I’m looking for a dentist for my daughter. She’s a recovered bulimic. I’m super proud of all the steps she’s taken to get a healthy mindset again. She’s been out of recovery for six months and has done spectacularly. I thought it was time to reward her new habits with a smile makeover. When she was purging it did tremendous damage to her teeth. I want her smile to reflect her beautiful spirit. I am just not sure how to find the right dentist for this type of situation. Any advice?
It is great that your daughter has such wonderful support from you. That will help her go far for the remainder of her life. It’s also great you are doing some research ahead of time. I can’t tell you how many cosmetic dentistry horror stories there are of patients who went to an inexperienced cosmetic dentist. This would be the last thing your daughter needs.
Most cosmetic dentists have experience with bulimic patients. They are sensitive to how they’re affected by their smile and will not be judgmental, which is important. Equally important is their skill in creating beautiful smiles. Sometimes porcelain veneers are sufficient, but depending on the severity of the damage, she may need some dental crowns as well.
Because of that, you’ll want a dentist who understands not only how to create beauty but knows how her bite should come together if a lot of crowns are necessary.
Finding the Best Cosmetic Dentist
There isn’t a recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry. This leaves patients in the quandary of figuring out who is skilled and artistic and who isn’t. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry recognized that issue and started an accreditation program to serve both patients and dentists interested in cosmetic work.
Dentists can take classes to improve their skills. Plus, they can strive for accreditation. To get accredited, dentists have to pass stringent oral and written exams. In addition, they have to provide visual evidence of a large number of cases they’ve personally done in order to show their artistry in their work.
In your place, I would look for an AACD accredited dentist. They are the best cosmetic dentists in the country and will give your daughter a smile she’ll be proud to share with the world.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.