I have always been embarrassed about my smile. Always. However, I am quite poor. I’m a single mom and work two jobs just to make ends meet. There is no way in the world I will ever be able to afford a smile makeover. Last week my dentist mentioned that he is learning how to do porcelain veneers. He knows my financial situation and offered to do them for free if I would be a practice case for him. Is this a safe way to get a smile makeover? It’s certainly affordable.

Amy R. – Missouri

Amy,

Normally I would say run away from a situation like this, but I’m not going to this time. Not just because it is an affordable way to get a smile makeover. In this case I think your dentist cares and isn’t just using you. Before you agree, there needs to be a stipulation. If your dentist doesn’t agree to it, I don’t care how affordable the makeover is, it won’t be worth it.

You must insist that you get to preview the veneers before he cements them on permanently. Your dentist can use a temporary  try on paste. This way you can make sure you’re in love with them before it is too late.

If you try them on and aren’t completely and totally in love with them, he needs to send them back to the lab and try again.  This is something even expert cosmetic dentists do.  The point of cosmetic dentistry is to make sure the patient feels beautiful when they smile.

If he’s willing to do that, then you’ll get a fantastic deal.

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