatible with the body. Once placed, it can stimulate the growth of jaw bone via osseointegration, where the bone wraps around the new implant to hold it firmly in place. Our professionals encourage patients to consider dental implants whenever possible because they are long-lasting and effective in maintaining the function of the teeth.

Who is a candidate?

The best patients for the placement of dental implants are those who have sufficient bone structure that can support the implant once it is put in place during oral surgery. Once dental implants are in place, they are known to last a lifetime when patients properly care for their smile, avoiding the development of common problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. These are issues that can impact the health of the smile as well as restorations such as dental implants after they have been installed.

Interested in learning more about dental implants?

Call Dr. Arturo Garcia and the team at Smiles by Garcia today in Austin, TX to discuss your options for tooth replacement. Located at 4407 Bee Cave Road, Building 2, Suite 221, patients are able to obtain quality care and attention from a dental staff that is committed to offering the best in dentistry. Call (512) 402-5872 to connect with the front office team and book an appointment today! Our lines are answered 24/7 for general and emergency dentistry needs.

Using porcelain veneers for smile enhancement

Veneers | Austin TXEnhancement of the smile is often one of the most requested treatments by patients who are seeking cosmetic improvements. Simple imperfections of the smile can have a dramatic impact on its appearance—in a negative way. Dr. Arturo Garcia and his professionals in the Austin, TX community encourage patients to book a consultation visit to take the time to learn about the ways in which the teeth can be improved. For many of our patients, porcelain veneers are the answer!

What is a porcelain veneer?

Porcelain veneers are facings that are custom made for patients to act as a covering of the natural teeth. By covering the teeth in the front of the smile, patients can dramatically transform their smile. These restorations are made to look like natural tooth enamel, and are fabricated to match the existing teeth, including the shape, size, and color for seamless integration. Dr. Arturo Garcia bonds these restorations onto the teeth to provide a decade or longer of coverage.

Porcelain veneers are a great option for patients who may also be considering the use of composite resin bonding. Composite resin bonding is often susceptible to staining, causing these restorations to last just a few years before they need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers are longer-lasting and are also more durable over time. Our professionals will find that patients will invest more in their smile for a restoration that will require less attention and care, and we find that individuals who consider porcelain veneers love the ability to drastically improve their smile with a simple coverage of ceramic.

Are porcelain veneers right for you?

The only way to know if you can benefit from porcelain veneers is by connecting with the professionals at Smiles by Garcia. Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX can provide an initial evaluation of the smile during a consultation visit and decide if this treatment or any other may be beneficial for an individual based on their unique needs. We welcome patients in the area to call the office for an appointment at (512) 402-5872 and visit the office at 4407 Bee Cave Road, Building 2, Suite 221.