Dr. Hall, I’m planning to get veneers on my upper teeth. I’ve seen 3 different cosmetic dentists/prosthodontist/lumineer dentists. They are Dr. —-, Dr. —- and Dr. —-. They are all dentists in San Francisco, California. Can you please help me check if they are certified cosmetic dentist. Or should I still schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerry Bellen?
Thanx for your time.
Rich in San Francisco
(See Dr. Hall’s answer below.)
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I want to try to say this kindly. I can’t find any of the three dentists you mentioned even on the membership roles of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is to me usually a bare bones minimum indication of a flicker of passion for cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is a lucrative field and there are many pretenders. That is why I do this website – to help people like you sort this out.
In my opinion, a prosthodontist, as a general rule, is a VERY poor choice for a smile makeover. Prosthodontists have spent years studying function and the engineering principles of tooth restoration, and as a rule, at least by my experience, have very poor artistic sense. There are a very few exceptions, and I mean very, very few. I have turned down several prosthodontists who wanted to get listed on mynewsmile.com as recommended cosmetic dentists, because I looked at their work and yes, it was solid and functional but definitely not beautiful.
You are really doing yourself a disservice in San Francisco if you don’t go to Dr. Jerry Bellen for at least an opinion on your porcelain veneers case. He does absolutely beautiful work.