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Want a dazzling smile

I’m going to have some cosmetic work done and I’m trying to find the best dentist in to do it.  My dentist suggested veneers and showed me his before and after pictures of cases he’s done.

I wasn’t that impressed with his pictures and wanted my smile to be more of a dramatic dazzle kind of thing. I want my smile to light up a room. How do I find a dentist who can do that?

Olivia R. – Virginia

Olivia,

You’re wise to look for a different dentist to do your cosmetic work. There are many well meaning family dentists, who are awesome at general dentistry, but just don’t have the artistic training for really gorgeous cosmetic work.

It’s a good idea to look for a smile gallery on each candidate’s website, so you can get a feel for whether his cosmetic work is something you’d be proud to show off. But, there are other things to look for as well.

Have they done significant post-graduate training in cosmetic work? Do they guarantee their work? Many good cosmetic dentists have something akin to a  “Beautiful Smile Guarantee,” which simply means that if you aren’t happy with your smile after the cosmetic work is done, the doctor will be glad to correct it. The procedures not considered finished until you’re thrilled.

 

There is a definitive way to be certain you’re getting the best possible dentist for your cosmetic work. If I were in your place, I’d want a dentist who was accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  There is a difference between membership and accreditation, so make sure he’s accredited.

These are among the top 1-3% of cosmetic dentists, not just in the country, but in the world.

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My crown doesn’t match my other teeth

I got my first dental crown.  I was already embarassed about having a fake tooth, but when he put the crown in I burst into tears. It doesn’t look at all like my other teeth. Technically it is the same color, but it doesn’t look right. I don’t know if this makes much sense, but  it looks “flat”. What it boils down too is I can tell it’s different and I’m embarassed. My dentist says it looks fine. Is there anything I can do?

Elaine T. – New York

Elaine,

I’m sorry this has happened to you. Obviously you have a more artistic eye than your dentist. Unfortunately, if your dentist isn’t willing to do it again, there isn’t much you can do.  The “standard” for dental care is functional, so you’re unlikely to win a refund in court if  the crown functions properly. I know that seems unfair, but currently there is no ethical standard of aesthetics.

This doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with an ugly crown. It just means it has to be re-done to a higher standard. I don’t think you currently have the best dentist to do this.  Creating beautiful dental work takes more than technical skill. It takes an artistic eye. I’d look for someone who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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My dentist thinks I’m an idiot

There is nothing I deplore more than being talked down to. My dentist and I have always gotten on generally well. However, since I’ve had a child, I’ve done more research….well, let’s say a neurotic amount of research. My daughter needs a filling. I want a composite filling for her, not a silver filling. My dentist insists they are inferior to silver fillings. I know they’re not, but it’s more than that. He treated me like some idiot.  Do you have a recommendation on how to convince him?

Shari D. – Washington

Shari,

I’ll be honest. I think this isn’t the best dentist for your family. You really want someone who listens to you. Plus, you’re right, his information is inacurate. However, I suspect he really knows better, but isn’t comfortable placing them. He’d never admit that, so he tries to make you feel like you know less than he does.

Don’t force the issue. If he’s uncomfortable with the procedure, he’s likely not to do it well.  You’ll need to find a dentist that is more comfortable listening to you. You might also want to ask ahead of time if they’re a mercury free dentist. That will ensure that you’re able to get your daughter composite fillings.

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