Basil Moukarim, DDS & George Saliba, DDS

Basil Moukarim, DDS & George Saliba, DDS

For over a decade, both Dr. George Saliba and Dr. Basil Moukarim have been nominated as Houston’s Top dentists. The goal at Dental Illusions is to educate and inform the patient, giving them options and empowering them to make the right treatment choice for their needs. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim, as well as their professional staff, use the latest in dental materials, high tech equipment and modern techniques. They strive to consistently deliver high-quality dentistry with integrity and great customer service, in a friendly, compassionate and inviting atmosphere. Even with expertise in minimally invasive laser procedures and advanced aesthetic techniques, loyalty has come from relationships built with families and individuals through the years.

“No matter how impressive credentials may be, what matters most to patients is compassion and quality,” says Dr. Saliba. “When it comes down to it, we’re a family dental practice providing a warm and welcoming environment,” Dr. Moukarim adds.

While they enjoy creating complete smile make-overs, which have amazing outcomes, they focus just as much attention on the fundamentals of dental health. The doctors are skilled in procedures such as implant dentistry, Invisalign, sedation dentistry, laser dentistry, cosmetic smile make-overs and full-mouth reconstruction.

In addition, Drs. Saliba and Moukarim regularly see people that have not had treatment in many years, have problems getting numb, have severe phobias of the dentist and those with advanced dental problems. No matter what the procedure, Drs. Moukarim, Saliba and their staff at Dental Illusions are committed to banishing dental phobias and creating an outstanding, relationship-centered practice.

The doctors also do not believe that you should have to pay to find out what’s wrong. They offer free consultations.

Dental Illusions
13303 Champion Forest Dr., Bldg. 5
Houston, TX 77069
281-444-1755

4101 Greenbriar, Ste. 220
Houston, TX 77098
713-528-3362

www.dentalillusions.com

 

Scott Coleman DDS, AAACD, MAGD, FADFE

A smile is worth a thousand words.
It communicates your personality.
It tells the world how you’re feeling.
It says how confident you are.
At Coleman Dental, we can create
the smile you have always wanted.
The kind of smile that lights up your
face as well as the room.
The kind that lets you speak volumes
Without uttering a word.

What’s your smile worth?
Contact us today.

COLEMAN DENTAL
7575 San Felipe, #135
Houston, TX 77063
713-783-2800
www.CosmeticDental.com

Jon Van Slate DDS, FAGD, PC

Dr-Van-SlateJon Van Slate DDS, FAGD, PC
General Dentist

Passion for creating healthy, beautiful smiles drives the success of one of Texas’ leading cosmetic dentists, Jon Van Slate. In his 26 years of private practice, hundreds of patients have trusted Dr. Van Slate’s skill in treating their complex cosmetic concerns, from porcelain veneer restorations to full mouth reconstruction.

A graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Dr. Van Slate is a Fellow with the Las Vegas Dental Institute, where he has continued to train on an annual basis for more than 18 years. He is one of the few Texas dentists formally trained in neuromuscular dentistry, which uses computer technology to detect proper jaw relations—a revolutionary way used to treat and correct jaw function when treating TMD problems, snoring/sleep apnea issues and full mouth reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Van Slate has completed a comprehensive TexMax program in dental implants, as well as courses in Myo-Functional Therapy, which helps treat and train patients with speech problems and breathing issues.

In recognition of his dental talents and expertise, Dr. Van Slate has been featured in several magazines and on two editions of Houston Extreme Makeover on Fox 26 News.

JON VAN SLATE, DDS, FAGD, LVIF
1011 Augusta Dr., Ste. 201
Houston, TX 77057
713.783.1993
www.drvanslate.com

When IRS Eyes Are Crying

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Hot Button / Lynn Ashby

THE EVENING NEWS – Here is one of Donald Trump’s daughters – I can’t tell which one, they are all beautiful – standing in front of the White House saying, “I will be traveling across America and on April 15th will be seeing how happy everyone is to have their taxes cut.” Beautiful, but clueless. This April 15th is the deadline for filing our 2017 taxes, last year, under Obama. President Donald Trump’s tax cuts don’t go into effect until 2018. Nevertheless, it is easy to get confused over the new budget and how it will change our taxes, medical coverage and coffee we drink.

