This cosmetic dentistry information website is unique in that it is the only such website actually written by an accredited cosmetic dentist. My name is Dr. David Hall. I am the author, and I was one of the first forty dentists to become accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

 

It is also unique in its plain, straightforward talk. I have a strong sense of obligation to you, the visitor, and so I try to tell you the plain and unvarnished truth. Other cosmetic dentistry websites seem governed by professional political correctness. You won't find that here.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist

And we don't just list cosmetic dentists—we recommend them. Each doctor recommended on this website has been personally screened by me for training credentials and artistic ability. I do have a legal disclaimer that you need to read before using this site, because it is ultimately the responsibility of the dental board of each state to insure the quality of dental care in each state, and not mine. But I can say that I have made an honest and carefully informed effort to personally insure the quality of my recommendations.

 

And no, dentists do not have to pay to be listed. They are chosen based on the quality of their work as demonstrated by photographs, and on their credentials. Yes, most of the dentists listed help support the website through sponsorship, but not all of them do. On the other hand, many dentists have offered to pay in order to be listed, and we have turned them down. We thank those dentists who do provide support, as well as the advertisers on the site.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a highly specialized area of dentistry that very few dentists can do well. If you ask your average dentist, they will tell you that sure, they can do that crown on your front tooth, or create a new smile with porcelain veneers. Yet we have a whole file full of e-mails from disappointed patients that demonstrate that this isn't true. Check our collection of cosmetic dentistry horror stories to see for yourself. And excellent cosmetic dentists will tell you that from 25% to 40% of the esthetic work they do is re-doing other dentists’ work.

 

It's actually a controversial area in dentistry. Some dentists insist that cosmetic dentistry ought to be a specialty. Most dentists, however, insist that it shouldn't—any dentist, properly trained in dental school, can do esthetic procedures just fine.

 

Some would attribute this discrepancy in opinion to financial self-interest. Dentists know that this is a lucrative area of practice and simply don't want to give it up. While that is undoubtedly part of the reason, at least for some dentists, the reason is more profound than that.

Cosmetic Dentistry Is a Blind Spot for Most Dentists

Dentists, as a whole, simply don't understand esthetics. They chose the profession because they like to fix things. They have an engineering mentality, and this approach to dentistry is strongly reinforced all throughout dental school. Beautiful, to them, is perfect margins and healthy gums. And they are taught that the dentist, not the patient, is the best judge of how teeth should look.

 


  Highlights of Key Content:

  • Referral to an expert cosmetic dentist. All listed dentists have extensive post-graduate education in aesthetic dentistry and have demonstrated their skill and artistry with photographs of their work. Very few dentists are artists who can do beautiful smile makeovers.
  • An explanation of smile design—how training in aesthetics is used to give you the most pleasing smile.
  • Extensive, authoritative information on a wide variety of topics, including porcelain veneers, teeth bleaching, the new invisible braces, mercury-free white fillings, and numerous other topics.
  • A warning page of cosmetic dentistry mistakes—awful experiences reported by our visitors that show what can go wrong if your dentist isn't properly trained in this specialty.
  • How to take care of porcelain veneers after you get them.
  • Results of a nationwide survey of the costs of cosmetic dental work.
  • Ask a question of Dr. Hall. We love to get questions. Dr. Hall can't answer them all, but he answers a surprising number of them.
  • There are hundreds of pages here—a tremendous amount of information.

  Other Cosmetic Dentistry Information on
    this Website:

  • Explanations of how the work is accomplished—how involved the work is and how many appointments.
  • Post-operative instructions.
  • Exploration of the big controversy in the dental profession today: amalgam fillings versus composite fillings. There are two main pages addressing this issue, plus blog entries and other information throughout the site.
  • Read our new section about cosmetic dentistry and dental insurance. Contrary to popular belief, some insurance benefits can be received for cosmetic procedures, and this page will explain that.

 

A True Story

Let me illustrate with a true story. A few years ago a patient was looking for the best dentist available to do crowns on all her front teeth. She was recommended to a dentist whom she was told was one of the very best in her area. He did ten crowns on her front teeth, with the result pictured at the right. The dentist raved about this work and thought it was gorgeous. The patient, however, thought it was terrible. It looks fake. There is no sparkle to the teeth, and they have a yellow tinge.

 

Having been through dental school, I can tell you that this is exactly the kind of smile we would have been taught to make, and if the patient complained, we would have been taught not to listen because we knew better.

 

                       Excellent dental work by a general dentist

Cosmetic dentistry by a general dentist

 

Fortunately, this patient had enough money to have the work re-done. She went to one of the excellent cosmetic dentists in our referral network, Dr. Thomas Oppenheim of Thomasville, Georgia. He cut off all of the crowns by the first dentist and replaced them. You can see his work on the right. The patient was now thrilled with her smile. You can see in the photograph that the yellow color is gone. There are no more dark triangles between the teeth. There is sparkle in her smile. Subtleties in the shape make the teeth look real. The overall appearance is warm and inviting.

 

 

 

                                  Truly artistic cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry by an artistic cosmetic dentist

      Beautiful work by Dr. Oppenheim of Thomasville, Georgia


 

 

Browse Through This Cosmetic Dentistry Website

 

The dental information throughout this site was personally written by me, Dr. David Hall. I have had over twenty years of experience with esthetic dentistry. I was one of the first forty dentists to pass the rigorous esthetic dentistry accreditation examinations of the AACD.

 

Each dentist from our referral network is similarly accredited or has other credentials or training, making her or him a knowledgeable artist/health care professional. With a blend of artistic sensitivity and technical ability, and using techniques ranging from a full set of porcelain veneers to some minor tooth bonding or tooth whitening, an expert doctor/artist can help create a smile that you will be eager to show everyone.

 

This site has been on the Web since 1995.* In 2007, it became the most highly trafficked cosmetic dentistry web site on the Internet. In 2013, we are continuing to expand and update it and make it as informative and relevant as possible. Traffic is more than 50,000 unique visitors per month, with over two million hits per month. I hope each visitor has found the site helpful. And thank you for all your encouraging feedback—it warms my heart. It's wonderful to know of all the patients I've helped with their dental concerns.

 

By Dr. David Hall

  Cosmetic dentist Dr. David Hall
Site author Dr. David Hall

 

Written by a cosmetic dentist!

Good cosmetic dentistry requires special skills and extensive training beyond dental school.


There is a great difference between a good, reputable general dentist who thinks he or she can do cosmetic dentistry, and an artistically inclined cosmetic dentist. If the appearance of your smile is important to you, you need to understand this difference.


Read: What Is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Cosmetic Dentistry

 
 

Tina Reilly, cosmetic dentistry patient

     Photo is of Dr. Hall's patient,
           Tina Reilly, the J.C.Penney
        Fall/Winter 2001 cover girl and
           Fall/Winter 2003 cover girl