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Another Cosmetic Dentist Horror Story

I don’t know what to do. I had a chipped tooth on my front teeth which had been fixed with bonding. I’d since moved and the bonding needed to be repaired. My new dentist said veneers were a more longterm solution. I agreed, but when he went to do them he noticed I had fillings and said they couldn’t be done. Instead, he suggested I get crowns. I’ve always been of the opinion the professional knows best, but now I’m doubting myself. The crowns looked fine when he showed them to me, but on my teeth they are grayish in color and I haven’t smiled since I received them. Do you have any helpful suggestions? What went wrong?

Lara

Dear Lara,

photo of a chipped front tooth
Fixing a chipped tooth should be a no-brainer for a good cosmetic dentist

I’m so sorry this has happened to you. In fact, I’m guessing your smile looks worse now than before. The only thing that went wrong is you trusted in an incompetent cosmetic dentist you shouldn’t have. I know it’s natural to trust your medical professional. In no way am I blaming you. It sounds like your dentist is trying to dabble in cosmetic dentistry but doesn’t yet have either the knowledge or the skill.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number One

The standard repair for a chipped tooth is dental bonding, so your previous dentist was right about that. Suggesting a porcelain veneer would normally be considered a massive overtreatment. There was one thing your new dentist said correctly. The veneers do last longer than bonding, but they’re much more expensive.

Porcelain veneers are used to do total smile makeovers. They’re an incredible procedure and can completely transform a smile in the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist. But, it’s a huge expense for a simple chipped tooth. Either he doesn’t know how to do dental bonding or he was just trying to squeeze more money out of you.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number Two

Having fillings would not have kept you from getting porcelain veneers. The bonding would have worked just fine. This leads me to believe your dentist doesn’t understand the basics about his field.

Cosmetic Dental Mistake Number Three

He didn’t do a try-in of your porcelain crowns. How they look on your teeth is completely different than how they look before they’re bonded. The part of your natural tooth structure that is left effects the coloring. That’s why experienced cosmetic dentists will use a temporary try-in paste so you can see them and give approval of the true appearance before permanent bonding.

Where Do You Go From Here?

In your place, I’d ask for a refund and go to a skilled cosmetic dentist to have this case re-done. He lied to you about the fillings and did a poor job on the crowns. Unfortunately, because dental crowns require a severe grinding down of your natural teeth, you’re stuck with them. You’ll have to have crowns made again. The good news is, in the hands of an artistic dentist, you can have a gorgeous smile once more.

To find that dentist, look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area.

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

Invisalign for Minor Ortho Spacing

I had the full deal of braces when I was younger. They worked fine but I never really wore my retainer. As a result, I have some minor spacing issues, especially on my lower arch. I know now how stupid that was, but hindsight is 20/20. Now that I’m an adult, it bugs me. You can’t tell when I’m smiling but I know the spaces are visible when I talk. I’m too old for another mouth full of braces, but am wondering if Invisalign a good option for someone in my position?

Monica

Dear Monica,

A woman inserting her Invisalign aligners onto her teeth

Don’t beat yourself up too much. You’re not the first teenager to skip their retainer and I’m more than certain you won’t be the last. Invisalign will be a great option for you. In fact, if all you have is minor spacing issues, you’re probably a good candidate for Invisalign Express. It shouldn’t take very long and it’s just as Invisible. You’ll have those spacing issues fixed in no time.

I can tell your smile is important to you. As it is one of the first things people notice about you, it’s good that you do. First impressions matter, especially if you’re involved in the business world.

There’s an additional benefit to Invisalign you might be interested in.

Invisalign and Teeth Whitening

If your teeth have picked up stains over the years, teeth whitening can remove them making you look years younger. On its own, it’s an affordable smile makeover. Combined with Invisalign it’s like getting two for one. That’s because your aligners can double as teeth whitening trays. All you’ll need is to purchase some professional whitening gel from your dentist.

Going All Out

If you’re happy with your smile, other than the spacing, then the above is all you really need. However, if there’s anything you’d wished you could change about your smile that you thought was impossible, it’s not.

With porcelain veneers, you can change absolutely anything—the shape of your teeth, their size, their color, even their character. They’re a total smile makeover. The only trick is making sure you get a skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist to do them. They’re an advanced procedure which requires both post-graduate training and some natural artistic skill.

You can find one by going on mynewsmile.com. They research cosmetic dentists who wish to be listed. Only those with the highest technical skill, who can give you a gorgeous smile make it.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

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.

