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Which Dentists Should Do Smile Makeovers?

I’ve been going to the same dentist for years. He’s always been good to my family. I’ve noticed lately he’s been promoting the fact that he does smile makeovers with something called porcelain veneers. I thought that was just for cosmetic dentists. Can regular dentists do them too? I was thinking of getting one myself.

Maxine

Dear Maxine,

Woman with beautiful smile
Finding the Best Dentist for Your Smile Makeover

You’ve brought up a very common misconception when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. There isn’t a recognized specialty to become a Cosmetic Dentist like you’d find with an oral surgeon or a pediatric dentist. A cosmetic dentist is simply a general dentist who also does cosmetic procedures.

Because there’s no standard in study for that area of dentistry, you can imagine the results vary widely from dentist to dentist. So while any dentist is allowed to do a smile makeover, it doesn’t mean they should.

One dentist may simply take a short seminar on how to place Lumineers and start offering that service to patients, marketing himself as Lumineers certified; while another dentist will spend years developing his artistry and skills with placing porcelain veneers investing money and time at advanced post-graduate dental training centers.

When it comes to a smile makeover, you definitely want the later dentist. So, how does a patient go about finding the best dentist for their cosmetic work? Do they interview the dentist about their hours? How many hours is enough? Should they ask to see their smile gallery? Fortunately, there is an organization who’s done all that work for you.

Finding the Best Dentist for a Smile Makeover

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) started an accreditation program for just this purpose. While any dentist can become a member of the AACD, it takes a great deal of technical knowledge and a demonstration of artistry on a wide variety of cosmetic cases to receive accreditation.

In your place, I would simply ask your dentist if he’s AACD accredited. They’re among the top cosmetic dentists in the world. If I were paying the kind of money a great smile makeover costs, I’d want to make sure I get the most stunning smile possible. Fortunately, most expert cosmetic dentists offer a beautiful smile guarantee, so you don’t have to worry about becoming another cosmetic dentistry horror story.

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How Do I Find the Best Dentist to Fix a Cosmetic Tooth Disaster?

Help! I spent half my savings on a smile makeover and it’s a disaster. My dentist suggested Lumineers because my teeth wouldn’t need to be shaved. I thought that would be better for my teeth. What he didn’t tell me was how bulky they’d look. I feel like I have the smile of a donkey. Plus, the color isn’t anything like I expected. They look opaque to me instead of translucent. Can this be fixed? How do I find the best dentist to fix them?

Lucinda C.

Dear Lucinda,

A single porcelain veneer being held up by a dental instrument
Finding the Best Dentist for a Smile Makeover

These type of tragedies are way too common. A patient spends a lot of money to get a beautiful smile only to end up with a disaster that was worse than their natural teeth were to begin with. Most patients tend to leave it to their regular family dentist to do their smile makeover out of a sense of loyalty.

Unfortunately, unless your family dentist has invested extensive time and training in developing their technique and artistry for creating gorgeous smiles with porcelain veneers, the results are rarely what you’d expect and often disappointing.

Lumineers are often marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists as being easy to place because they’re considered “no-prep”. Well, you’ve seen what no prep can sometimes end up looking like.

Finding the Best Dentist to Fix Your Cosmetic Disaster

First, your dentist should not have permanently bonded your Lumineers on without letting you see what they looked like with a temporary try-in paste. The fact that he did and they look so unacceptable to you, you have the right to ask for a refund. Then it becomes a matter of finding the right dentist to give you a stunning smile.

The easiest way is to find a cosmetic dentist who’s reached accreditation level with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). These are the best cosmetic dentists in the country. Not every area has them. However, it’s worth it to do a little traveling to get the best. There are some cosmetic clients who fly across the country to get their cosmetic work done. But, I realize not everyone is living on a celebrity’s budget.

If you don’t have one at a reasonable distance, look on the mynewsmile.com website. Some dentists are in the process of reaching accreditation level and are equally skilled. This site checks out the technical and artistic skill of the dentist before allowing them to list on their site. No one can simply purchase their way to the list.

I hope this helps!

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How Do I Know If My Dentist Is the Best for My Smile Makeover?

I’m worried I should go to a different dentist for my smile makeover. He’s a really nice man, but when I suggested I get porcelain veneers he said that crowns would be a better option. I told him I didn’t want to grind my teeth down when they’re healthy. He said he was willing to get certified to place Lumineers for me. He’s super sweet and I love that he’s willing to learn something to help me but I’m not sure I want to be his first case, especially because this will essentially wipe out my life savings. What do you think?

Carrie E.

Dear Carrie,

Woman with beautiful smile

Your gut instinct is right. It does sound like you have a very caring dentist, but he won’t be the best dentist for your smile makeover. You need someone who’s had significant training and skill in cosmetic dental work. It takes a lot of training and artistry. It doesn’t mean you have to switch dentists altogether. Just for your smile makeover. You can still see your regular dentist for everything else.

