I’ve been researching veneers in preparation for a smile makeover. It looks like composite veneers cost less than porcelain veneers, yet cosmetic dentists seem to prefer the porcelain. Is that because they cost more or is there a better reason?
Jennifer S. – Fayetteville, AR
Think of composite veneers like the paper plates of the smile makeover world and porcelain veneers as beautiful china. While you can eat on paper plates and they’ll function better than stained and broken plates, if you’re looking to get new plates, you’ll want the beautiful, long-lasting china.
Porcelain veneers are stunning when done by an expert cosmetic dentist. Composite veneers can be beautiful as well, but they won’t last nearly as long and will have to be re-done often.
It’s fantastic that you’re doing research, but I’d like to gently suggest that you’re researching the wrong thing. Instead of looking into the types of porcelain veneers, I’d research the dentists. You may think that’s crazy, but let me explain why. Two dentists can work on the exact same smile. They can even use the exact same materials, but the smiles will turn out completely different.
Cosmetic dentistry depends on more than technical knowledge, though that is extremely important. A gorgeous smile depends on the skill and artistic eye of the dentist as well. So, how do you know if you’ve got that kind of cosmetic dentist? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) knew that patients didn’t have a way to sort out the skill and artistry of cosmetic dentists. To help with that dilemma, they developed an accreditation program. You can trust any dentist who’s reached the accreditation level with the AACD. They’re among the top cosmetic dentists in the world. It’s even worth it if you have to drive to a nearby city or state.
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