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

Best Smile Makeover for My Nephew

My nephew wants to be an actor. He’s actually quite good. I think the only thing which could hold him back is his smile. It’s not quite Hollywood material. I really believe in him so I’ve offered to pay for a complete smile makeover for him, no matter the cost. I’ve been told to get him Lumineers by our dentist, but truthfully, I’ve never thought he did the most stunning work. So, I’m writing someone whose smile gallery does seem to have beautiful work but also won’t make money from me because of the distance to get a second opinion. I think his biggest problems are some crooked and stained teeth, but I want his smile to look fantastic!

Audrey

Dear Audrey,

First, let me say you are a very devoted aunt and it is wonderful that your nephew has someone who believes in him and gives him support. Acting is a tough career so knowing you’re behind him will give him confidence. I think young people should always be given a chance to live their dreams.

Secondly, I’d like to say that you’ve made the right decision not going forward with your dentist’s plan of Lumineers. This particular brand is not known for its good results. Some of that is the dentists who use the brand and some if it is the lab they require dentists to use. Either way, if you want your nephew to have a stunning smile, Lumineers is not the way to go.

I have two great options for your nephew.

A Smile Makeover with Invisalign and Teeth Whitening

before and after picture of a woman's smile who used Invisalign
An Invisalign Case

If the only thing wrong with his smile is some staining and crooked teeth, those two things can be easily repaired. He can even repair them simultaneously. Above, you’ll see before and after images of an Invisalign case done by Dr. Bader. Once her teeth were straightened with Invisalign, she couldn’t stop smiling.

Whatever dentist you choose could also use the Invisalign aligners as teeth whitening trays allowing him to do both procedures simultaneously.

This may be all he needs. They’re very easy procedures and don’t cost a fortune.

A Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers

before and after porcelain veneer images
Smile makever done with porcelian veneers

If you’re looking for a top of the line smile makeover, then porcelain veneers are your likely procedure. This is what most people think of when they say a “Hollywood Smile”. Veneers are able to change anything about your nephew’s smile—their shape, size, color, even their character. An expert cosmetic dentist can do miracles and create a work of art.

Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist

What he’ll need is an expert cosmetic dentist. My suggestion would be for you to look on the mynewsmile.com website. They screen cosmetic dentists and only recommend those who meet their high standards of technical excellence and artistry. You can search by your nephew’s zip code and even place the distance you’re willing to travel.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

What Do You Think of Lumineers for a Tooth Gap?

I have a giant tooth gap. I think the dentist said 8 mm. Originally my dentist recommended snap on smile, but I ended up not liking those. It looked completely fake. Even if it had looked better, I wouldn’t have been happy with it long because I couldn’t wear it all the time. I wasn’t sure what to do and I definitely don’t want a mouth full of metal braces. So, my dentist recommended Lumineers. This time I want to get a second opinion before I spend money on another useless procedure. Especially, because this one is so much more expensive.

Maddy K.

Dear Maddy,

Newton Invisalign

I can’t tell you how glad I am you wrote. You’re going to be glad to because I am about to save you from a very expensive disaster. You mentioned your snap-on smile looked completely fake. My guess is that’s because your dentist isn’t a skilled cosmetic dentist. Snap-on smile isn’t as stunning as porcelain veneers no matter how well they’re done, but they certainly shouldn’t look fake.

Lumineers are a brand of porcelain veneers which are often marketed to inexperienced dentists as being easy to place. While they may be easy to place, they’re definitely not easy to make beautiful. In fact, most expert cosmetic dentists won’t place them because their lab isn’t one of the best.

Your case is more complicated. The gap between your teeth is large enough to fit another tooth. It would take a highly skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist.

Two Solutions: Invisalign or Porcelain Veneers

There are two good options for you. The first is Invisalign. You mentioned you were opposed to braces. By any chance did your dentist mention Invisalign as an alternative to you? It uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth, and in less time than traditional braces.

Because it uses aligners instead of metal, no one can tell you’re even wearing anything. They also have a very high patient satisfaction rate because of how comfortable they are. And, to top it off, it’s significantly less expensive than the Lumineers options.

Your second option is porcelain veneers. Lumineers are just a brand of porcelain veneers. You won’t want that brand. Find an expert cosmetic dentist by using mynewsmile.com. They recommend the best cosmetic dentists in each area. Get a consultation. Because of its cost, this option really only makes sense if there are other things you want to change about your smile. It can give you a gorgeous complete smile makeover. But, you will only like the results if you get the right dentist.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

Is It Safe to Find an Affordable Cosmetic Dentist?

I go to an affordable dentist. He finds ways to cut costs so I can get the procedures I want. He knows I’ve always been embarrassed about my smile, but can’t afford to do anything cosmetic. Recently, he offered to do some cosmetic work for me at a discount. I keep hearing you need to go to the top of the line cosmetic dentists or you’ll end up with an even more embarrassing smile. Is this true? I’m really tempted to get the work done.

