I’ve been looking at a bunch of website smile galleries for before and after pictures with no-prep veneers. The results seem to vary so much, I am not sure how to interpret that. How can the same procedure with the same materials vary so much? Are there any tips you can give me to make sure mine are going to be beautiful?
You’ve made a great observation. There is a wide disparity amongst the results of smile makeovers. The key factors for the results of any makeover are the dentist and the ceramist. This is true whether you are doing prep or no-prep veneers. There are a few reasons for this. First, cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. That means any dentist can do cosmetic work regardless of the amount of training they’ve had. Now combine this with the fact that they don’t teach smile makeovers in dental school and you can see the problem. It takes a significant amount of training to be able to do these well.
But, there is more. If you took two artists, trained in the same school for the same number of years, and then commissioned them to do the same exact portrait, the results would be different. One would be more attractive and skilled than the other. Like, painting, sculpture, or dance smile makeovers are artforms, and the skill and artistic eye of the dentist matters.
The ceramist matters too. Think of this as a doctor and pharmacy. The doctor writes the prescription and the pharmacist fills it. What happens if you have a terrible pharmacist who doesn’t know how to follow the directions properly or who is just sloppy in his work?
With these dangers how do you guarantee your smile makeover will be stunning?
Choosing Your Cosmetic Dentist
Knowing you need a skilled and artistic dentist for your porcelain veneers, how do you go about finding one. You’ve tried one way by looking at the before and after pictures on their websites. Something that will work faster for you and let you know you are in the best hands possible is to go to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website and look for an accredited dentist in your area.
Note that accreditation is different than just being a member. AACD accredited dentists are the best cosmetic dentists in the world. They have passed stringent exams as well as had the artistry of their work evaluated by an accreditation board. Only the best of the best of the best will pass. If you want a guaranteed beautiful smile, use an AACD accredited dentist.
This blog is brought to you by La Jolla Dentist Dr. Stephen Doan.