If you were interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure, you would likely do your research before landing on a surgeon. The same time, care, and caution should be used when looking for a cosmetic dentist. Many dentists will claim to be cosmetic dentists, but that is not always the case. Because cosmetic dentistry is not a regulated phrase, any dentist can claim to be one. However, a true cosmetic dentist should be one who is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). The AACD requires strenuous study, adhering to specific standards and an examination to qualify as a member of the organization. In addition to membership in the AACD, a true cosmetic dentist will have undergone post-graduate training, in addition to what he or she received in dental school, receiving specialized training in aesthetics, as well taking continuing education courses are steps that great cosmetic dentists take to further their craft.
In addition, a good, reputable cosmetic dentist showcases his or work with real-life testimonials in the form of before and after photographs. Seeing the actual smile makeovers will allow you to gauge the quality of work you will receive. Because cosmetic dentistry is truly a form of art, you should always expect that a solid cosmetic dentist will only use top quality supplies, materials, and labs. This may also be reflected in the dentist’s fees, but is a way to receive quality results, as a true cosmetic surgeon would accept nothing less than the best.
Lastly, a true cosmetic dentist wants to give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Therefore, he or she should listen to what you want, and do whatever they can to provide you with the results you have been hoping for. They should want first and foremost for you to have good overall dental health, and insist on correcting any dental health problems prior to performing any cosmetic procedures.
You should feel very good and confident with whomever you choose to be your cosmetic dentist. Taking steps to change your smile will be life-changing as well, and thus, it’s crucial to consider all of the above factors when making your decision.
This blog post is provided by the office of Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.