The Horrors of Botched Cosmetic Dentistry--and the Art Form It Takes to Fix Them--Look to CDA

Front and center in today's intense focus on personal appearance sits cosmetic dentistry. In the industry's explosion, there has been much botched cosmetic dental work--and it takes an innovative art form to repair it.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With the intense focus from the entertainment industry and social media, personal appearance—with the smile being the centerpiece—has come to serious prominence. Due to overwhelming demand, the ranks of cosmetic dentistry have swelled dramatically, and unfortunately not everyone is truly qualified. With $16 billion spent correcting botched work in 2016, up from $10 billion in 2015, it takes a true artist to correct it1. With the increased demand of a perfect smile combined with failed work across the country, Cosmetic Dental Associates (CDA) describes the best cosmetic work as a true art form.

Since 2004, correction of botched cosmetic dental work has increased from 30% to 40%. With the number of cosmetic dentists increasing by 16% over that time, the dollar amount spent on botched jobs is nearly $20 billion2.

John Moore, Jr. DDS, founder of CDA, says improving one's smile is no longer just the practical application of improving the overall health and functionality of teeth; cosmetic dentists with artistic experience have a better ability to visualize spectacular results with enough ease and confidence to make a difference to patients.

"In cosmetic dentistry, it is vitally important to take into account factors such as light reflections, color dynamics, optical illusions, optics, perspective and proportions," Dr. Moore said. "The skill to do so stems directly from formal art training. Many years ago, it became apparent to me that being able to apply these principles right in an office, assisted by skilled experienced lab technicians, made true dental artistry possible."  

A considerable portion of Dr. Moore's practice is in the correction of horrid smiles. Up to 40% of his revenue comes from correcting subpar cosmetic dentistry, which consistently leads him to seek out new and better ways of perfecting smiles.

The increase in botched jobs over the last 15 years can be attributed to dentists not understanding basic art techniques that can go a long way to perfecting a smile. Poor bonding techniques and a lack of knowledge regarding color combinations can cause the bonding to not match the color of the surrounding teeth, making them look gray or brown. Lighting is another important art factor that can cause bonds and veneers to look different. A dentist's work may look completely different in natural outdoor lighting compared with the light used during the surgery4.

It was Dr. Moore's knowledge and application of these art techniques that led him to seek out the work of an award-winning diamond cutter and take 15 years of art training, to mimic the way a diamond cutter works.5

Dr. Moore advises prospective cosmetic dental patients to pay close attention to artistry in any cosmetic dentist they are considering. "Ask for pictures and videos," he said. "In this day and age of digital cameras, HD videography and essentially unlimited storage all artists take pictures of their art. If it's worth taking a picture of it, they will." Dr. Moore went on to advise patients to ask doctors about the art behind their work including questions on coloration and exposure to natural light opposed to the surgical light.

Finally, Dr. Moore advises that prospective patients pay a personal visit as a last qualification. Ask all kinds of pertinent questions of the cosmetic dentist so that they clearly demonstrate they will provide the results the patient is paying very good money for.

About Cosmetic Dental Associates (CDA)

World-renowned cosmetic dentist John Moore, Jr., DDS, established Cosmetic Dental Associates (CDA) in San Antonio, Texas, more than 35 years ago. Educated as an artist and seeking the pinnacle of artistry for his profession, Dr. Moore is a pioneer of true aesthetics in cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, CDA is among a select group of ultra-modern cosmetic dental offices that can offer patients treatments with solutions designed in an in-office dental lab. Visit

About John Moore, Jr., DDS

Dr. Moore decided to dedicate his life to dentistry after an orthodontist literally saved his smile from buck-toothed ruin at a young age. In addition to the run-of-the-mill training in traditional math and sciences that most dentists do, Dr. Moore took the highly unusual step of engaging in formal art education, as well. This combination has enabled a career of creating beautiful smiles that sparkle: life-like, diamond-cut teeth that have empowered his patients to command the careers and live the lives they've always wanted.

1. Jr, DDS John Moore. "Today's Dentists Must Be Able to Correct Botched Cosmetic Dentistry." Dentistry Today. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 July 2017.

2. Efrati, Amir. "New Business for Dentists: Fixing Botched Cosmetic Work." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 29 June 2004. Web. 13 July 2017.

3. "Cosmetic Dentistry: The Art of Beautiful Smiles." Ora Dental Studio. N.p., 11 June 2015. Web. 06 July 2017

4. Everett, Jonathan. When Dental Work Doesn't Work: Fixing Problems Caused by Subpar Dentistry. N.p., 13 Sept. 2016. Web. 14 July 2017.

5. "A Look at "Diamond" Porcelain Restorations: An Interview with John Moore, Jr., DDS." Dipped in Sprinkles. N.p., 21 June 2017. Web. 06 July 2017.

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