My dentist recommended I get a porcelain veneer over one of my chipped front teeth. I looked through his smile gallery, and everyone has these nice, even smiles after getting veneers. The before photos show people with small teeth, and the veneers in the after photos make them look normal-sized. My natural teeth are rather large for my mouth, and I worry getting a veneer will make my teeth look unnatural. Would I need my teeth filed down a lot to make them small enough for veneers? Also, can I get these veneers done at my usual dentist, or do I need to go to a cosmetic dentist? I’m worried about my insurance covering the cost of the veneers if I go to a cosmetic dentist.
Barclay, from Coupon, Pennsylvania.
It’s understandable you’d want to go to your general dentist for insurance purposes, but it is not a good idea to get cosmetic procedures done by a general dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty recognized by the ADA, but some dentists have received additional training in aesthetic dentistry. General dentists are usually more concerned with the practical side of dentistry than the artistic side. If money is a concern, it is better to do nothing than to get sub-standard cosmetic work.
Your dentist may have a smile gallery, but that does not mean he is a cosmetic dentist. Compare your dentist’s photos to other galleries to get a better feel for your dentist’s skill level. If all the after photos show people with larger veneers than before, that’s a good sign your dentist is not skilled enough to address individual situations. It’s better to use a temporary fix in the meantime, while you save up to see a cosmetic dentist.
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