I went to my dentist to see if I was a good candidate for porcelain veneers. I was thrilled to find out I was. My elation quickly morphed to sorrow when I heard the cost. I left deflated feeling like I’d never get the smile makeover I’ve dreamed about for years. This morning in my inbox was a Groupon for porcelain veneers. Is it safe to schedule a consultation with him and purchase this? It’s about half the price my dentist quoted me.
There’s a proverb which says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Never were spoken truer words. Before you press the “buy” button I want you to think through something. One of the many reasons porcelain veneers are so costly is the materials and skill required to do them beautifully.
Dentists can’t just start placing porcelain veneers after dental school. It requires a great deal of post-graduate training, which is costly both in time and money. It’s an art form. Like any art, it takes both natural skill and practice. Not all dentists have the same skill. In addition to that, expert cosmetic dentists know the materials they choose, including the labs, is one of the most important choices they make. They’ll only choose the finest materials and the most skilled labs. Otherwise, the results will be disappointing.
You’ll also have huge input on your smile design. He’ll have you come in for additional appointments for design consultations and mock ups with temporary veneers. Each detail is carefully attended to in order for you to received a stunning smile.
Now ask yourself, “Why are these so cheap?” Is this dentist cutting corners on materials, consultations, mock ups? Is he unskilled and needs the practice so he’s using this price to draw in patients he can practice on? Either way, you won’t end up with the smile you hoped for.
Before you purchase, take a look at his smile gallery. Does he get gorgeous results? If he’s a true cosmetic dentist, a smile gallery is a given. You may want to call the office and make sure the pictures in the gallery are cases the dentist has created himself. If you like his results and the dentist gets good reviews, you may be okay.
It will help tremendously if he has a beautiful smile guarantee. At least, then you can be sure you’ll get a smile you love.
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