Smile Makeovers

Happy, healthy smiles are our focus.

We get people like this EVERY DAY here in our south Austin dental practice, Austin Artistic Dental.  Are you afraid that you’re beyond hope? Here at Austin Artistic Dental changing your SMILE and changing your LIFE is Dr. Hulse’s favorite thing to do.

Are you looking to fix your teeth, or do you want a smile you love?

Dr. Hulse explains his Cosmetic Dentistry Philosophy

Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Jarett Hulse performs cosmetic dentistry in south Austin at Austin Artistic Dental every single day and is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in Austin.  Named one of “top 3 cosmetic dentists in Austin, Dr. Hulse is constantly improving smiles and changing lives for his patients. Dr. Hulse strives to be the best cosmetic dentist in Austin.

Dr. Hulse differs from many cosmetic dentists in he is an expert of creating NATURAL LOOKING SMILE MAKEOVERS.   If you want a smile makeover but don’t want it to look fake, then Dr. Hulse is who you are looking for.  Almost everyone comes in and says “I want them to look white, but natural” But what we often see with cosmetic dentistry is that they look WHITE and FAKE.   Dr. Hulse can  make teeth look white, but at the same time make them look NATURAL.  It all comes down to the correct shape, size, proportions, translucencies, textures and an artistic eye that can make the right teeth for YOUR FACE.

Dr. Hulse also differs from other cosmetic dentists in that he uses multiple methods to transform smiles.  Not just porcelain veneers.  Many dentists just use porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers when done properly, created and sculpted by an artist are amazing and have transformed smiles the world over.  BUT, there are other methods to use as well and Dr. Hulse likes to give his patients OPTIONS. Below you can read about the different methods.  

Smile Makeover with   Porcelain Veneers

Dr. Hulse has performed countless veneer smile makeovers and used to work at one of the premier cosmetic dental offices in New York City before moving down to Austin and creating his own ideal cosmetic dental practice.

The most common way a smile makeover is accomplished is through the use of porcelain veneers.  Porcelain Veneers are thin layers of porcelain, almost like a contact lens, that fits over the front of the teeth to change its appearance.  Sometimes these can be done without removing any tooth structure, though often a thin layer needs to be removed and then replaced and built back strong and more beautiful than ever.

Unfortunately, many porcelain veneers smile makeovers look fake or break too often if not done to the highest standards.  What makes Dr. Hulse’s smile makeovers different is that he is an artist! When Dr. Hulse evaluates your smile, he is looking at your teeth, looking at your smile and your whole face.  Then he is designing a smile that fits YOU!  Not everyone gets the same teeth.  Every smile is unique. Dr. Hulse has studied the ART and SCIENCE of smile design so that he can transfer your mouth into the smile of your dreams.

Doing an amazing smile makeover takes teamwork between the doctor and the ceramicist.  The ceramicist is the person who actually fabricates the porcelain restorations based on Dr. Hulse’s design.  Dr. Hulse takes great care in only using the strongest, most beautiful porcelains. He works with a world class ARTISTIC ceramicist.  Unfortunately, being a dental ceramicist is a dying profession with so much dental lab work being done by machines these days.  To find a great ceramicist who is also up the Dr. Hulse’s artistic standards is not an easy task.  But Dr. Hulse has found such an artist in Mitch Hurst . Mitch is a real artist! Other dentists often don’t use such an exceptional artist for a few reasons.  One, they are VERY hard to find.  It has literally taken Dr. Hulse years to find someone that does work at the highest standards.  Two, great work isn’t cheap.  If you want to make the investment in your smile, some dentists will use a cheaper mass producing lab to save cost and make more profit. Or perhaps charge the patient less money and make an inferior product.  As is almost always the case, you get what you pay for.

Here are some examples of porcelain veneers created by Mitch Hurst.    Notice how they have different textures, and different colors and shades of white.   They don’t look like chiclets.  They don’t look fake.  They look like REAL TEETH! Dr. Hulse wants people to tell his patients that they have a beautiful smile.  Not that they have nice veneers.  If someone can tell, you have veneers, then they are not great veneers.  Even very white veneers can look natural when done properly. Please check out the Smile Gallery to see lots of examples of the type of cosmetic work that Dr. Hulse does.



Natural Looking Veneers

Not all porcelain veneers are the same.

Compare the fake looking ones on top, Dr. Hulse replaced with more natural looking ones on the bottom.  That’s not easy! You get what you pay for!

Natural Looking Veneers
Natural Looking Veneers

Watch the video below as Dr. Hulse explains his porcelain veneer process in detail!

Dr. Hulse differs from many cosmetic dentists in that he doesn’t just use one method to improve smiles.   Many dentists just use porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers when done properly, created and sculpted by an artist are amazing and have transformed smiles the world over.

Over the years, Dr. Hulse has discovered many new techniques in cosmetic dentistry. And now treats his patients with multiple modalities to give patients more options, more conservative treatment, and even more beautiful smiles.