Missy L.

Dear Missy,

I can understand your temptation. And, let me say, it sounds like you have a dentist with a truly compassionate heart. I love when I hear stories of dentists trying to help patients who are struggling financially.

A lot of my answer will depend on what type of cosmetic work you are considering having done. If you’re talking about teeth whitening, any dentist can do it regardless of cosmetic skill. It’s a fairly simple procedure which is hard to mess up.

If you’re talking about getting porcelain veneers, then it would be important you choose your cosmetic dentist carefully. It’s a very advanced procedure.  Start by talking to him about his training in porcelain veneers. Ask to see his smile gallery, which has before and after pictures of work he’s done. If his work is good, he’ll be happy to share it with you. If you like what you see, you’ll be fine.

If you’re not thrilled with the results you’re seeing, go to the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend expert cosmetic dentists by area. You can see who they recommend in your area. It would be worth it to wait and save up for a better dentist than to end up with a smile you’re disappointed with.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

Do I Need a Cosmetic Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

I want to get my teeth whitened. I mentioned it to my family dentist. He said he’d be happy to do it. The only thing which worries me is the fact it is a cosmetic procedure. Should I see a cosmetic dentist for that? I don’t want to hurt my dentist’s feelings, but I want to make sure it’s done correctly.

Maya E. – Long Beach

Maya,

You’re wise to ask. There are certain procedures that especially need to be done by an expert cosmetic dentist, such as porcelain veneers.

Teeth whitening isn’t one of them. Any dentist can do teeth whitening. It’s the easiest cosmetic procedure there is. Your family dentist will be fine to do this procedure. I’m sure he’d also be thrilled to serve you this way.

You should be aware there is really no such thing as a cosmetic dentist specialty. Any dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. You’ll want to check out their post-graduate training in cosmetic procedures. To get an idea of the type of dental training you’ll want, take a look at Dr. Bader’s bio page.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

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.  This 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.  The 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.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Bader.

Is my daughter too young for porcelain veneers?

My 16 year old daughter hates her teeth. Mainly just the ones in front, but she literally hides from the camera. They are yellow and kind of crooked. One is also longer than the other. To a 16 year old, this is torture! She has heard of porcelain veneers and is willing to help pay for them. All of her permanent teeth are in properly. Do you think she is too young for porcelain veneers?

– Sandra in Florida

Sandra,

Porcelain veneers are beautiful when they are done by a highly skilled cosmetic dentist. And there is not any kind of age requirement for having this kind of work done. That said, you need to be aware that there is a higher risk for a 16 year old. This is because the jaw hasn’t completely matured so they could end up needing to be replaced sooner than normal. For example, if your daughter hits a growth spurt, it may be as soon as a few years from now that they will need to be replaced.

As we get older, our bones and gums develop. This means that the edge of the veneers may become exposed and they may not look as beautiful. So to answer your question, it’s not an issue if your 16 year old daughter is old enough, it really is a case by case basis. It also depends on her overall dental health whether of not she is a candidate. It would be wise to consult with an expert cosmetic dentist. This will come down to her personal choice and yours since she is still considered a minor, but an expert cosmetic dentist should give you an honest assessment.

Good luck! We all know how sensitive teenagers are at that age.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.

 

Will my porcelain veneers turn yellow?

One of the main reasons I decided to get porcelain veneers was to cover up my ugly, yellow teeth. I now realize I should have asked more about this before getting them put on, but I was wondering if they will turn yellow as time goes by? If so, how long until they start discolor?

– Sheila in Tennessee

Sheila,

That is a common question about porcelain veneers. No, porcelain veneers will not turn yellow. That said, the veneers are applied directly onto your natural tooth. So it is possible that the underlying tooth may pick up stains as time goes by. When the discoloration occurs underneath the veneers, the porcelain veneers may take on a slightly discolored appearance. So if you are susceptible to staining on your teeth, it would probably be a good idea to avoid coffee, teas, berries, etc. that aide in staining teeth. Also, avoid smoking not only for your teeth but for your overall health.

If your dentist didn’t already inform you, it is also important to stay away from teeth whitening or tarter control toothpastes. This may seem strange as you are trying to keep your teeth white, but there are highly abrasive whitening agents in those kinds of toothpastes which can have negative affects on the porcelain veneers. What happens is that the glaze breaks down from these whitening agents which lessens the ability of the veneers to hold up to stains.

A helpful habit to keep your smile looking it’s best would be to rinse your mouth out after drinking or eating those stain producing items.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.