If you want to avoid ending up being a casualty of cosmetic dentistry than make sure you do a little homework before choosing a cosmetic dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry is well removed from main stream dental work and requires a skill that isn’t taught when training to be a family dentist.
When cosmetic dentistry works it works well, proving to be the dental version of a face lift with the same stunning results. But like cosmetic surgery if you pick the wrong ‘artist’ cosmetic dentistry has its fair share of failures.
Porcelain veneers look stunning and provide years of good service as long as they are porcelain!! You hear stories of cracked veneers or veneers that have turned grey within a very short period of time often with little comeback when people have used just a family dentist who is deemed to have provided an adequate service for his level of training. Cosmetic dentistry is an art that should be performed by an expert in the field.
Tooth bonding should leave you with a sturdy and beautifully natural looking tooth not an obvious patch that drops off after a while.
One person I know paid good money for a dental crown that dropped out regularly every ten days. At the time she didn’t know that given the lack of tooth structure and consequently the complex nature of the procedure her dentist was trying to perform she should have gone to a practicing cosmetic dentist. She never realised that for cosmetic dentistry in any form she should have sought out a cosmetic dentist who would have been more qualified to perform the task.
Many people don’t realise and are often not told (until its too late) that if you want your teeth whitened you should get it done ahead of any other cosmetic dentistry such as bonding, crowns, bridges and veneers none of which will bleach. After all that expensive cosmetic dentistry work if you then have your natural teeth whitened everything else will look fake (prosthetic teeth do not bleech!!).
Dental implants are really expensive in the realms of cosmetic dentistry but there are many stories of an inexperienced dentist using too much or too little force, the wrong screws or performing a dental implant when there is insufficient bone. In such cases when a dental implant fails the only thing to do is take it out. That might not sound too bad until you realise you have to wait for the site to heal before the cosmetic dentistry procedure can be tried again and at that point it will be more costly due to the added work involved in recovering the jaw bone from a botched job. That’s apart from the added discomfort of having to have the cosmetic procedure performed twice.
It might seem very tempting to consider cosmetic dentistry based on local convenience or price but given the devastating impact cosmetic dentistry failures can have on your life it is well worth seeking out a highly recommended and experienced cosmetic dentist.
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