Palm Beach Dentist Dr. Mitchell Josephs Answers a Question on Veneers
Q: Although I am in my eighties, I still practice law and have an active social life. I want veneers for a great smile, but am afraid to make the plunge. What do I need to know to pick the right doc?
A: Age is meaningless. At a recent assisted living facility meeting to discuss a new co-ed wing being built, the director stressed: “We will have strict rules; if ladies cross over to the men’s side, or vice versa, you will be charged $30. If you do it a second time; $60. A member rose her hand and asked: “How much for a season pass?”
I believe in my 28th year of practice, that no one does more veneer cases from Delray to Vero than my office and maybe one other in the county. Here are 6 tips to make sure your veneer work is done right:
- Get a diagnostic Wax-up Model: A mock-up of how they will be shaped, allowing you to where beautiful temporaries that look just like the finals.
- Digital impressions with an iTero Element scanner for extremely accurate fit leading to decades of service.
- Specialized ceramic labs: we use a local lab that only has 25 dentists as clients. (I had to wait for someone to retire 25 years ago to get in!)
- Diode Laser: for periodontal plastic surgery to get rid of a “gummy” smile.
- Empress brand porcelain: The best European porcelain made by the Swiss company, IVOCLAR.
- Go to a DDS who does tons of these cases. Check their website’s photos, Google reviews and ask if you can speak and/or meet with some of his/her patients.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry, is on staff at JFK Medical Center/West Palm Hospital 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.