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How Do You Know if a Dentist is Good?

I’m thinking about getting my teeth whitened and then getting porcelain veneers. How will I know if the dentist is good enough?


Dear Ben,

A dentist standing behind a woman smiling in a dental chair

You’ve asked a great question. Before I answer I want to make sure you know that porcelain veneers can whiten your teeth along with the rest of the smile makeover you’d want, such as changing the shape and size of your teeth. Most people just get them placed on their upper arch and then whiten their lower arch. So, you can only whiten those bottom teeth instead of both.

If you’re happy with the shape and size of your teeth, then you can just whiten both arches and save a ton of money. Otherwise, you want to get the veneers. Choosing your cosmetic dentist is one of the most important decisions you can make in your smile makeover.

Finding a Dentist to Do Your Smile Makeover

  • Look Through Their Case Brag Book

Every dentist who does smile makeovers has a brag book of sorts. It’s a collection of before and after pictures of cosmetic dentistry cases. Ask to see it. Also, ask them if the pictures are of work they did themselves. Some dentists, just starting out, will try to pass off stock photos because they don’t have any of their own yet.

  • Check Reviews

There are several sights online that allow patients to rate and comment on their experiences with their dentist, such as Yelp!, Google Reviews, and Rate My Doc. Go over these reviews to make sure the dentist’s work held up as well as their chairside manner being pleasant and polite. You don’t want to have to work with someone who’s unpleasant.

  • Make Sure they Stand Beside their Work

You want a dentist who is willing to back up their claims of giving you a gorgeous smile. Do you have recourse if you hate what they create? Look at Dr. Potts’ Beautiful Smile Guarantee to get an idea what you should expect.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. David Potts. Ask him about dental sedation.

Can You Be Sedated Because You Don’t Like Your Dentist

I have a dentist who is very good at his job. He’s done my cosmetic work too and always makes my smile look great.  The only problem  I have is he’s kind of an annoying, arrogant, condescending git.  I don’t want to leave his practice, because I know I’ll always have a  great smile, which is important  in my line of work. So, I’m wondering if it is appropriate to get sedation just to not have to deal with him?

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Dear Anonymous,

You can use sedation dentistry for anything that makes you uncomfortable at the dentist’s office. However, I’m going to suggest you don’t. Instead, I want you to look for another dentist.

I know your dentist does a great job for you, but there are other great cosmetic dentists. Ones that won’t make you feel like you need to be asleep to deal with  them.

You want a fantastic cosmetic dentist. Contact the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They can find one you’ll be thrilled with.

This blog is brought to you by Libertyville Dentist Dr. David Potts.