Look for a dentist in your area who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). These are the dentists who have the skill you need to create a gorgeous smile. In fact, most of them have a beautiful smile guarantee.

The Best Way to Care for Your New Smile

Now one thing to understand is your dentist won’t know the right way to care for your new smile after you finally get it. The important thing will be to make sure they don’t use anything like a prophy jet or other power jet to clean your teeth. That will remove the glaze from your porcelain veneers and they’ll quickly become ruined.

He sounds like a responsible dentist. It might not be a bad idea for him to learn about how to properly care for them for your further cleanings and check-ups. I bet he’d be willing to do that, especially because he offered to get certified in Lumineers for you.

By the way, tell him if he’s truly interested in learning about placing porcelain, not to waste his time with the Lumineers seminar. He’d be better off learning about true aesthetic dentistry at somewhere like LVI. Obviously, he’d probably take that better from a peer than a patient, so feel free to show him this post.

Best of luck with your smile makeover.
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How to Find the Best Dentist When You Move

We’re moving across the country. We’ve had a fantastic dentist all of our lives. It’s sad to me that we have to leave the clinic. I’m pretty sure we’ve had the best dentist in our state. Is there an easy way to locate the best dentist in our new state?

Emily P.

Dear Emily,

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I’ll give you some tips to narrow down your dentist choices. The first thing you need to do is decide what services are important to you. For instance, if you’ll want someone who focuses only on general dental services you’ll go one route. But, if you are interested in cosmetic dental services there will be additional things to look for.

I’m going to go on the assumption you’re looking for a good cosmetic dentist because those are harder to find. There is no recognized specialty for cosmetic dentistry so every cosmetic dentist is just a general dentist who offers cosmetic procedures. As with any art based skill, there are a large variety of skills among the artists.

Because it’s extremely difficult for patients to know ahead of time which dentists are skilled at creating beautiful smiles and which are really bad at it, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) developed an accreditation program. Those cosmetic dentists which reach accreditation are among the most skilled, artistic dentists in the world. If getting a smile makeover is important to you, you’ll want an AACD accredited dentist.

Now, you likely fell in love with your dentist because of his personality. He showed interest and care about your family. It won’t do you any good if your dentist is artistic, but a total jerk. So, once you’ve found an AACD accredited dentist in your area, look at their smile gallery to be certain you like the results they get. You’ll also want to make sure they have some form of beautiful smile guarantee. Then, go onto sites like Google Review or Yelp! and read reviews patients have given them. You want to make sure they’re good with patients.

If you take these steps, you’re very likely to find at least one of the best dentists in your new area. If cosmetic work isn’t important to you, then just look at reviews to make sure they’re friendly and do work that holds up.

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Who’s the Best Dentist for a Recovering Bulimic?

I’ve struggled with bulimia for years and am finally on the road to recovery. It’s been hard but I’m doing much better recently.  One of the things I’m doing is trying to repair some of the damage my purging has caused. My teeth are in bad shape and I caused it. I need to find the right type of dentist for this. I don’t want one who’s going to make me feel any worse than I already do.

Meredith G.

Dear Meredith,

Wow! You’re a strong woman. I’m proud of the dynamic recovery you’ve made thus far. I appreciate the steps you’re trying to take. You’re also wise to try to find the best type of dentist for this situation.

You’ll want to work with an expert cosmetic dentist. They have the experience in working with bulimic patients. Plus, you’ll be certain whatever work they do will be beautiful.  The last thing you need at this stage of your recovery is shoddy work which makes you feel worse about yourself.

The dentist will want to look at the damage to the back of your teeth. Your purging causes a lot of acid to attack the back of your teeth. It may be that will cause you to need some all-porcelain crowns, but don’t worry. A good cosmetic dentist will make them stunning.

Your best bet is to get an accredited dentist with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  They’re the top cosmetic dentists in the country and will give you a smile you will be unbelievably proud to share with people.

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Can a Cosmetic Dentistry Disaster Be Fixed?

I spent a small fortune on a smile makeover. The “teeth” aren’t nearly as white as I wanted. My dentist says it’s because they need to look natural. They’re also a little wider than I expected. One of them keeps falling off. I’ve had my dentist put it back on three times, which he has done without charging me. But, he’s getting tired of it because the last time he casually mentioned that it’s a tooth that didn’t need much work and probably doesn’t need the veneer anyway.  I don’t think he wants to keep putting it back on. I don’t know what I’m doing to keep knocking it off. Can this be fixed?

Stacey L. – Virginia

Stacey,

He said what!? Seriously?  Believe me, you’re not the problem. This dentist is.  I’m sure he’s a fine family dentist. He’s just not the best dentist for your in this situation. Though not a recognized specialty, cosmetic dentistry is an entirely different beast than general dentistry.

