Finding an Expert Cosmetic Dentist

Thank you for you excellent help with my question about porcelain veneers. I realize now I should have done more research on cosmetic dentists. Can you give me some advice on how to find the kind of skilled dentist you talked about?

Carlee O.- Jacksonville, FL

Carlee,

That is a great question. I could tell you ways to spend hours researching training and artistry, but fortunately someone has already taken the time to do that. If you will go to mynewsmile.com website, they have a link called “Find a Cosmetic Dentist”. They list out expert cosmetic dentists from each state. They even have some listings for other countries. The person who runs this site is a highly skilled cosmetic dentist himself, who no longer practices.  He does all the research. Not only do the dentists have to demonstrate their education and training in cosmetic dentistry, but they have to show examples of their work to illustrate their artistry. The standards for being recommended on the site are very high. You’d be safe with anyone of them.

I hope this helps. To read Carlee’s original question, click here.

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My veneers are broken & making me lisp

I had four porcelain veneers put on my front teeth.  In the first week they all cracked and fell off.  My dentist tried several times to bond them back on, but with no success. I went to another dentist he recommended. He made new veneers for me, but these are longer than the others were and now I have a lisp when I talk. I’m not sure I like how they look. Do you know what is going on? I’ve spent over six grand on these and now I’m wondering if I should just have left my teeth the way they were.

Carlee O.- Jacksonville, FL

Carlee,

The problem is the dentists you’ve chosen. An expert cosmetic dentist would never have had the problems you’ve experienced. I don’t know how you decided on your original dentist. Maybe he was just your family dentist and he told you he was able to handle the procedure. Though he may have learned how to place porcelain veneers, that does not make him a skilled cosmetic dentist. The bonding techniques alone take tremendous skill. You’ve seen the results of not doing those right. Even if a veneer cracks, if it is bonded on correctly it will not fall off.

With the second dentist, obviously you just went with who your dentist recommended, but he obviously doesn’t know what he’s doing either.  The lisp comes from the length. When they are too long, it can cause a lisp. So, not only do they look funny, but they have caused a speech impediment.

My recommendation is for you to bite the bullet and have them re-done by an expert cosmetic dentist. One who is not only skilled with the technical aspects that will prevent problems with bonding and speech, but is also an artist. With an artistic cosmetic dentist, you can have the smile of your dreams.

It’s probably advisable to have more than four teeth done. However, if that is all you want I recommend you do teeth whitening on the remainder of your teeth so they will match in color with your veneers.

This blog is brought to you by Boston Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.