I recently read on Dr. Hall’s blog about a woman who was having a full-mouth reconstruction. Yes, this is mostly for function, however, it’s important it looks good as well. This poor woman had so many problems. Her dentist made the top teeth darker than the bottom, they weren’t the color she wanted (he told her she picked the wrong color), then one of the teeth were sharp.
When she mentioned that, he essentially said she’s too demanding and he can’t help her. She had the choice between having horrible teeth bonded on or leaving without teeth. She asked him to use a temporary bonding and he refused.
This is a horrific situation. If you want to read her complete post, you can here. However, the more important thing is knowing how to not end up in that type of situation to begin with.
Getting an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
This man wasn’t a true cosmetic dentist. I know that not just by his obvious lack of skill, but also by the manner in which he responded to her about the color as well as her dissatisfaction.
A true cosmetic dentist would have always deferred to the patient’s desires. Not only that, a temporary try-in paste is an automatic given.
If you’re looking for a great cosmetic dentist, your best bet would be to go the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website (aacd.com). They have a “find a cosmetic dentist” link. Now, here’s the thing. Any dentist can become a member of the AACD. What you want is someone who is accredited by them.
Accreditation is only achieved after passing both oral and written exams, as well as proving the artistry of their work. They have to turn in photographic evidence of a large number of cosmetic cases they’ve done.
If you want to avoid a situation like the one I mentioned, make sure you get an accredited dentist. Dentists who are accredited are the top cosmetic dentists in the country. They could give you a gorgeous smile makeover.
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