If you’re unhappy with your smile, a smile makeover may be recommended. By reshaping your teeth and whitening them at the same time, porcelain veneers are often the procedure of choice for your smile makeover. But not all dentists are skilled at providing porcelain veneers. So how do you find the best dentist for your porcelain veneers?
Here are a few key things to look out for.
When everything is said and done, you want to make sure that your cosmetic dentist can deliver great results with porcelain veneers. Look through a dentist’s before and after smile gallery and see how well they have been able to transform the smiles of their patients.
If you can, try to find out which procedures involve porcelain veneers. Hopefully, the gallery is either divided by procedure or, like ours, includes case studies of individual patients with descriptions of what was done.
When you’re looking at the smile gallery, also try to find cases that are as close to yours as possible. You’re trying to get an idea of what they can do for you. It’s easy to get distracted by some of the most dramatic cases, but remember that the most challenging achievement in cosmetic dentistry is one perfect tooth.
Training and Experience
Looking at results is vital. You don’t want to consider anyone who can’t deliver quality results. But how do you choose among the dentists that seem to be able to deliver good results? Start by looking at their training and experience.
Training shows that dentists have been taught how to approach many different aspects of the porcelain veneers procedure. It also shows that they may have associated knowledge that can improve the quality and longevity of results. Neuromuscular dentistry, for example, helps dentists design healthy bites that have balanced force. This leads to more comfortable veneers that aren’t being subjected to excess force. Excess force can damage veneers so they won’t last as long as you’d like.
Experience allows dentists to get better at applying the lessons they’ve learned. It can even teach some lessons that can’t be learned in the classroom. Your dentist should have years of experience handling porcelain veneers cases.
You can look on dentists’ websites to learn about this, but it’s best to talk to dentists in person about their training and experience.
Don’t forget to look at reviews of a dental practice. If possible, try to find reviews that talk about the procedures people got. But don’t be surprised if you can’t find that information: people don’t always like to talk about their porcelain veneers.
Don’t be swayed by one or two good or bad reviews. Read many reviews and try to get an overall sense of a dentist’s ability and their relationship with their patients.
Talk in Person
Before you decide to schedule a procedure with any one dentist, make sure that you’ve talked to a few in person. You want to work with a dentist that makes you feel comfortable. You’ll want to know that you can be honest in telling them about your cosmetic goals and reasons for seeking a smile makeover.