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Questions about Cosmetic Work

I want to get porcelain veneers, but have some questions. I can’t afford to get them on all my teeth, so can I just whiten them? If so, do I do it before or after the veneers? Another question I have is about Invisalign. I have a slightly crooked front tooth. When I talked to my dentist, he hinted that I may want to do Invisalign before getting the veneers. I may be wrong about this, but I thought that porcelain veneers could make teeth look straight. Was I wrong about that?

Simone

Dear Simone,

Porcelain veneer being placed on a tooth.

I am a bit concerned about the dentist you are using for this. I will say that up front. We’ll get into that more in a moment. First, let me answer your questions.

You should almost always whiten your teeth when you are getting porcelain veneers, even if it is just for your bottom teeth. Teeth whitening is even more important if you are not getting enough veneers to cover all the visible top teeth when you smile. This should definitely be done before getting any porcelain veneers. It is much easier to match porcelain veneers to the whitened teeth exactly. It’s almost impossible to stop the whitening at the perfect time.

Invisalign and Porcelain Veneers

Invisalign aligner

As for Invisalign, I haven’t seen your case, but in many cases Invisalign can make your teeth look straight when done by a skilled, artistic cosmetic dentist. The way you described your situation I would think porcelain veneers would do a fine job.

My guess is your dentist is not comfortable with that portion of the makeover, so he’s trying to convince you to pay for Invisalign to make his job easier.

How to Get a Beautiful Smile Makeover

You are not going to get the smile makeover you want with this dentist. I get the feeling he has not invested in much post-doctoral training in cosmetic work. Here is the problem you are facing. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. That means any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist.

Even worse, doing smile makeovers is not taught in dental school. It is completely up to the dentist how much training they invest in. So, how will you go about finding a dentist skilled enough to provide you with a beautiful smile?

The easiest way is to find an AACD accredited dentist. This is a program that was started by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to give patients a way of knowing which dentists have the skills and artistry to provide you with a stunning smile. Dentists who pass accreditation are the best cosmetic dentists in the country.

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