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Dental Cosmetic Solutions for Bulimic

I’m in therapy for Bulimia. One of the things my dentist suggested is making myself feel more attractive in healthy ways. I’ve been thinking about it and I want to fix my teeth. The bulimia has done quite a number on them. What should I do?

Karen

Dear Karen,

Smiling young brunette

I think you’re onto a great idea. Not only will it make you feel more attractive, but it will significantly improve the health of your teeth, which are likely struggling right now. The last thing you need during your recovery is one more thing to worry about.

My suggestion is to have porcelain crowns done on the teeth that have sustained damage from the purging process. Then, the healthy, visible teeth can have porcelain veneers. You may be wondering why not just do crowns on all the teeth? You could, but most dentists want to be as conservative as possible when it comes to removing healthy tooth structure. Crowns require a removal of tooth structure on the entire tooth. Porcelain veneers just require a mild shaving on the front to prepare the teeth. Keep what you can is always a good motto when it comes to your teeth!

Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Now for the tricky part— you need to find the right cosmetic dentist. You’ll want someone with both technical skill and artistry who can give you the stunning smile of your dreams. The problem is there isn’t a recognized specialty for cosmetic dentistry. So, any dentist can do cosmetic procedures.

You’d think that would mean opportunities abound to get a great smile, but not all of them are that skilled. In fact, two dentists can do the same smile makeover for the same person and one will turn out horrible and the other gorgeous. So, how is a patient to know who will give them a Hollywood smile and who will make them a cosmetic horror story?

Fortunately, the mynewsmile.com website has done the research for you. They examine a dentist’s cosmetic training as well as cases they’ve actually performed to ensure they’re artistic as well. What you do is go to their site. They have a “find a cosmetic dentist” link. Then you put in your zip code and how many miles you’re willing to travel for a gorgeous smile. They’ll pull up a list for you. It’s that simple. You’ll be safe with any cosmetic dentist they recommend. In fact, most of them are so good, they have a beautiful smile guarantee.

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Which Cosmetic Dentist is Better for Tetracycline Stains?

I’ve been saving to get my tetracycline stains taken care of. I talked to my dentist about it. I was a little hesitant because he is a family dentist that doesn’t generally do cosmetic work. He would like to place crowns on all the teeth. That comes in under budget for me, but as I was concerned about his ability I went to get a second opinion by another family dentist who does a lot of cosmetic work. He wants to do one crown (on a tooth that already has one) and porcelain veneers on the remainder of teeth. ┬áThis comes in several thousand over budget. Which dentist is right, the general dentist or the cosmetic dentist?

Starla M. – Michigan

Starla,

You’re wise to get a second opinion. Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t a specialty, so any general dentist can do it. However, their skill levels vary (sometimes drastically) from dentist to dentist. In your particular situation that difference is even more important.

While porcelain veneers are the standard treatment in these cases, tetracycline stains are among some of the most difficult type of stains to treat. The reason for that is how deep and dark the stains are. ┬áThe trick comes in getting the veneers opaque enough to cover the stains without having them so opaque that they don’t look vibrant and natural.

You’ll need a dentist with a tremendous amount a skill. Look at the kind of cosmetic dentistry training that Dr. Bader has. This will give you an idea of the type of cosmetic dentist you’ll need.

Additionally, make sure they show you before and after pictures of tetracycline cases they’ve personally done. Often technical knowledge and training isn’t enough. They need an artistic eye.

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