I’m so frustrated. I’m having trouble getting the right cosmetic dentist for my smile makeover. The first go-round I used my normal dentist. It turned out a complete disaster. He was gracious about it and completely refunded my money. Next, I went to someone who is supposed to be the top cosmetic dentist in our city. He said my bite is off and quoted me close to $100,000. There is no way in the world I can afford that. Is that the right amount for a top cosmetic dentist?
You are running into two problems when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. First, it isn’t a recognized specialty. This means any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist regardless of the amount of post-doctoral training they received. Unfortunately, creating smile makeovers isn’t taught in dental school. If a dentist wants to develop the skills needed to do it well, they need to invest in the training on their own. This is the issue you ran into with your family dentist. He obviously meant well and wanted to try to give you what you wanted. When he couldn’t, he had the integrity to return your money when he couldn’t.
The second dentist had a completely separate issue. The cost he quoted is quite high for porcelain veneers. He mentioned your bite was off. It’s possible what he was recommending was actually a full-mouth reconstruction, which is a completely different and much more involved procedure as well.
I would get a second opinion before moving forward. To be safe, I’d like to make certain you are seeing a qualified cosmetic dentist and not just someone trying to bring in a large fee. My suggestion is you look for an AACD accredited cosmetic dentist. These dentists have proven themselves by passing stringent exams as well as demonstrating the artistry to a committee.
If it turns out that you do need a full-mouth reconstruction, I think you should verify his qualifications. You need a TMJ Dentist with advanced training. Take a look at Dr. Weiss’ qualifications to get an idea of what type of dentist you would need for this type of procedure. Even then, I don’t think it would cost you $100K.
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