Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist for You

The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, which can create a problem for consumers. Cosmetic dentistry is much …

The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, which can create a problem for consumers. Cosmetic dentistry is much more than just placing veneers and whitening teeth. Every person is unique, and It takes time, planning, and experience to design a smile makeover that looks sensational and maintains a patient’s unique look.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when searching for a cosmetic dentist.

1.     Training: A trained cosmetic dentist will have taken postgraduate courses in porcelain veneers, laser dentistry, all-white restorations, and other cosmetic procedures.  Do not hesitate to ask your potential dentist about his or her cosmetic training.

2.     Associations:The most well known association for cosmetic dentists is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Membership in the AACD does not ensure the validity of a dentist, but it does show that the dentist takes cosmetic dentistry seriously enough to invest in it.

3.     Payment Options: Generally, insurance companies do not cover cosmetic enhancements.  Make sure your potential dentist accepts credit cards and offers payment plans.

4.     Scheduling and Location: Will the dentist’s office hours fit into your schedule? Cosmetic procedures can sometime require several visits for multiple-part procedures and follow-up appointments.  Is the dentist’s office convenient to your home or work?

5.     Time Requirements: How long will it take the dentist to finish your smile makeover?

6.     Technology and Anesthesia: Dentists interested in modern and effective procedures often have the most advanced technology.  Ask your potential dentist.  You may also want to find out what kind of sedation is offered.

7.     Comfort: How do you feel in the dentist’s office?  Is the staff friendly?  Do you feel like you can ask questions and get the answers you want?