Picking the right cosmetic dentist is a great first step to achieving that wonderful smile you've always wanted and dreamed of.
Mostly everyone feels an attractive smile makes a person more appealing, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. But today, with any dentist out there claiming that they are a cosmetic dentist, it's difficult to discern who to pick.
Obviously, you want one that will be able to give you smile the experience and attention-to-detail your smile deserves. (Download our free eBook, 6 Essential Steps to Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist, for a more in-depth look into the selection process.) Here are some things to think about when choosing your cosmetic dentist.
Tips for Picking the Right Cosmetic Dentist
1. Is it Their Main Focus?
You’ll want to look for a dentist who has placed an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry as their primary focus in their practice. You don’t need to go to dental school to know the more cases a dentist has done, the more likely he can produce the results you expect.
2. Degree of Education
At dental schools, they teach a minimal amount of cosmetic dentistry. That’s why it’s important for you to follow up on the post-graduate credentials of a dentist when choosing. Have they gone through post-graduate institutions specializing specifically in cosmetic dentistry? What membership affiliations do they have? Where do they focus a lot of their continuing education on?
3. Referrals from Other patients
Testimonials are great, but what’s better than testimonials? Have the dentist give you patient referrals that you could call and discuss their experience in-depth. Other patients sometimes can give you a better insight into what you should expect before, during and after treatment.
4. Before and After Photos
When narrowing your candidates, make sure that the dentist has a great deal of photographs of their work. So you know what to expect from their work, before and after pictures are essential for evaluating the level of performance.
5. How Comfortable Are You with the Dentist?
It is important that you have a sense of trust and the ability to communicate openly with the cosmetic dentist that you choose. If you get a bad feeling, it might be best to move on.
6. Technology, Comfort and Office Standards
Take an extra close look around the office. Look at what type of equipment they use, ask questions about available technology and procedures, and check out the sterilization areas.
7. Expect treatment options.
During that consultation a dentist may explain to you "ideal" treatment and a variety of other options. Options are important because ultimately you are responsible for your own decisions, but you also need to fully understand (along with trusting your dentist) each option presented and what it entails.
Choosing the right cosmetic dentist for you isn’t something you will want to rush. Download our free eBook, 6 Essential Steps to Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist, today. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need on selecting the right cosmetic dentist so you don’t waste your time or money in the long run.