Dear Dr. Hall,
In 2010 I had dental implants placed, it is now a year later and because the dentist had lab troubles I got my front and bottom bridge just this week – but they look so phony and out of proportion. She keeps telling me they look great I just need to get used to them but I know they are wrong. I am going to one of the cosmetic dentists you listed here Friday for a consult and hopefully a more successful outcome. I wanted to send you a pic to see your opinion but there is no place to attach. If that is possible I would really like your opinion. Thank you so much for your time.
Go ahead and send me the photos. I’ll take a look and say what I think. I see this response from dentists all the time when the patient isn’t happy with how the dental work looks – “You’ll get used to them.” But a good cosmetic dentist will never say that, and won’t contradict a patient by trying to tell them something looks great when the patient doesn’t think so.
From what you’re telling me, it sounds like this dentist has very little appreciation for esthetics and a low level of concern about whether or not her patients like the appearance of her work. A good cosmetic dentist will try in the work and if you have any misgivings about the appearance of it, will fully address those, even sending the work back to the lab if necessary, until you’re happy with how it looks.
Read B.C.’s follow-up e-mail and see a photo of her smile, of what she calls the phony-looking cosmetic dentistry.
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.