Porcelain Veneers and Fixed Porcelain Bridge
Real vs. Fake Cosmetic Dentists
Stacy found out, the hard way, that any dentist can call himself or herself a “cosmetic dentist”. All it takes is a weekend course on porcelain veneers or Lumineers and bingo!...they are suddenly “experts”.
Stacy had previous crowns and dental bridgework, but the results left her unhappy and insecure about her smile for several years.
Following a recommendation from her future father-in-law and after seeing photos of his work on www.faceliftdentistry.com, Stacy visited Dr. Sam Muslin, a Cosmetic Dentist in Santa Monica, for a cosmetic consult. After viewing the patients that were treated by Dr. Muslin and seeing the incredible results for herself, Stacy was convinced that she was in good hands. She has a very busy schedule and had to travel nearly four hours from San Diego to Santa Monica, but the trips were well worth her while to get the results she wanted. Stacy is, after all, getting married and wants to be picture-perfect by the wedding.
At the initial appointment, a set of photos, models of her teeth, x-rays and a treatment plan were completed to coordinate her busy schedule and allow the travel time from San Diego to Santa Monica. The treatment took only two visits and Stacy was thrilled.
Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns Treatment
The treatment involved replacing a fixed dental bridge that was made like a Maryland Bridge to replace a missing front tooth. The remaining teeth were dark in color and had irregular shapes so Dr. Muslin used minimally invasive porcelain veneers to correct this. It is incredibly challenging for a cosmetic dentist to match the color and translucency of a fixed porcelain dental bridge to ultra-thin non-invasive porcelain veneers. This is when years of skill and attention to fine detail are crucial.
Cosmetic dentistry should not only improve the patient’s appearance, but also their health. In Stacy’s case, it was necessary to replace her unsightly bridge. The teeth supporting the bridge had decay so deep, they almost needed root canals. She said the bridge fell out several times and the other cosmetic dentist kept re-cementing the bad bridge. Dr. Muslin removed all of the decay and her bite was improved. Best of all, Stacy looked incredible at the wedding! Her parents were impressed and her sister may have been a little jealous. Now, her husband is considering getting the work done so he can look as good as his wife.
Cosmetic dentistry is truly an art. When selecting a dentist, it is important to see actual pictures of his or her work since many dentists buy “cosmetic photos” to present as their own work in their offices and on the Internet.
Page Updated Oct 09, 2010