It’s called America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, and costs $4.1 trillion. Your share is every dime you’ll ever make, plus money earned by your descendants even until the fifth generation. During the last presidential campaign, it was vowed the tax form would be simpler. It isn’t. Indeed, some CPAs say the new budget is even more complicated. We were told we could fill out our federal income taxes on a post card. But do you really want your postal carrier knowing how much you make in light of that crummy Christmas tip you gave him?

Anyway, let’s look at the new Blueprint. Trump has said he wants to “re-strengthen” our military, this despite the fact that we spend more on our military than the next six nations combined, upwards of $650 billion a year. Expanding our military has more to do with air bases and naval docks in Congressional districts than defense. The Pentagon today is not so much a war machine as a jobs program. In the 2018 defense authorization bill, Congress called for strength increases including 8,500 new soldiers, 5,000 new sailors, 5,800 new airmen and 1,000 new Marines. Trump has also publicly promised a 355-ship Navy and at least another 100 combat aircraft for the Air Force. This is in keeping with his campaign promise to “take care of the generals,” General Dynamics, General Motors and General Electric. Elsewhere, the Department of Homeland Security gets increased spending on border security and immigration enforcement, and to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, despite promises that Mexico would pick up the tab. You are now a citizen of Mexico.

How will we pay for all of this? Well, we won’t. After eight years of screaming about the Obama administration’s deficits and debt spending, this GOP budget will increase the national debt by – hang on — $1.4 trillion. Assuming current programs remain unchanged, the federal debt will swell by an additional $9.4 trillion over the next decade. Our children will understand. Still, the new budget does cut some wasteful spending, like on education, pollution and the National Institutes of Health. Specifically, it includes the elimination of food for education and water and wastewater loan programs. Smokey the Bear is going on welfare: The budget eliminates over 4,000 jobs in the Department of Interior and decreases funding for the United States Forest Service by $118 million. Hey, California, you don’t really need all those trees, do you? Out go funds for 49 National Historic Sites. It cuts funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and programs and grants for teacher training, after-school and summer care, and aid to low-income students.

Houston, you will be happy to know the budget reduces funding for FEMA. The EPA, that pesky agency that tries to protect us from acid rain, coal sludge in our creeks and air you can climb, suffers the elimination of more than 50 programs and 3,200 jobs. It cuts funding for the protection of endangered species, like conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans. The State Department’s budget is reduced almost a third — 29 percent. Here’s something we can all support. The new budget reduces funding for the Internal Revenue Service. But before we cheer too much, remember that, according to press reports, “Since 2010, Congress has cut the agency’s budget by nearly $1 billion, or 18 percent, adjusted for inflation, as the I.R.S. processes about 10 million more tax returns.” Its work force has been reduced by 21,000, or nearly one-quarter. This means when you try to call the IRS for advice and help in filing your own returns, you get put on Hold for like three days. The size of the compliance staff — the pros who go after tax evaders — has shrunk by one-third, and the ranks of criminal special investigators are thinner than at any time since the Nixon era. This means a lot of tax cheats have been getting by, and now even more will be able to dodge Uncle Sam. Guess who gets to make up the difference? I guess this also means we’ll never see Trump’s income taxes.

We are promised lower federal income taxes, but maybe not. Our first clue was the lobbyists circling above the Capitol. Stealing from other researchers, I find that a law was passed in 2004 giving companies a tax break on income that manufacturers earned from making things in the United States. Starbucks hired lobbyists to claim that it, too, was a producer, because the company roasts coffee beans. So Congress allowed coffee shops to deduct a percentage of every cup sold if it was made with beans they roasted off site. This became known as the Starbucks Footnote. Suddenly, everyone became a manufacturer. Movie studios got the break because they produced films, and tech giants won it, too, for making computer software. Construction companies got it for making buildings, and so did engineers and architects for designing them. The government initially estimated that the 2004 law would cost a net $27.3 billion from 2005 through 2014. It ended up costing over $90 billion during that period. This new budget should end that end-run. Finally, I’m all for cutting out fraud and waste, like weekly golf trips on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago. I’ll run it by the Trump daughters.


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