To do it well requires significant post-graduate training and an artistic eye. Some things can’t be taught. Ideally, you’ll want a dentist is who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). That’s more than just a membership. These dentists are among the top cosmetic dentists in the world.

You’re not the problem with this porcelain veneer falling off. He is.  He’s not bonding it properly. Yet another evidence he doesn’t have the skill required here. And to answer your question, yes, it can be fixed, just not by this dentist. If it falls off again, don’t go to him. Go to a qualified, skilled cosmetic dentist to get a second opinion on your case. It’s possible you can get a refund and have it done by someone who can give you a stunning smile. One that is as brilliantly white as you dreamed.

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Best Dentist for a Gum Ache?

I have a weird problem and I’m not sure if it’s best to see a dentist or a doctor. My gums, on the teeth next to my front teeth, ache and itch at the same time.  I’ve had a cold, so I don’t know if that’s related to it.  Is it best to see a doctor or dentist?

Donna M. – Ohio

Donna,

That’s a great question.  There is not really a right or wrong here. It would be medical or dental.  A cold can inflame your sinuses which are near the area you’re describing, which can mimic a tooth problem.

Here’s what I’d recommend. If you’re due for a cleaning or are prone to decay and tooth infections, it would be best to see the dentist first. Then you can eliminate any issues that could blow up on you. It will also give you peace of mind.

However, If your cleanings are up to date and you had no problems at the check-up, it might be better to see the doctor first.

Alternately, if it was just a cold and you’re not running a fever, you could just give it a few days to see if it’s just a sinus flare up. It may go away on its own.

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Who’s the Best Dentist to Do Porcelain Veneers?

If I want to get a great smile. How do I know who’s the best dentist for porcelain veneers?

Kevin C. – Maryland

Kevin,

I’m glad you’re asking about this before just going to your family dentist for treatment.  Most patients don’t know that cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. That means any general dentist, no matter how much or little training they have in cosmetic procedures can call themselves a cosmetic dentist.

If you want a guaranteed gorgeous smile, then the best dentist to go to is one who is accredited with the American Academy fo Cosmetic Dentistry. Accreditation is different than membership.  To get accredited you have to pass stringent tests both written and oral, as well as demonstrate your artistic ability in a variety of sample cases that the dentist performed on actual patients.

It’s worth it even if you have to drive to a nearby city to get to one. If you’re going to invest the money, you might as well get the most skilled, artistic dentist to create your new smile.

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How Can I Get My Dentist Nominated For Best Dentist?

I just had my first good experience with a dentist EVER. He was amazing. I have some dental anxiety and he was completely patient with me. Not once did I feel threatened. He was gentle. He explained everything he was going to do before he did it.  He spent time with me and answered my questions without making me feel like I was using up too much of his time. And to top it off, not only did he explain which procedures he was recommending, but he also told me alternative treatments that cost less. I really want him recognized for the incredible dentist he is. Is there a way to get him nominated for “best dentist”?

Cindy K. – VA

Cindy,

It’s great that you’ve found such a great dentist. There’s no better feeling of peace and well-being than having a care giver you feel you can trust.  There are several things you can do to give your new dentist the recognition he obviously deserves.

First, write him a note, telling him exactly what you told us. I can assure you it will make his day. You may also want to give him permission to use your testimony on his website.

Second, write him a great review online. There are Google Reviews, and Yelp Reviews, as well as Rate Your Medical Practitioner Reviews. Don’t just give him 5 stars. Take the extra time to type out what you just told us.  That will help potential patients understand what kind of quality care they’re in for if they visit him.

Lastly, many cities have a “Best of” issue of their local magazine. Call your local magazine’s office and ask them when the voting comes out for that issue. You can certainly nominate him for Best Dentist then.

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I’m Terrified of Becoming A Horror Story

I had a friend get a horrible…and I mean horrible smile makeover. She spent thousands of dollars and her orignal smile, which did need lots of work, was better than what this quack gave her.  Believe it or not, I’m now considering getting my own smile makeover. That being said, I don’t want to end up with a disaster. Is there a way to separate the pretenders from the real deal?

Jamie W. – New York

Jamie,

That’s probably one of the most important questions you can ask before embarking on your own smile makeover (as well as your hard earned money). You want to find the best dentist possible, especially since cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized specialty. Any general dentist can learn a procedure or two (regardless of their skill level) and call themselves a cosmetic dentist.

In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry  (AACD) was started in part to help potential cosmetic dentistry patients with just that question.

Their goal was to create an accreditation process, so that patients could locate highly skilled cosmetic dentists.

If I were in your position, I would go to a dentist who is accredited with the AACD.  Accreditation is different than membership.  You can just join to be a member. To become accredited, you must demostrate both technical skill and artistic beauty in your work. It’s a long process and very few dentists reach that level, but it will be worth worth your time and money to seek one out.

You’ll end up with a stunningly gorgeous smile you can’t help but show off.

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