Houston Cosmetic Dentist John Barras answers Online Questions

Houston Cosmetic Dentist John Barras answers Online Questions


– We’re with John Barras,
he’s a dentist here in Houston, Texas, and
he’s agreed to answer some online questions,
specifically related to cosmetic dentistry. With that said, John, let’s
get into the first question that was posted. First question was
by Doug, he said, “Many years ago I received
some cosmetic work “and I’m not happy with
the long-term results. “What are my options now?” – Hey Doug, that’s
a good question. Cosmetic dentistry
has come a long way, like any other technology
or anything like that. Nowadays cosmetic
dentistry, really fantastic ceramists out there that
we use, master ceramists, that are able to mimic
a natural looking tooth. Some of the past technologies
that had porcelain had metal underneath
and so you may see like black lines around the gum. Back then that was the best
cosmetic solution there was. Now, today, a good
cosmetically done smile, you may not want anybody to know that you had anything done. It’s really come a long
way and most people are really, really pleased
with the new technology versus the old. – Okay, next question
was from Jake, Jake says, “I have some metal crowns and
I would like to replace them “with porcelain, is this
something that you offer, “and if so, how
much does it cost?” – Well Jake, we do offer
all porcelain crowns. In actuality, our office
is pretty much tries to do everything metal
free in the mouth. Our crowns look
really, really good. They’re actually fantastic. The technology now with
the crowns are probably about three times the strength of the old porcelain
crowns that used to be a little bit tricky. You had to put them
in a certain situation where the bite was
in a great spot. Now there’s a lot of room
for clenchers and grinders to have that all porcelain
look in their mouth. In our office, the
crowns are $1,600. Sometimes dental insurance
may assist with it, depending on the
shape of the crown, or if there’s a cavity
or anything like that. – Okay, next question
was from Cindy. “I’m considering
cosmetic dentistry. “Would you grind down
my original teeth?” – A lot of people,
Cindy, that have, are considering cosmetic
work, their teeth may have have already been
ground down over time, they may have been
worn or chipped or anything like that,
so the cosmetic dentistry would get the teeth back
to their original length and size and shape. A lot of the work as far as
grinding has already been done. Most occasions there
are some grinding that needs to be
done, so to speak, but a lot of times a lot of
the work has already been done. Nowadays with veneers, veneers
can be contact lensed in, which means a half millimeter
or less preparation on the tooth, and that’s
typically veneers are just on the front and just
slightly in between the teeth. So veneers are a really,
really conservative way to go. – Okay, the final question
we had as from Travis. Travis asks, “I’m considering
cosmetic dentistry. “How long will it last,
and is this something “that is going to be
covered by my insurance?” – Oh sure, all right,
Travis, good questions. We’re having great
questions today. Cosmetic dentistry,
the first question is, you talked about insurance
and the first one was — – How long it’s going to last. – How long it’s
going to last, okay. Here’s what we typically say. The teeth that are
in a good position, that are functioning well,
will tend to last a long time. If your teeth right now function and they’re wearing each other
down and they’re cracking and they’re breaking,
you’re probably going to do the same thing to
porcelain that we put in without changing your
bite or position of it. So we always would
like the teeth to be in a good spot initially
before we put in real nice porcelain work. Sometimes just moving
the teeth a little bit with Invisalign or braces
first may be an option. Sometimes we can do
the cosmetic work and put the teeth in a
better position as well. But it’s very case-dependent. We want the work to last
as long as it possibly can, but just note, if
you’re breaking your own God-given teeth with
really super hard enamel, then there’s a good
chance that you may be breaking any work that
anybody puts in there without correcting some of
those underlying issues. – Makes sense, and the final
portion of that question is, is that going to be
covered by his insurance? – Insurance is a crazy
beast, as we all know. The insurance that you have
was what your provider, I mean, what your
employer signed up with. It just depends on what your
employer has signed up with, what kind of assistance
that you get. True known fact
about insurance is that most insurances will
assist with about a thousand to $1,500 a year, and
that hasn’t really changed since the 70’s when they
started dental insurance. So it’s more of an assistance
and not an insurance. It works totally different
than medical insurance. So long story short
is, research the plan that your HR provider
signed up with and ask further questions. When you come into
the office we could, or whoever you go to,
could definitely help and see what kind of
assistance that you get from the plan that your
employer signed up with. – Excellent, appreciate
your time, John. If you have any additional
questions for John, you can post them at the
bottom of the YouTube video. He’s agreed to answer
those questions directly. Thanks a lot, John. – Yeah, you’re welcome, and
please post any questions to YouTube, and if you
have any further questions, please give us a
call at our office. 713-993-9814. – Thanks, John.

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