I am considering a smile makeover. Do you have any tips on choosing the best cosmetic dentist? I want a beautiful smile, not just one that is okay.
Let’s shift your line of thinking. If you were considering cosmetic surgery, you would absolutely do your research when selecting the best cosmetic surgeon. You would likely have multiple consultations and research their credentials. It should be no different when it comes to cosmetic dentistry and selecting the best cosmetic dentist.
You’ll find that many dentists claim to do cosmetic dentistry. But to do truly beautiful, life-changing work requires extensive training and experience. It’s like an art. Less than two percent of dentists truly have the skill to create a beautiful smile makeover. The other tricky factor at play here is that cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty area within the field of dentistry. This means any dentists can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. One thing you can keep your eye out for is that an expert cosmetic dentist will likely be affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). In order to be a member of this prestigious organization, a cosmetic dentist must demonstrate their talent with their cases, they must pass a rigorous exam, as well as maintain high ethical standards. So, affiliation and involvement with the AACD is an indicator of their passion for cosmetic dentistry.
Also, an excellent cosmetic dentist will have undergone extensive training on cosmetic dentistry subjects, ie. porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, dental bonding, etc. They will have no shortage of before and after photos and complete transformations, which should give you an idea of the quality of their work. If you’re looking for an expert, their price point may reflect their ability and high skill level. But it sounds like you are looking for the best. In meeting with an excellent cosmetic dentist you should feel like what you say matters, like they are listening to your goals and priorities, and also that they care about the end result. Most expert cosmetic dentists will have some sort of beautiful smile guarantee in place. This would be along the lines of several opportunities for you to see exactly what your new porcelain veneers would like, prior to them being permanently bonded in place. Also, if for any reason you don’t love the way they looked at these different stages, the cosmetic dentist would send them back to the ceramist until they are perfect. So, that’s something to discuss when evaluating different practices.
Trust, comfort, and likeability should also factor in. Transforming your smile is such an important decision and when it is done beautifully, it can become such an asset in so many areas of your life. Don’t settle for anything less than the best when searching for the right cosmetic dentist.
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