Thin Versus Traditional Porcelain Veneers

I can’t decide between two types of porcelain veneers for my smile makeover. I like the idea of the really thin veneers because of the no prep, but some of them have bad reviews. The traditional veneers seem to have better reviews, but you have to grind your teeth. Is there a real benefit to the traditional ones or would I be safe with the thin ones?


Dear Avery,

A dental tool holding up a porcelain veneer
Getting a beautiful smile makeover requires an expert cosmetic dentist

While it is great that you are doing research before investing in your smile makeover, you are investigating the wrong thing. It’s not the brand or type of porcelain veneers you get, such as ultra-thin versus traditional porcelain veneers.

Instead, the biggest factor in getting porcelain veneers is to get the best cosmetic dentist you can in your area of the country.

Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. Instead, any dentists interested in this sub sector of their field, have to invest in the training after they finish dental school. In order to get a beautiful smile, you have to find an expert cosmetic dentist.

There are two ways to go about this.

Finding an Artistic Dentist to do Your Porcelain Veneers

My recommendation is you go to the website and look up cosmetic dentists in your area. This website carefully screens any cosmetic dentists who wish to be listed in order to assure patient they are capable of giving them the smile of their dreams.

They’ve investigated both their technical prowess as well as their artistry. If you use one of their recommended dentists you will get a stunning smile. In fact, most of them have what is known as a beautiful smile guarantee.

They’ll know the subtleties between brands and will pick the one which best matches the characteristics you want in your dream smile.

One thing which may put your mind at ease. With traditional porcelain veneers, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to grind down your teeth. We don’t grind the teeth, that is for dental crowns and they’ll often end up looking like a nub in order to get the crown placed over the tooth.

With porcelain veneers, only the tiniest amount of structure is removed. It’s generally about the width of the fingernail.

This blog is brought to you by Newton Dentist Dr. David Newkirk.

I Swallowed Mercury From My Filling

I’m really worried. I had three silver fillings. I’d recently learned about the mercury content and tried not to freak out but couldn’t quite make it. I asked my dentist to remove them and switch them out for the white ones. He thought I was overreacting but agreed because they were old. I felt pieces of filling falling on my tongue. They’d get them, but I felt myself swallow one. I asked them to stop and explained what happened and they didn’t seem worried, but they weren’t worried about the filling anyway. Do I need to be concerned?


Dear Kelly,

amalgam and mercury-free fillings

It sounds like your dentist just removed the fillings without taking precautions. There is a specific procedure called a sanitary amalgam removal which allows patients to remove their silver fillings without the danger of swallowing or inhaling any mercury during the removal process.

Because your dentist doesn’t seem all that concerned about the mercury content in silver amalgam fillings as it is, he may not have even known about the proper procedure. If you have any of the fillings left to remove or find yourself in a similar position in the future, make sure you see a holistic dentist for your removal process.

How is a Holistic Dentist Different?

Holistic Dentists are general dentists who have a philosophy of considering the patient’s entire body in the course of treatment. For instance, they would only place mercury-free fillings in a patient’s mouth.

They’d also know the proper procedure to safely remove amalgam fillings as well as have the proper tools required to perform it.

There isn’t anything to counter swallowing mercury nor is there a cure for mercury poisoning. Your best bet is to avoid exposure in the future. The good news is you likely didn’t swallow enough to do any serious damage.

I’m sorry you’ve experienced this.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.