Switching dentists in the middle of treatment

I’ve been getting crowns placed on twelve teeth. I had decided between a prosthodontist and a cosmetic dentist for this procedure. I decided to go with the prosthodontist because I felt there would be more expertise with the technical aspects of it. I was very specific with him about what I wanted in the appearance of the teeth and he assured me he could do it. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. I’ve already had him re-do the first set twice. They just don’t look natural. It looks like I’ve got a set of badly done dentures. I think I should have gone with the cosmetic dentist. Can I switch or is it too late?

Desi J.- Anaheim, CA


You can absolutely switch. Your dentist is under an ethical obligation to make sure the transition goes smoothly. The two dentist will need to get together to work out what needs to be done and what payments will need to be made to whom.

I understand your thinking behind getting a prosthodontist, however, they tend to be engineers and are not experienced with aesthetics. Getting a cosmetic dentist is a good step, but not everyone who calls themselves a cosmetic dentist is actually skilled in the artistry required to give you the type of smile you are looking for. You want to find an expert cosmetic dentist.  See if someone in your area is accredited by (not just a member of)  the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). If so, they will be completely qualified. If you can’t find one close enough to travel to, then look on the mynewsmile.com website. They list expert cosmetic dentists by state. You’ll also be safe with anyone listed on their website.

If you choose the right dentist, you will have beautful, natural looking porcelain crowns.

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Speech issues with Snap-on Smile

I recently received a snap on smile device. I really  like how it improves the appearance of your smile, my only problem is that it makes it hard for me to read out loud. I volunteer at a school to read to classes and this has made it difficult. Do you know of another company that does this type of device that isn’t so bulky?

Bernadette P.- San Francisco


The DenMat company is the only one I know of that puts this out, but that is the device you already have. Because it snaps on to the top of your teeth, it makes your teeth feel bulkier. This could be what is affecting your speech. If you want to upgrade your smile, without something bulky on your teeth, you may want to look into getting porcelain veneers. They are more expensive than Snap-On Smile, but they are significantly more beautiful and last for decades as opposed to a few years. Plus, they are permanently bonded to your teeth. You’ll never have to worry about them coming off or needing to take them off to clean your teeth.

If you decide to get them, make sure you go to an expert cosmetic dentist. This way you’ll be sure to get a stunning smile.

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