I’m a recovering bulimic. I think I’m doing well. I haven’t purged in several weeks. My therapist suggested I do something for myself as a reward. Something that will remind me of how far I’ve come. So, I’ve decided to get a smile makeover. I don’t know if I should go to a high-end cosmetic dentist or not. I’m worried that type of dentist will put too much pressure on me to look perfect. I don’t think I’m secure enough for that yet. So, given my unique situation, would I be better of with a normal cosmetic dentist?
Let me start by saying how brave and strong you are for getting treatment for your bulimia. Many young women refuse to even admit it’s a problem. What you’ve done is wonderful. While I understand your fear of being made to feel less than perfect, it’s actually the average cosmetic dentists who are more likely to make you feel that way. The best dentists for your situation are the expert cosmetic dentists. Generally, a smile makeover is done with porcelain veneers. However, sometimes with bulimic patients, dental crowns can be necessary for reasons I’ll explain later.
Almost every high-end, artistic cosmetic dentist has treated bulimic patients. They understand exactly what you’re struggling with and are sensitive to your needs. They don’t have the attitude of many general dentists that “they’re the professional and know better than you” which you find with general dentists. That’s because advanced cosmetic dentists understand it’s all about the patient’s view of their smile. If you’re not absolutely thrilled with the results, they’ll go back to the drawing board. In fact, high-end cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Murphree, have a beautiful smile guarantee.
My suggestion would be to look for one of the recommended dentists on the mynewsmile.com website that work in your area. They’ll work with you in a sensitive manner as well as give you gorgeous results. Tell them ahead of time your situation. They’ll want to check to make sure there’s not too much damage to the back of your teeth.
Whenever you purge, the acid eats away at the enamel on your teeth. It’s the back of your teeth which take the brunt of the damage. You can’t see the back of your teeth so are unlikely to know how much enamel has been eroded. If there’s a lot of damage, the cosmetic dentist may choose to do all-porcelain crowns instead of veneers. This has the added benefit of protecting the complete surface of the tooth instead of just the front.
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