I’ve been wanting to get a smile makeover. I decided for monetary reasons to go with bonding instead of veneers. I want to do six teeth and am having trouble choosing the color. Is that something I do or the dentist? On that matter, I’m having trouble choosing between two cosmetic dentists who have great ratings on YELP. Is there anything else I should look for?
I think I can help. Let’s start with choosing your cosmetic dentist. First, while YELP is a great tool for checking reviews and getting information, it isn’t a great way to choose a cosmetic dentist. One of the reasons for that is its algorithm in listing the best is in the reviews. However, it doesn’t distinguish in what they reviewed. They could be giving the good review for being nice while filling cavities. That isn’t going to help you with whether or not he does beautiful cosmetic work. There are a couple of ways to find a great cosmetic dentist. YELP just doesn’t happen to work in this instance.
Porcelain Veneers Versus Dental Bonding
First, most cosmetic dentists won’t do a smile makeover with composite bonding. There are a couple of reasons for that. It takes longer to do a smile makeover with bonding because of the method used. Because of that, if you find a dentist who will do it, you may find it costs more.
Secondly, bonding doesn’t last very long. It will begin to pick up stains in around three years. You may think, “Well, then I can just whiten them.” Nope. Teeth Whitening doesn’t work on dental work. It will only work on natural tooth structure. The only way to get dental bonding white again is to have it redone. Now you’re paying twice the amount you originally planned.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are more stain-resistant than even your natural teeth. They do not really stain unless the glazing is damaged on them. They can last for a many, many years when well cared for.
Finding That Great Cosmetic Dentist
One very easy way to find an expert cosmetic dentist is to check one of two sites. The first is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). The AACD has an accreditation program which tests a dentist’s technical knowledge and requires visual evidence of their artistry. An AACD accredited dentist is skilled and artistic.
Another site which does something similar is mynewsmile.com. The dentists who are recommended on there aren’t necessarily accredited. However, it is run by an accredited dentist who verifies both their training and their artistry. Either one of these sites can help you find someone who can give you a stunning smile.
Without those options, you could always check the dentist’s smile gallery to see if you love the results they get. Just be sure they’re putting actual cases they’ve done and not just stock photos.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Dentist Dr. Jerome Cha.