While porcelain veneers when done properly have an amazing transformational ability, Dr. Hulse has come up with other options for his patients. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Fortunately, Dr. Hulse has a whole tool box.   Or he probably would think of it more as a toy box, because Dr. Hulse loves doing Cosmetic Dentistry!

Patient describes the   Exceptional Cosmetic Work   at Austin Artistic Dental

Revolutionary NEW Cosmetic Technique

Another method of transforming people’s smiles that Dr. Hulse is extremely proud of is the Bioclear Method. The Bioclear Method is a revolutionary new technique that can be used to cosmetically and structurally rebuild a tooth with a composite material in ways that were never thought to be possible in the past. It can be used to do smile makeovers, rebuilding whole mouths.  Or it can be used to rebuild teeth that are broken, close spaces in between teeth, close black triangles (spaces between teeth by the gums) and even rebuild teeth when there is not enough tooth left to hold a porcelain crown or veneer. This is not “bonding”! This technique is so new and revolutionary that most dentists don’t even know about it.  Dr. Hulse has been using it for years and has mastered the technique. In fact, Dr. Hulse travels around the country teaching the technique to other dentists! Because of this we have people traveling from hours away and even other states to have their Bioclear treatment done. The Bioclear Method is often thought of as an alternative to Porcelain Veneers. Both have their pros and cons. For some, porcelain veneers might be the best choice, for others the Bioclear Method. To learn more about the Bioclear Method click here.

Whiter Teeth

For his patients who want whiter teeth. Dr. Hulse uses hands down the best whitening method ever invented.  It’s called Kor Whitening.  If you search the internet you will come across dozens of different ways of whitening one’s teeth.  Some claiming a super zooming laser, “whitening in an hour” and many claims with lots of marketing dollars behind them.  Some of these methods don’t work at all, some work ok, but Kor is the only method that, for Dr. Hulse, works amazingly, every time, on every patient, for over a decade.  Even people that were previously told their teeth couldn’t be whitened can be whitened with Kor Whitening.  While Kor is super powerful and effective, it is actually one of the least sensitive ways of whitening teeth.  So even people with sensitive teeth can now whiten their teeth with Kor.  Dr. Hulse has successfully whitened many people’s teeth who were unable to do it in the past due to sensitivity.  To read more about Kor Whitening click here.

Sometimes patients come in wanting a better smile and ready for veneers but upon evaluation Dr. Hulse explains they don’t need veneers.  They have beautiful teeth, they’re just not in the correct position.  Sometimes people realize this, but don’t want to go through braces for 2-3 years.  Fortunately for his patients Dr. Hulse has discovered the easiest, fastest most cosmetic way to straighten teeth.

Straighter Teeth

Dr. Hulse is proud to offer Invisalign to his patients.  Invisalign can often straighten one’s teeth in just a matter of months.  In Dr. Hulse’s opinion if a cosmetic dentist doesn’t offer cosmetic orthodontics to his patients he is doing his patients a disservice. Because if moving their teeth into the proper position gives them the smile they’ve always wanted, then this is the ideal choice.  Cosmetic orthodontics is the ultimate demonstration of minimally invasive dentistry. No damage is done to the teeth, and a beautiful smile can be achieved.

Many dentists that only do veneers, claim “instant orthodontics” and will be overly aggressive in shaving down teeth to make them look straight.  And this can work, but what if it could be obtained without shaving the teeth down at all?  And it could be done in a short amount of time for far less money and less damage to your teeth? For some people that is a better choice.  Patients should be aware of the choices to be able to make an informed decision.  Unfortunately, they are not always given the choice.  Remember again, if all you have is a hammer…

To read more about Invisalign at Austin Artistic Dental in South Austin click here.

Better Shaped Teeth

Another way in which Dr. Hulse can improve your smile is Cosmetic Tooth Reshaping.  Sometimes people have teeth that are just in the wrong proportions or slightly misaligned.  With Dr. Hulse’s cosmetic and artistic eye he can reshape your teeth but lightly smoothing and sanding down areas to make your smile more appealing.  This is one of Dr. Hulse’s favorite techniques.  Because when it is done correctly, but someone with an artistic touch, a small change that is so easy to do, can make a huge change in one’s smile.  Does one tooth stick out just a little too far?   Are your teeth’s edges uneven, or look too sharp?  Did you always wish your two front teeth were just a little shorter? If so, Cosmetic Tooth Reshaping may be the solution for you.

cosmetic reshaping of smile
Cosmetic recontouring of smile

Preview Your Smile Before You Buy

In the past, and at most dental clinics, one has to commit to the cosmetic work before they ever get to see what it is going to look like.  So there is a HUGE leap of faith.

Utilizing Digital Smile Design, modern technology and his artistic talent Dr. Hulse can now show you what your smile will look like BEFORE you pay for the treatment.  Click the link to learn more about the different ways in which Dr. Hulse does this.

Financials: "What if I can't afford cosmetic dentistry?"

As you see there are many different ways in which Dr. Hulse can improve you smile.  Often people are worried to take that first step.  Perhaps you are worried about the costs.   Don’t worry, at Austin Artistic Dental we have many flexible payment plans.  More than almost any other dental office we are aware of.  To learn more about our financial options click here.

