I am getting a smile makeover, which will include porcelain veneers on the top arch and some dental bonding for some broken teeth on the bottom arch. I understand that they outsource their porcelain work, so I don’t have to worry about that as much, but the dental bonding is done by the dentist in the office. How do I know if they can do quality bonding work or not?
You are correct that dental bonding is tricky and that the dentist really needs to know what he or she is doing. Not only is it done in the office, but it is done freehand. However, be careful about thinking the dentist won’t matter for the porcelain veneers. That is like saying it doesn’t matter what doctor you go to because it is the pharmacist who gives you the medicine. The reality is the pharmacist can only do what is precribed. If the doctor makes the wrong diagnosis and prescribes the wrong medicine, the result will be a disaster even if the pharmacist fills it perfectly.
With porcelain veneers, the cosmetic dentist prescribes the map for the ceramist to follow. He can do the work perfectly according to the dentist’s instructions, but unless the dentist is skilled and artistic the results will be disappointing. So, I would say you will need to find an expert cosmetic dentist for every part of the smile makeover.
How to Find an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
The hands down easiest way to guarantee you will have one of the best cosmetic dentists in the country is to look for a dentist who is AACD accredited. In order for a dentist to reach accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They have to pass oral and written exams as well as have a large number of cases they’re required to do examined in front of a board to ensure they have artistry. You can be assured that they will give you both stunning porcelain veneers and dental bonding. It will be the complete package.
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