I need some help. I want to get a smile makeover with porcelain veneers. I asked my dentist to do it and I know he’s been learning about cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers, because we’ve been talking about it. However, when I asked him to do mine he said I’d be better off finding a different dentist. So, now I’m stuck trying to find another dentist. I was really surprised he said no because I thought he would jump at getting the practice. What do I do? I have no idea where to start.
First, I want you to understand what a great dentist you currently have. He sounds like he puts his patient’s interests above his own. Yes, using you as a practice case for porcelain veneers would have gone a long way to helping him develop his skill. But, he is a man with ethics and he cared more about your end result. He wanted to make sure you got the best smile makeover possible. It takes a great deal of technical skill plus artistry.
As for finding a highly skilled cosmetic dentist, I’m going to recommend the mynewsmile.com website to you. You can look up expert cosmetic dentists by your location. You can’t simply pay in order to get listed on their site. Instead, dentists have to show technical knowledge as well as submit sample cases they’ve completed to show they get beautiful results. Essentially, they do the search work for you.
Your dentist was right to have you go to someone else. You can have two dentists do the exact same case, with the same patient and specifications for what they’re wanting, with completely different results. There have been countless horror stories regarding patients who went to inexperienced cosmetic dentists and ended up with smiles which were worse than the ones they came to get fixed.
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