Dr. Creasman: So every day we have people come in and say, "My last dentist said I needed to have crowns done and I didn't understand why." And I said, "Well, the honest answer is it's because they're easier to do."
Dr. Boulden: Yeah. It's kind of a funny phenomenon that doing more is easier, but I always tell people, the hardest thing to do in cosmetic dentistry is be super, super conservative because when you're... I'm really not throwing any dentist under a bus, but really, the easiest thing to do when you're doing cosmetics is saying, "I'm just going to do a bunch of tooth reduction on the tooth because I'm not exactly sure where I'm headed with my final goal or the final result, but I sure as heck don't want to send it to the lab only for them to send it back saying, 'Hey, doc, you need to reduce here.' So I'm just going to reduce all over the place," to the detriment of the patient's teeth, unfortunately, and now they can be bailed out with the ceramics on the other side.
Dr. Creasman: Right.
Dr. Boulden: So, like I said, one of the hardest things to do is go in knowing that you only want to reduce as minimally as possible in order to achieve that perfection of that smile. And that's why I think it's funny, it's that, you know, you would think doing a lot more work was a lot harder to do.
Dr. Creasman: Would be harder.
Dr. Boulden: Right, but it's just not the case. Conservative preparation, conservative dentistry, is a lot harder because the porcelain's thinner, you have to nail it, you have to get the occlusion perfect, you have to get the aesthetics perfect. You have to have a blueprint of exactly where you want to go in the end. You have to foresee that. And that's where we have the experience of doing thousands and thousands of cosmetic dentistry cases, and this is kind of all we do, all day, every day, so we know before we start, we're beginning with the end in mind.