According to National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology Chair Heather Voss, CDT, veneers are a great option for many dental patients. These custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials can be placed on the front of the teeth to mask mild to moderate tooth discolorations, though they also offer many other esthetic benefits. For example, the Academy of General Dentistry reports that they also serve to correct minor misalignments and reshape peg-shaped and undersized teeth.
“Although no one dental treatment is perfect for everyone, having alternatives to other traditional dental procedures makes dental healthcare accessible to a broader group of patients,” says Voss. “Another key component to successful treatment is working with a dentist you can trust – which means asking the right questions about who is actually making your veneers.”
Patients have the right to know where their restorations are from and the qualifications of the business that made the restoration. NADL’s campaign, “What’s In Your Mouth?” suggests patients assess the quality of their restorations by asking their dentists these five basic questions:
- “Do you use a Certified Dental Technician for your laboratory work?”
- “Is the laboratory you work with certified and by whom?”
- “Where is your dental laboratory located?”
- “What patient contact materials are in the restorations you are prescribing for the treatment plan?”
- “How does your dental practice ensure that it is not using misbranded or grey market dental implant parts?”
For information on the campaign and more about dental technician standards, please visit the website: http://whatsinyourmouth.us/.
The National Association of Dental Laboratories is the unified voice of the dental laboratory profession supporting dentistry and serving the public interest by promoting high standards. NADL accomplishes this by providing programs, services and networking opportunities to meet the evolving technical, educational, professional and business needs of dental laboratories.