I’m wondering what matters more, the direct composite veneers technique or the dentist’s personal preference. I’m based in the US and have been looking over this site. The before and after photos look amazing. I think I’d probably be a good candidate for the procedure because I’m looking for a non-invasive way to close the gap between my front teeth. I’ve been seeing the same dentist for 10 years, and he and I have a friendly relationship, so I showed it to him the last time I was in his office. He says he can fix the gap, but he’ll only do it with full porcelain veneers. I’m not really sure I’m up for all that. I don’t want my teeth grinded down. I’m really torn. Should I skip having the work done altogether, keep pushing for the in-office option, or let the dentist do what he’s recommending?
Using a direct composite veneers technique that includes a matrix can make the process easier on the dentist. A lot of cosmetic dentists prefer it because it gives them the shape they need with little effort, and they get a nice symmetrical result every time. However, like any other skill, there’s always a learning curve. The dentist has to learn how to use the technology and really become comfortable with it before he produces beautiful results like you see in the Smile Gallery here.
It sounds like your dentist isn’t comfortable with this type of procedure. That’s a shame because what you’re trying to accomplish doesn’t really require the use of porcelain, particularly due to the fact that you’re intentionally seeking out minimally-invasive options.
What you choose to do here is a very personal decision. You aren’t likely to make any headway if you try to push the doctor into doing something he’s not comfortable with, and it could even be worse if he caves in and tries to do it for you without spending time becoming familiar with the process anyway. For this reason, you have three reasonable choices.
- Skip the procedure or hold off on it until you feel comfortable with one of the other options.
- Let the dentist use the materials and procedures he’s most comfortable with.
- Find a dentist who already performs the procedure you want. In this case, you’ll specifically want to look for a cosmetic dentist.
Only you can decide what’s best for you, but do take this into consideration as you make a choice. Best of luck to you.
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