Thinking about veneers – or invisible braces? Learn the horrifying truth about cosmetic dentists and you may think again:

  • There’s been a significant rise in people seeking cosmetic dentistry
  • There’s also been a surge in number of cases of negligence
  • Under-qualified practitioners are trying to cash in

According to Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, “When you are seeking a cosmetic dental procedure, do your homework. Be sure your dentist is qualified”. Dr. Johnson recommends you consider seeing a prosthodontist.

Prosthodontists have 3 more years of training and expertise than a general dentist. And anyone can call themselves a cosmetic dentist without any additional expertise or training.

In the past five years there has been a significant increase in the number of people seeking cosmetic dentistry – and a similar surge in the number of cases of negligence as under-qualified practitioners cash in.

In fact, a dental negligence law firm said they have seen a 20% rise in cases in the last year, “We are seeing a huge rise in cases involving cosmetic dentistry. So many people want to emulate that Hollywood smile that dentists now see cosmetic dentistry as a lucrative sideline. There are an increasing number of exclusively cosmetic dentistry practices, who market their procedures with glossy ads. There are no controls – any qualified dentist can set themselves up as a cosmetic dentist without further specialist training”.

Dr. Johnson wants you to be an educated patient. He will educate you on the options, materials and procedures that are right for you, and he encourages you to get several opinions. But most of all, he is interested in having you find the best and most qualified dentist to meet your needs and for you to be satisfied with your beautiful, new, pain-free smile.

For more information on cosmetic dentistry or the difference a prosthodontist can make, visit, And remember, “See a Specialist, the Difference Will Make You Smile.”

Excerpts – DailyMail