Cosmetic Dentistry and Reality TV (video)

Cosmetic dentistry and reality TV makeover showsMany reality TV shows feature dramatic makeovers that include cosmetic dentistry.

This survey found that half (54%) of dentists think this has increased patient demand for cosmetic dental work.

“It has made more people more aware of the cosmetic dentistry options,” said one dentist.

Another dentist was more skeptical. “These days, any dentist who does an all porcelain crown is calling himself a cosmetic dentist, with or with out any formal dental continuing education programs.”

“I’m more concerned about commercial advertisements from products like Lumineers and Invisalign,” added another.

Read more: Has the Media Increased Patient Demand for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dental Dish: Did Mel Gibson Knock out Girlfriend’s Teeth?

Mel Gibson & Oksana Grigorieva: domestic violence?In January, Oksana Grigorieva – who recently had a child with Mel Gibson – saw a dentist following a fight with the actor.

She claims Gibson punched her twice in the face, giving her a concussion and resulting in the loss of one tooth and the chipping of another.

However, friends of the actor claim the damage was only to Grigorieva’s dental veneers, and that Gibson had nothing to do with the damage to the veneers.  Gibson maintains that he was only trying to protect their child from Grigorieva during the January altercation.

Sources close to the actor claim that Grigorieva made up the story because of ongoing custody battles and/or for financial reasons. Though the couple has been separated for many months, she recently filed a restraining order against Gibson.

I was curious about gossip websites reporting on someone’s medical records, so I turned to HR expert Barbara Freet. “Is there a HIPPA violation in here anywhere?” I asked her.

“Only if she didn’t want the press to know about her teeth,” Barbara replied, “which I assume she most certainly does!”

Read more: Oksana Went Dental, Did Mel Go Mental?

Cosmetic Dentist Survey: Cost of Tooth Veneers (video)

vineers survey video The cost of dental veneers is much more than what you will pay for tooth whitening, but the results can be far more dramatic.

Cosmetic dentistry can revolutionize a smile, especially if the choice is tooth veneers.

“I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, therefore I charge the same amount.” said a California dentist.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists what their fee is for dental veneers or lumineers.

Click on play to watch the survey video and hear the survey results –

105-Cost_of_Tooth_Veneers.mp4

One of the great things about veneers from a dental management point-of-view is that you are normally placing 4, 6, or 8 (or more) at a time.

If you would like to participate in future dentist surveys, please sign up for The Wealthy Dentist newsletter to cast your own vote.

Dental Practice Tricks Patient into Getting Veneers

dental veneers for teethPatient Told Veneers Would Be Free, Then Charged $5,000

A West Virginia woman has filed suit against a Charleston dental practice, alleging that dentists tricked her into getting veneers.

The woman went in for a regular hygiene visit and was told she “needed” veneers. When she said she couldn’t afford the $5,000 price tag, she was apparently told she could receive them for free if she immediately signed a document. She was in the dental chair when she signed what turned out to be a credit application. She didn’t realize she owed money until she received the Care Credit bill a few months later.

The lawsuit claims this was an illegal violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act encompassing fraud, deception and false pretense.

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Cost of Veneers: Around $1100 per Tooth

dental veneersWhen we asked dentists what they charge for a dental veneer, the average answer was $1,100 for both a traditional porcelain veneer and for a Lumineer.

“Veneers are harder to do correctly from a technical aspect than a ceramic crown,” said one dentist. Agreed another, “I wish I could do them cheaper, but good lab work and planning takes time and money.”

“We do not do many partial veneers, mostly ‘full’ veneers: porcelain fused to zirconia. Actually, we never say ‘crown’ in our prosthodontic practice! Our patients come back and say they ‘just love their new veneers!’ Think about it; crowns are really full veneers,” said a prosthodontist.Cost of veneers

Here’s what else dentists had to say about dental veneers:

  • “I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, and therefore I charge the same amount. I charge more for dental implant crowns.” (California dentist)
  • “Depending upon the number of teeth to be done, I will discount my per-tooth fee.” (Oklahoma dentist)
  • “I charge more for the Lumineers because of the higher lab fee.” (California dentist)
  • “I do not like Lumineers except in certain situations. More marketing than good product.” (Mississippi dentist)
  • “I love the look of Lumineers.” (Wisconsin dental office worker)
  • “We charge the same for Lumineers as porcelain veneers. Lab bills are comparable as well. Patients seem to be more concerned with whether or not you need to cut the teeth than the cost differential.” (Ohio dentist)

Read more: Veneers: A Real Investment in Your Smile

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