Porcelain veneers are a fast, effective way to achieve a dazzling smile. These thin, tooth-colored shells are made of high-quality porcelain. They are custom crafted and bonded to the front of your teeth to camouflage a host of cosmetic dental issues. Crooked, misaligned and even misshapen teeth can be made to appear straighter with the help of veneers. They also can be used to turn permanently stained teeth into beautiful white teeth and close small gaps that exist between teeth. The experienced cosmetic dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX recommend that patients select a skilled dental professional to create and place their veneers. They offer their top tips for starting that search.
Get referrals and check reviews
Given the investment for durable, natural-looking veneers, chances are low that you have a trusted family member or friend who already has them. But if you do, ask about their experience, whether they were happy with the service they received from their cosmetic dentist and if they were pleased initially and currently with their results. You also may go online and read patient-penned reviews about leading cosmetic dentists to glean additional insight. Besides noting the number of star ratings he or she has received, look for opinions about the level of professionalism displayed by the dentist and the office’s support staff, the practice’s cleanliness, the treatment experience, what lab creates their veneers (such as DaVinci Labs in Hollywood), and any other tidbits that nod to the dentist’s knowledge and experience regarding designing and placing cosmetic veneers.
Do some homework
Well before you settle into a dentist’s chair, you should learn as much as possible about their education, training, and experience. Where did he or she attend dental school? Have they received any additional training? How long have they been in practice? Are they a member of any professional organizations? Many of these questions can be answered quickly and easily by reading the biography that most dentists post on their practice’s website, where helpful patient testimonials also may be available.
During your consultation, you may ask how frequently he or she creates and places veneers. Their answer may offer an important clue as to how capable they are of tackling a wide range of cases. Although most dentists receive some cosmetic dentistry training while in dental school, you may wish to see a doctor who focuses on the cosmetic dentistry field such as those at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX. Our cosmetic dentists have undergone additional training and are up to date on technological advances and trends.
View before-and-after photos
Reputable cosmetic dentists maintain a portfolio of before-and-after photos of patients and will allow you to see it - likely many will be on their website with discussions of what the patient was trying to accomplish. Take advantage of the opportunity to do so, since these photos often are an excellent indicator of the quality of work the dentist generally performs and the aesthetic results that they typically are able to achieve. Keep an eye out for photos of patients whose teeth share the same issues as yours to get a sense of how veneers may improve your smile.
Inquire about techniques used
There are specific techniques that cosmetic dentists use to create and apply veneers. The process may require one or more office visits. After determining which type and how many veneers you will require, the dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX will carefully remove a very small amount of enamel from the front of your tooth. Anesthesia is required to keep patients comfortable during this part of the procedure. Once the enamel is removed, the dentist will make an impression of the teeth that will receive veneers (ideally a 3D digital laser impression for optimal accuracy) and send it to their cosmetic to turn out the customized veneers. In about two weeks, the porcelain veneers will then be affixed to the teeth with a strong, long-lasting dental cement. Although most veneers are constructed and placed in a similar manner, it is wise to ask cosmetic dentists about the specific methods that they routinely use.
Assess your comfort level
Some cosmetic dentistry procedures, including veneers, may take more than one office visit to complete. That is why it is important that you feel comfortable with your cosmetic dentist and are able to openly express questions, comments, and concerns about your procedure and desired results. If you feel that he or she is not giving you their full attention or does not provide the skilled, compassionate care that you expect, then it may be best for you to consult with another dentist before proceeding with your treatment. Similarly, cosmetic dentistry sessions can be lengthy. You also may ask about any features that are offered, such as warm blankets, in-office music, and warm moist towels for cleanup. These help to pass the time as well as keep you calm and comfy during and after treatments.
Ask about costs
Because all cosmetic dentistry procedures are not covered by insurance, it is tempting to go with a dentist who offers low-cost veneers. However, this typically is not a good idea. Since most cosmetic dentists price their services competitively based upon their experience and the quality of materials utilized, if a doctor prices veneers at a dramatically lower rate than other North Texas dental pros, it may be indicative of underlying issues with his or her experience level or the use of less expensive materials and labs. Reputable dentists, including those at Dallas Laser Dentistry, will provide a written estimate of all anticipated costs associated with a procedure, including veneers. Most also offer payment plans and financing options for patients.
The smile transformations that can occur with dental veneers often are amazing. It requires the superior skills of a highly trained cosmetic dentist who is experienced at artfully crafting and masterfully placing them to accomplish such remarkable results. Don’t leave your smile up to chance. Contact Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX and schedule a Free Smile Consultation and Digital Smile Simulation today, and in two weeks you too may have a smile that’s contagious!