Super Hero, Super Smile


Dr. Cress removing previous cosmetic veneers and preparing the teeth to receive the new Elite Smile.

Dr. Cress removing previous cosmetic veneers and preparing the teeth to receive the new Elite Smile.

Dr. Samuel E. Cress Changes Lives with the Elite Smile 

By Patti Parish-Kaminski | Photography by: Nesossi Studios and Justin Grant –

It has been said that a smile is worth a thousand words. A beautiful smile, one that exudes confidence and beauty, says even more. Samuel E. Cress, D.D.S, of The Center for Craniofacial & Dental Sleep Medicine in Sugar Land, believes in the power of a beautiful smile as he creates them regularly for his patients with the latest technology in porcelain restorations: e.max® Elite Porcelain Restorations®.

“Elite Porcelain Restorations create much more than just a beautiful smile,” said Dr. Cress. “They are the highest expression of today’s dental technology in strength and vitality. The Elite Smile enhances an individual’s own beauty, youthfulness and quality of life.”

 The Elite Porcelain Difference

In the vast world of cosmetic dentistry, just what makes the Elite Smile so unique? First and foremost is the customization. Created by Arrowhead Dental Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah, leaders for over 35 years in the dental laboratory industry, each Elite Porcelain Smile is meticulously crafted by Arrowhead technicians to meet the specific aesthetic and functional needs of the patient.  But, before the lab technicians begin their work, a comprehensive consultation with an experienced, certified Elite Porcelain dentist occurs.

Dr. Cress prepares a mold or bite jig to confirm the patient’s new bite.

Dr. Cress prepares a mold or bite jig to confirm the patient’s new bite.

One of only two dentists in the greater Houston area who creates the Elite Smile, Dr. Cress believes in the comprehensive approach to overall dental health. “In order to maintain a lifetime of a beautiful smile, it’s important to provide a comprehensive dental approach,” said Dr. Cress, who is a clinical instructor in the prestigious Dr. Dick Barnes Group and mentors in the area of dental sleep medicine, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and full mouth rehabilitation. “When I meet with a patient, I look at everything – from airways to jaw joints, wear patterns on teeth, vertical stability, existing restorations and overall function – to prescribe a strategy of long term dental care. The patient must have room for porcelain, and the stability of the bite is a key component when considering the Elite Smile.”

Once a patient is identified as a good candidate for the Elite Smile, a meticulous diagnostic process begins, which is unique to Dr. Cress. “We essentially create a blueprint of the smile that includes everything from medical photography, inter and extra oral digital photography, a CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) for volumetric airway analysis, a complete TMD workup, occlusal orthotic and a replica of the patient’s upper and lower teeth all required to create a custom smile design.”

The customized process of the Elite Smile contains three critical elements: full mouth work, Radica provisionary stint and tooth reduction stint.

The customized process of the Elite Smile contains three critical elements: full mouth work, Radica provisionary stint and tooth reduction stint.

A personalized, comprehensive diagnostic workup is engineered by Arrowhead Dental Lab, which is a complete mock-up of the end result.  The workup is a completely custom design to accommodate the patient’s new form and function.  Once the workup arrives, Dr. Cress uses this blueprint to test the smile. “I personally review the workup to ensure that the customization of every tooth is accurate from the vertical dimension, function and esthetic value.  I make certain that the workup is ‘spot on’ in order to receive the right amounts of porcelain for a flawless end result.”

Dr. Cress uses accurate final impressions to ensure that Arrowhead carefully creates the smile that will be pleasing to the patient. In the meantime, utilizing the blueprint he has created, Dr. Cress makes custom Radica® temporaries for the patient in office while their Elite Smile is being created. Patients are sedated by an anesthesiologist for maximum comfort for this three-hour procedure. “The day after the procedure, I invite the patient back to the office to check and dial in their bite with computerized T-Scan technology. The patient bites into an electronic wafer, which tells me where to balance out the bite to create comfortable and even wear. Tooth enamel wears similar to tire tread; therefore, an even bite is important for the longevity and health of the teeth.”

The final impression to create the new Elite Smile.

The final impression to create the new Elite Smile.

This meticulous process also allows for patient input on their smile. Dr. Cress often spends time at Arrowhead Lab reviewing and tweaking his patient’s smiles. “I personally travel to Utah to review as many smiles as possible at the lab to ensure that each smile is beautiful and meets my patient’s expectations. As a result of this personalized custom process, Elite Porcelain Restorations from Arrowhead have enabled me to achieve remarkable outcomes that were not possible using other dental porcelain restorations,” said Dr. Cress.

The beginning of creating the new Elite Smile with temporary teeth.

The beginning of creating the new Elite Smile with temporary teeth.

The Smile of a Lifetime

While the ground-breaking technology used to create the Elite Smile has been on the market for only a few years, the lifespan of the Elite Smile is life-long. “Patients maintain an Elite Smile as part of their normal hygiene routine,” said Dr. Cress, who provides each patient with a care kit consisting of a Sonicare toothbrush and a Waterpik.  “As with all individuals, regular brushing, flossing and bi-annual visits to the dentist are key to maintaining a lifetime of oral health.”

The final step for patients to receive their new, permanent smile involves just a few hours in Dr. Cress’ chair, again with an anesthesiologist to maintain patient comfort. Patients do not experience numbness in the mouth post-procedure due to this method of pain control and comfort. At this time, Dr. Cress removes the patient’s temporaries, cleans each tooth with an anti-bacterial agent in preparation to bond in the patient’s new Elite Smile. “Patients wake up with their new Elite Smile and a new outlook on life.”

An Elite Porcelain Smile is a winning smile. “With the Elite Smile, the teeth are not a bright, luminous white.  The Elite Smile has the depth and coloration of natural teeth so the smile is beautiful, ideally suited to the individual, and looks more natural. Elite conveys warm, naturally magnificent smiles that enhance a person’s youthful appearance and improves overall health.”


What patients are saying about their  new Elite Smile…

“For the first time, I am  not embarrassed to show  my teeth when I smile. The self-esteem I gained from my beautiful smile was well worth the investment. Best money I have ever spent!”  – Melissa F.


A personalized diagnostic wax up of the customized Elite Smile.

A personalized diagnostic wax up of the customized Elite Smile.

While Dr. Cress has given his patients the smile of a lifetime, he knows first-hand about the benefits of having an Elite Porcelain Smile. A firm believer in “practice what you preach,” Dr. Cress has had his own smile transformed with e.max Elite Porcelain Restorations. “The promise of the Elite Smile experience is simple:  you will receive the confident, youthful, natural-looking smile you’ve always wanted.”

 

Before & After

Before & After

Changing Lives 

Dr. Cress isn’t the only firm believer in the power of an Elite Smile. His patients rave about their new smile that is as unique and distinctive as they are due to the Elite custom process. “A smile really can change a person’s life,” shared Dr. Cress. “One of my patients told me that he had much more confidence in himself now that he has a new smile. I know that having a confident, natural looking smile can change a person’s life.  I’ve seen it firsthand.”

After receiving her new Elite Smile, Claire told Dr. Cress, “You have the greatest job in the world because you make people feel better about themselves. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my smile.”

Take Dr. Cress – and his patient’s – advice: “Transform your smile today to Elite, and experience the difference.  We did.”

For more information about Dr. Cress and Elite Porcelain Restorations, call 281-565-4100 or visit www.cfsdm.com.