Porcelain veneers are a great way to get a smile makeover. They can achieve basically all the cosmetic changes you want–straightening teeth, reshaping teeth, closing gaps, and whitening–all in one procedure.

But the power of porcelain veneers means that they can also become a big mistake if you haven’t chosen your dentist properly. That’s why it’s important to take the time and make sure your dentist is the right one for your procedure. When you’re choosing your dentist, here are some things to check to make sure they’re the right one for you.

closeup of patient before smile makeover
closeup of patient after smile makeover

Can They Achieve Quality Results?

What matters most about your potential dentist is the quality of their results. You want to make sure that they will be able to deliver the smile of your dreams, and not lead into a nightmare of dashed hopes.

Although it’s no guarantee, a dentist’s previous performance shows what they are capable of. Take time looking at a dentist’s before and after gallery. Look for before pictures that are similar to your situation, and after images that look like the results you want to achieve. If the website has information about which images show porcelain veneer procedures, that’s even better.

We know that it’s natural to look at the really dramatic transformations, but often the most important images are those that show only one tooth being changed. That shows they have the ability to match a single veneer with natural teeth. If they can do that well, then they can achieve a very natural result for your smile makeover.

If you think a dentist can achieve the results you want, it’s time to start looking in more detail.

Do They Have the Right Training and Experience?

A few good before and after images can be due to many things, from blind chance to photoshopping images. That’s why your next step should be to look at a dentist’s training and experience. Detailed training and extensive experience give a dentist the ability to respond properly to challenging cases. They won’t be surprised by anything that comes up. All dentists get some degree of cosmetic training in dental school, but you probably want a dentist who’s received dedicated cosmetic training.

Training and experience also affects things that can’t be captured in before and after images, like the comfort and durability of porcelain veneers. A dentist who has been trained in neuromuscular dentistry, for example, has a broader perspective on the nature of your bite and how to design restorations that fit comfortably and function properly as part of a healthy bite. And dentists with experience have had time to see how their cases age over the years, so they’ll know better how to deliver long-lasting results.

Start by checking a dentist’s training and experience on the website, but don’t forget to look for evidence of this in reviews and make sure to bring it up when you talk to dentists in person.

Do They Have Good Reviews?

Online reviews have given people so much more insight into dental offices than we ever had in the past. By checking reviews, you can get a very good idea about how a dental practice really treats its patients.

Don’t just look at the average stars: reading the comments will give you a better idea about the practice. And try searching the reviews for porcelain veneers. If you can find reviews from people who have actually gotten veneers with this dentist, you can learn a lot about how people feel about this dentist.

Do You Get Along?

Always make sure you talk to a dentist in person before you agree to work with them. Porcelain veneers take several visits to accomplish, so you’ll be working with the dentist quite a bit.

More importantly, you can’t get the results you want if you can’t tell the dentist what you want. You have to find a dentist that makes you feel comfortable and open. If you feel pressured, uncomfortable, or have a sense that the dentist isn’t listening to you, it’s probably not the dentist for you.

Are you looking for the best cosmetic dentist? Please call (201) 343-4044 today for an appointment with Dr. Marlen Martirossian at the River Edge Dental, New Jersey’s center for general & cosmetic dentistry.