I was about to get a smile makeover when I did some research and realized my dentist would not do a good job for me. I decided to go to a AACD accredited cosmetic dentist. I’ve got a list of dentists in my area who are qualified. I went to see one of them and he quoted me over $100,000. He said I have bite problems which will need to be fixed and he’ll do veneers where possible. I can’t afford that. Is that what I’m going to face with all of them? Should I give up on this dream?
I wouldn’t give up on your dream just yet. That price seems like he was quoting you for a full-mouth reconstruction. It’s even on the high end of cost for that. You didn’t mention any TMJ symptoms, so that might no be what you need. I’m going to suggest you get a second opinion.
You should also be aware there can be a large disparity between the different amounts cosmetic dentists charge. I’m going to give you an example of two cosmetic dentists I’m aware of two dentists in the Florida area without giving their name. We’ll call one Dentist A and the other Dentist B.
Dentist A is on the high end of fees. He has patients who travel from all over the world to see him. He’s highly skilled and provides beautiful smile makeovers. Dentist B is also highly skilled and creates beautiful smile makeovers, but his fees are in the median range. But guess what? When dentist A needs his teeth worked on or touched up he goes to see Dentist B.
Prices vary. In your place, I’d find a list of the AACD accredited dentists in your area and get consultations until you find one whose treatment plan and price match what you can do.
If You Can’t Find an AACD Accredited Cosmetic Dentist
Very few cosmetic dentists have actually reached accreditation. If you can’t find one in your immediate area you feel you can work with you have two choices.
Choice #1: Find one in a nearby state and travel to get your smile makeover.
This, of course, increases the cost because you also have to budget for travel, but it is an option. When I mentioned Dentist A above, he will have celebrities and other patients fly in from other states and countries. Because of that, he has hotels he works with that help accommodate his patients. Not everyone can do that, which leads me to option 2.
Choice #2: Find a dentist recommended by mynewsmile.com
Not every great cosmetic dentist has reached accreditation. It takes a long time. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the skill requisite to giving you the smile of your dreams. The mynewsmile.com website screens cosmetic dentists who wish to be listed for both technical skill and knowledge as well as their artistic abilities. Any one of them can give you a gorgeous smile you’ll be proud to share, whether you get porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, or a mix of both. In fact, most of them have a beautiful smile guarantee.
This blog is brought to you by Hilton Head Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Bonnie Rothwell.