Considering Dental Veneers? ABC 20/20 says get a really good dentist
Beauty in Seattle on 16 Jun 2006 at 11:23pm
This evening's ABC 20/20 show was an exposé on bad dental veneers. No, let me correct that, they showed awful veneers. I saw one mangled smile after another. Clear message: get your self a really good dentist before getting dental laminates.
I've always had the assumption that getting a Hollywood smile is just a matter of shelling out the big bucks. Porcelain veneers run as much as a $1,000 a tooth.
But as the dentist (Dr. Ronald Goldstein) on 20/20 pointed out, you need aperfect fit to avoid bacteria seeping in between your teeth and gums. If you don't get this tight seal, you may get painful puss pockets and gum damage. Trust me, from what I saw, you don't want this to happen. Poorly qualified dentists may also file down the teeth too excessively, making the veneers more likely to flake off. Bad veneers crack or look astray in the smile.
The bottom line: getting a bargain in dental laminates may be a good indicator of significant future pain and expense.