Q: It seems like all dentists claim they do veneers. I thought this is very specialized area? Who should I go to? Nancy B. in Wellington
A: As the New Year approaches; personal appearance changes are the most popular resolutions. (I vow to clip my nostril hairs biweekly vs. my old habit of bimonthly for 2014.)
Veneers are thin, permanent facings of porcelain affixed to the fronts of teeth to cosmetically improve the smile. They can last from ten to twenty years or more. A typical case of ten upper veneers can run over $10,000. Choose your doctor wisely.
I have performed hundreds of cases of porcelain laminate veneers on thousands of teeth for the last 25 years. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized, board certified specialty of dentistry. It is an “emphasis of practice”. Legally, any dentist can take a crack at veneers. HOWEVER, veneers done correctly are very, very, VERY difficult to perform.
Seek out a dentist who has massive photo albums of cases in his waiting room and on his website and who is willing to provide patients of his you can call and view their work in person. Many of us are also using highly accurate digital impressions vs. the gagging “goop” for beautiful, long lasting results. They must look good AND fit good!
Editor’s Note: NEW SEMINAR: “Teeth for Life IV” Hi Tech Implants, Bone Grafts and Complex Crown and Bridge work. PLUS: Choosing a dental office in 2014. Join us Thursday January 9th at 6:30pm at the West Palm Beach Public Library on Clematis St. Call 561-868-7701 to register. Seating is limited; call today! For a preview video of this seminar, drop us an email.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital). Dr. Josephs is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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