Tips on Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist
If you were to undergo cosmetic surgery, you would likely do your homework before choosing a cosmetic surgeon. The same should apply when choosing a cosmetic dentist. Though most dentists claim they do cosmetic dentistry, it takes more than that label to be truly skilled at it. Cosmetic Dentistry is not a regulated term. Though not a specialty, a true cosmetic dentist should be a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), which requires adherence to rigorous study, ethical standards and examination to qualify as an accredited member.
In addition to being a member of the AACD, a true cosmetic dentist will have undergone post-graduate training. Having advanced training in aesthetics and taking continuing education courses are what great cosmetic dentists do. Typically, a good cosmetic dentist also documents real-life testimonials in the form of before and after photos. Seeing actual smile transformations allows you to forecast the quality of work you will receive. Since cosmetic dentistry is truly an art form, it should be expected that only top quality supplies, materials, and laboratories are used. This may be reflected in the fee of service, but it is the best way to receive top quality results. A true cosmetic dentist will accept nothing less. Aside from presenting their credentials, they should listen to what you want and give you results you can feel good about. They should be an advocate of your overall dental health, and insist on addressing functional issues before performing cosmetic procedures.
You should ultimately feel comfortable with who you choose as your cosmetic dentist. With such a big decision, like transforming your smile, you should consider all the above factors. Ask your cosmetic dentist questions until you feel confident the dentist you choose has the talent and expertise to give you optimal results.
This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.