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Q: I would like to have some cosmetic work done on my front teeth. I have been looking for a cosmetic dentist, but they seem to be everywhere. Is cosmetic dentistry a specialty and how do I know who is good? P.C. in Talleyville

A: Any dentist can be a cosmetic dentist. We just need to know how to spell ‘c-o-s-m-e-t-i-c’. Cosmetic dentistry is not a specialty of dentistry and therefore the use of the name cosmetic is not regulated. There are only 7 actual specialties of dentistry. Public Health Dentistry helps to prevent disease and control dental health. […]

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Q: For a number of years I have wanted to get porcelain veneers. I have hesitated because all of the veneers that I have seen looked too thick or too white or just plain fake. How do I make sure that I get what I want? L.L. in Centerville

A: We commonly use a phrase in our office – “we want your beautiful smile, not your teeth, to be the first thing that walks into a room.” If the veneers are too white or too thick or too ‘anything,’ they probably won’t be what you are looking for. ‘Smile Design’ is the newest phrase […]

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Q: My physician is required to accept my medical insurance rates, why can my dentist charge whatever he wants and I have to pay the difference? H.T. in Hockessin

A: You have opened a can of worms and I would like to start by asking a question. Do dentists, and dentistry, want to follow medicine into the insurance/managed care swamp where insurance companies tell the doctors what to do? I assume that you have noticed that your primary care doctors (family practice, internists, and […]

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