"I want a new smile, but I'm afraid to go to the dentist!"

We have other patients that aren’t worried about the finances as much as they are worried about the dental treatment itself.  They are scared of the dentist and don’t even want to step foot in a dental office! Don’t worry we see people scared of us EVERY SINGLE DAY.   Because of this Dr. Hulse has been trained in dental sedation.   Dental Sedation allows people to be relaxed and often sleep through their appointments.   Most don’t even have a memory of the treatment afterwards! To learn more about sedation click here.

Hopefully this page has given you some idea about what cosmetic dentistry in south Austin at Austin Artistic Dental can offer you. If you’ve always wanted to change your smile, don’t hesitate and give us a call today for a free cosmetic consultation.

Porcelain Veneer FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

As long as your gums and bone supporting your teeth are relatively healthy, you are likely a candidate for porcelain veneers.  Even very broken down teeth can be restored with veneers.   The best way to find out is to start with a virtual consult

There are three types of porcelain that are used nowadays.

  1. Feldspathic porcelain – this is a very pretty porcelain, but it is as not as strong as the other two choices.  For years this of what all porcelain veneers were made of.
  2. Lithium Disilicate – often called Emax. This is also very pretty, but it has about 4-5 times stronger then Feldspathic porcelain.  This is the most common porcelain used for veneers nowadays
  3. Zirconia – This is not quite as pretty as Emax but it is much stronger. When done properly, it can also be very pretty.   If someone is a grinder or bruxer, this is often a good choice of material.


Dr. Hulse will help determine the best porcelain for your smile makeover

Porcelain veneers are not very porous and actually stain less then natural teeth.  So you can drink your coffee and wine and not worry that you will ruin the color.   Over a period of years, people’s gums will sometimes recede and some staining can occur at the edges of the veneers.  But if the veneers are done properly and the patient maintains good oral hygiene, the staining will be minimum.

We tell people, we want them to be 5% careful. When eating.  What that means is, you don’t have to worry about them day to day when you’re eating.  They’re very strong.  But keep it in the back of your mind, and if you are eating something very hard like hard nuts, or a really hard cracker, maybe it would be better to put it on your back teeth.    Also don’t use your teeth and veneers are tools.  No biting nails, no tearing bags open, no opening bottles with your teeth.

No.  No dentistry will last forever.   The average time frame for porcelain veneers is 10-20 years.  The time varies depending on how well one takes care of their teeth.  If someone destroyed their natural teeth with poor diet and lack of good oral hygiene, and that does not change.  The veneers will not last as long as someone who brushes, flosses, wears a night guard and gets regular dental check ups and cleanings.

Most of the time some shaving is necessary to make the porcelain veneers fit.  Occasionally if one had small teeth and wants them bigger, and the teeth are in good condition, it can be done without shaving in what is called a no prep case.   The way Dr. Hulse designs smiles though he always tries to minimally invasive and take away as little tooth structure as possible.   If you truly want no damage done to the teeth, Composite or Bioclear Veneers might be a better choice for you

Most people who come to Dr. Hulse ask for “white, but natural”.  That can mean different things to different people.  Dr. Hulse has a process in which we figure out what color you want the veneers by testing out colors with the temporary veneers and then dialing it in from there.   Dr. Hulse has it down, so it is very predictable that you get the color you are looking for.

No! Not if you come to our office!  There are a lot of veneers that do look fake.  Creating beautiful teeth is mostly an art.  There are many mass produced, cheap veneers that do look fake.  And based on what we see on social media, some people actually like that look.   Those aren’t usually the people that come to our office.  Our patients seek Dr. Hulse out because they want naturally looking veneers.   Getting natural looking veneers is all in the details.  It’s about making the shapes correct with the correct contours and translucency.  It’s also about looking at the persons whole face and smile and making sure the veneers are harmonious.  Natural veneers can also be very white, as long as all the other details are there.

In our office, once you sign up for the veneers, there will be a records appointment. At that appointment our team and Dr. Hulse will gather all the needed data to design your smile.  Approximately 3 weeks later, you will have your preparation appointment.  At that appointment you will leave with your temporary veneers.   A few days after that appointment we will evaluate the temporaries and make sure you love them.  If not, we will make changes until you do.  Then approximately 4 weeks after the preparation appointment you will come in to get your final veneers. There will usually be at least 1 more follow appointment to double check your bite and esthetics and get you some type of nightguard or retainer.    

Very little.  You will be numbed for the process, and during the treatment you should have zero pain.   Afterwards, you will have about the same amount of soreness for a few days as you would for a filling.   Some people will want to take Tylenol or Advil for a day or two afterwards, but the majority of people don’t need anything.

In the video below a patient explains what it feels like to get her smile back right before Christmas!

Ericka says don’t go to Mexico for your cosmetic dentistry! Go to Austin Artistic Dental and gain confidence in your smile!

Ericka dice que no vayas a México por tu odontología cosmética! ¡Visita Austin Artistic Dental y gana confianza en tu sonrisa!

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