I have battled with the appearance of my teeth for my entire life. I have chips in both of my front teeth and another tooth, also in the front of my mouth, is badly twisted. I am sure I should have had braces when I was a child, but I was one of seven children, so that wasn’t in the cards. I researched to find an affordable dentist for veneers, but am not at all satisfied with the results. They are unnatural looking, almost to the point that it looks like fake teeth have been glued on top of my natural ones, not to mention the twisted tooth is still severely-twisted looking. I really need an affordable dentist, skilled enough to to correct these issues. Is this possible?
Cosmetic work is not something you should look for in an affordable dentist. Sure, the costs vary from office to office, as do the rates, but if you focus on cost alone, your results will be sub-par, which is what you are experiencing now. Cosmetic dentistry is a practice which requires an amount of skill which is not possessed by all dentists. Therefore, you should focus your search on looking for a quality cosmetic dentist, then look at costs.
It is important to look at examples of a dentist’s work. Many share their work in smile galleries on their office sites. These allow you to browse at your own leisure, and will give you a good idea of what to expect. Also be sure to read reviews of cosmetic dentists from patients who have had the same treatment you hope to have. Just because a dentist does beautiful crown work, doesn’t mean he or she has the same quality veneer experience.
You should also keep in mind that veneer work is not necessarily something an insurance company will cover. However, financing through a company such as Care Credit, may be an option to help with the costs of a cosmetic dentist. Focusing on the quality of the cosmetic dental work will yield beautiful results for many years. Focusing on the cost may cause you to have veneer work done again, just as you are now.
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I am looking for an affordable dentist who can help me with some cosmetic teeth issues I have been battling my whole life. I have teeth in need of straightening, as well as a chipped front tooth. I consulted my family dentist, but was told the work I need done would cost over $20,000, an amount much higher than what I am able, and willing, to pay. I did inquire about less expensive options, but was made to feel like I offended the dentist. I’m not looking for a total makeover, just want some teeth straightened and a chipped tooth fixed. Any advice would be great!
Thanks for writing. First and foremost, your dentist should not have acted that way.
A couple of suggestions to help:
- Be cautious when looking for affordable dentist who does cosmetic work. This is because anyone can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. There are currently no guidelines on training or skills. Therefore sometimes dentists who have more skill/training tend to charge more.
- It would be a good idea for you to find a dentist with a solid reputation. Then, have a consultation and express your financial concerns upfront. This will allow the dentist to offer suggestions which include cost-effective ways to address your dental needs, yet stay within your budget.
- Lastly, it is always a good idea to get more than one estimate. This will allow you to choose someone that is the best fit for your situation.
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I am in search of inexpensive porcelain veneers. I have had veneers for over 10 years now and I think my teeth have shifted a bit. Also, I never had veneers on my bottom teeth and I would like to have them done too. Unfortunately, this would not be covered by my dental insurance so I am in search of a less expensive way to have this done. Have you heard of graduate students performing this type of work at a discounted price? I’d be willing to travel if the price is right.
– Tanya in Oregon
It may be a possibility to find lower cost porcelain veneers if you are willing to travel. Fees change in different states and sometimes you can find less expensive services in smaller cities. That said, I would not compromise on the quality. Cosmetic dentistry truly is an art form and to be done well should be performed by an expert. Therefore, I would not recommend soliciting a dental school to have this type of work done.
Cosmetic dentistry and dentistry are two different things. For example, a general dentist is trained to fix things whereas a cosmetic dentist must possess an artistic ability to do them well. I would encourage you to wait until you can afford to have them done correctly and beautifully. An alternative route may leave you unhappy and requiring to have them fixed or redone down the road.
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