I am bulimic but am in therapy for it. I am doing a bit better and am slowly getting my life back together. One of the things that really bothers me is the consequences my teeth have faced because of my actions. My therapist suggested a full smile makeover and I have some money that has been donated to me for the process, so money will not be a problem. What would be the best dentist for me? A cosmetic dentist? A crown specialist? Are there dentists who specialize in teeth damaged from my situation? I’m not sure which way to go and I want to do it right.
Congratulations on your progressing recovery. It sounds like you are doing well if your therapist is suggesting you get your teeth worked on. It is also exciting that you have someone who donated the funding for your procedure. I’m thrilled for you. While there is not a dentist who specializes in eating disorders, there are highly qualified cosmetic dentists that can give you a beautiful smile.
The one thing you need to be careful about is the dentist you choose. Most patients do not know that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty. Any general dentist can call themselves a cosmetic dentist regardless of the amount of training they’ve received. Smile makeovers are not taught in dental school, so the dentist would have to invest in post-doctoral training.
In your place, I would look for a dentist who has been accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In order to be AACD accredited a dentist has to pass stringent exams as well as demonstrate their artistry and technical ability on a large number of cases. They are hands down the best cosmetic dentists in the country.
Because of your bulimia, you will probably need a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns. But, be assured, you will be in good hands.
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