I am going to a new dentist because of a job relocation. Before moving, I’d been saving up for porcelain veneers and now have the sufficient funds. However, my new dentist wants to do CEREC veneers which are 1.5mm thick. I’m worried that is too thick and he doesn’t have any before and after pictures to show me of cases he’s done in the past. My last dentist had something called a smile gallery. Should I be worried?
The materials and thickness of any smile makeover are not nearly as important as having the right cosmetic dentist do the work. Of course, a great dentist will choose the best materials, but it is their skill and artistry which matters. Doing smile makeovers are not taught in dental school. Instead, a dentist interested in doing cosmetic work must invest in post-doctoral training.
I’m a little concerned about the fact this dentist does not have any visual evidence for you. Any dentist who wants to be taken seriously as a cosmetic dentist will have what is known as a smile gallery. This should show before and after pictures of various cosmetic procedures which they have done.
Can CEREC Veneers be Beautiful?
You can get a beautiful smile with CEREC veneers as opposed to porcelain veneers, however, it is more challenging. I would say only about 1-2% of cosmetic dentists could do it well. Some dentists try to do this to save on fees with a ceramist which isn’t a great reason.
So how would you know if your dentist can pull this off before investing all your hard-earned (and saved) money? There are two great resources to tell you about skilled cosmetic dentists. The first is aacd.com. This is the website for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They offer an accreditation program. In order for dentists to get accredited, they have to pass stringent exams as well as provide visual evidence of their artistry with a large number of specific cases. AACD accredited dentists are in the top 1-2% of cosmetic dentists in the world. When you use their search feature, make sure you check the box for an accredited dentist.
Your second resource is mynewsmile.com. They don’t allow dentists to just pay to be listed. Instead, they check their educational qualifications for cosmetic work as well as require evidence of cases they’ve done to ensure they have an artistic eye. Many of their listed dentists are either accredited or on their way to accreditation. Any of them can create a beautiful smile for you.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.