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16 December 2021

Five tips on choosing the right cosmetic dentist for porcelain veneers

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist can be a tricky task in today’s digital world. Search engines like Google offer a wealth of information. They give customers the ability to search, gather information, see photos, and read reviews. But this is not censored information. They should be read with both eyes open. Let’s filter through it together.

My advice is that your first step to a better smile is finding the right dentist. Find someone who can evaluate your needs and choose the best option. If those options are veneers or a smile makeover, there are some things to note.

1. Look for an expert in the field of porcelain veneers

If you’re looking for a facelift, you do not go to your GP. It’s the same with porcelain veneers. You should look for experts in the field of porcelain veneers. The porcelain veneer process is a very technique-sensitive procedure. It also requires a lot of artistic vision. When done by the wrong hands, the results can be devastating. We’ve seen this first-hand too many times when having to replace poor cosmetic dental work done by other dentists.

2. Look for quality

All veneers are not created equally. They can vary in the type of porcelain used and the type of cements used. They can change depending on whether the veneer is prepared in-house or outsourced. An important factor is the degree of customisation available.

That’s why you’ll also find a huge difference in prices. But remember this: porcelain veneers are an irreversible health procedure. At The Dental Room, we only provide the best in treatment outcomes and charge a premium price to be able to deliver this service. I do not believe in providing second-rate dentistry and lowering prices.

By the way — never get treatment from a dentist who runs specials. Specials run for expiring meat and stale doughnuts… not for dentistry.

3. Beware of ‘the marketers’

There are dentists today that have very slick marketing campaigns. This is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a good sign of creativity on their part, which every good cosmetic dentist should have. But don’t get swept up in the marketing and lose your vision of the type of treatment you desire and deserve. The best way to filter out a ‘marketer’ from the real thing is to closely examine their work. Have them show you their work, and lots of it. And make sure it’s their work and not someone else’s.

The first thing when looking at someone’s work is to look at the photography. It’s easy to examine the quality of the aesthetic capability in someone’s work by asking yourself if it’s something you’d be happy with.

Any passionate cosmetic or aesthetic dentist will care about their photography. That means high-res, clear, and colour-correct images free of debris, saliva and so on. The photographs are doorways into the quality of their work. You cannot be successful in today’s dentistry if you’re not photographing your work well.

The trick is to look closely at the ‘after’ teeth and make sure they resemble an actual tooth, not a veneer or crown. All aesthetic dentistry should be natural and unnoticeable.

4. Know the ceramist that will work on your veneers

Behind every great cosmetic dentist is an amazing ceramist—especially in the art of porcelain veneers. There is a scientific component understood by the dentist and the artistic component created by the ceramist.

The ceramist makes the veneers, and each ceramist creates a characteristic style of veneers. Does it look like they take a cookie-cutter approach with all their veneers? How ‘natural’ do the veneers look?

5. That certain ‘something’

The last part is the intangible. It’s the feeling you get when you meet the dentist. After all, you are putting your health or smile in their hands. You are creating a special partnership that both parties have to be on board with.

The results of any cosmetic or aesthetic procedure are not 100 per cent predictable. Working with someone that you trust and will help you through any bumps along the road is invaluable. This is why some of the best referrals come from close friends or family!

I hope these tips are helpful. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at hello@thedentalroom.com.au and I will answer back to help guide you through your journey.

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