Q: I am 50 years old and in decent shape, but I know my dingy gray, and very short teeth show my age. My girlfriend in NY had her veneers done and she looks stunning. How do I know how to choose the right Dentist for my porcelain veneer work?
A: Look. I write about what I know best. You don’t see me writing about how to make banana bread or how to grow orchids, right? (My orchid would look like a banana bread and my banana bread would taste like an orchid!) I write about what I do every day: dental implant surgery, complex crown and bridge work and porcelain veneers. Period.
How to Choose a Dentist for Veneers
Although there are 150,000 dentists in the USA, only a small percentage of them perform dozens of full arch cases of veneers every year. (Full arch means either ten upper, ten lower or both on the same patient.) This is a very artistic and demanding technique that only a few have mastered!
Cosmetic smile make-overs with veneers is barely touched upon in dental school and is mainly taught at continuing education seminars.
Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty of dentistry; it is simply an “emphasis of practice.” Just like with plastic surgeons; some can be “breast” men and some could be “nose” men, and some general dentist could be great “veneer” men (and veneer women.)
For tips on how to choose the right doctor for veneers, I can share with you the answers from our patient survey where we asked our veneer patients: “What made you choose our office over others?”
- Website veneer photo gallery
- Google reviews
- Our offer to meet and speak with our veneer patients
- Use of digital impressions vs. “gagging goop” molds
- High quality “local” porcelain lab
- Not a low fee, but much less than California and New York
- Computerized and “needle-free” nasal anesthesia.
- Many of our veneer patients are physicians and surgeons
- Our staff affiliation with JFK Medical Center
- My staff are all patients
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.