My daughter has come a long way. When she was 14 she ran away. She came back this year at 19-years-old. I barely recognized her. She was too thin and completely strung out on drugs. She could barely talk. I couldn’t believe this was the same little girl who used to cuddle in my lap while I read Little House on the Praire books to her. We took her back in. She was addicted to meth but once she could communicate told us she’d do anything to get her life together and she meant it. She’s completely off drugs. She got her G.E.D. and is preparing to go to a local university. I’m super proud of her. One of the things which still embarrasses her and I’m afraid will hurt her employment opportunities is her teeth. She has what I now know as meth mouth. I want to fix her teeth so she can feel confident when she smiles. But, I understand this is a gargantuan task that requires more than your average family dentist. How do I go about finding the best dentist to give her the beautiful smile she deserves?
What a great moment that must have been to get your little girl back. It reminds me of the prodigal son in the Bible. It sounds like you have good reason to be proud of the changes she’s made. None of that could have been easy for either of you. I’m sure just her coming off the meth was a torture you’d never want to experience again.
It’s good that you recognize this is above the abilities of most dentists. These type of smile makeovers require immense skill and artistry. You need not just one of the best dentists. You need the best of the best. My suggestion would be to find a dentist who’s reached accreditation level with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD Dentists are among the top 1% of dentists in the country. They’ll be able to give your daughter a stunning smile.
I’m trying to decide between durathing and lumineers for my smile makeover. Can you give me some idea which is less expensive?
Casey M. – Kansas
I want to try to re-direct your question. I’m assuming you’re after the best smile you can get. The prices of porcelain veneers change more based on the skill of your cosmetic dentist than it does the type of veneer you get.
You can get some dentists that will place lumineers for $500 a piece. To be quite frank, these dentists aren’t worth their salt. You’ll end up with a disappointment smile. Some patients have come to me with horror stories about how their “new” smile was much worse than their original smile.
What you want to look for is a great cosmetic dentist, not the brand of porcelain veneers. Your best cosmetic dentists will be accredited (which is different from membership) with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Find a great cosmetic dentist and they’ll get you the right porcelain veneers.
One thing you may want to be aware of, is very few artistic cosmetic dentists like Lumineers. The reason behind their distaste is the Lumineers company requires dentists to use a certain lab, the DenMat lab. It’s just not a very good lab. Cosmetic dentists know which labs do beautiful work and want the freedom to use them.
I was laid off about a year ago, from a job I had for seven years. I’ve had several interviews since then. They all tell me I’m highly qualified and then I don’t get the job. A friend mentioned it might be my teeth. They are kind of bucked and crooked. Can that be keeping me from getting a job?
Wally G.- Alabama
I couldn’t tell you for sure whether that was keeping you from landing the job, but I do know that (right or wrong) people do judge us on our appearance. One of the first things people notice about us is our smiles, so it is possible that your smile is putting them off.
What you don’t want is to add bulky, metalic braces to the mix when your smile is already bucked. My suggestion would be to get Invisalign. These aligners straighten your teeth without anyone knowing they are even there.
You might also look into teeth whitening at the same time.