Choosing a dentist is a serious decision. Many dentists declare themselves to be cosmetic specialists, but you need to do practice due diligence to weed out the pretenders from the experts. Here are a few helpful tips on how to find a cosmetic dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry, for one, is not a specialty that’s officially recognized by the American Dental Association, so any dentist can legally refer to themselves as a cosmetic dentist. Let’s look at a few ways to determine if a dentist is a cosmetic specialist.
Look at Their Training
Consider dentists who have been formally trained to conduct cosmetic procedures. When searching for a dentist, ask these questions:
- How many years have they practiced dentistry?
- Did they receive post-doctoral cosmetic training? If so, where?
- Do they belong to any dental associations?
Don’t be afraid to directly contact the dentist and inquire about their cosmetic dentistry experience.
View Their Work
Most cosmetic dentists who excel at their jobs are proud of their work. On the dentist’s website, look for before-and-after photos. It’d be even better if there are some case studies and patient testimonials.
Learn About Their Technology
Look for dentists who are equipped with modern dental technology. Technology is one way to check the level of care and treatment in that office. Look for CAD/CAM restorative technology, digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and more.
Review Their Professionalism
During your initial inquires and consultations, confirm if that dentist office is attentive and patient-focused. In many offices, the patient can be an afterthought, with poor wait times, lazy receptionists, and dentists who refuse to listen to their patients. For you to receive the smile of your dreams, you need a dentist who is eager to communicate with you, relatively accessible, and committed to helping you. Your dentist needs to be able to fully explain and walk you through any procedures, and will help you understand the benefits and the risks of those procedures.
Your oral health and appearance is incredibly important to your livelihood. You need a dentist who you know can get the job done. For you to trust your dentist, you will need to evaluate their experience, training, previous work and bedside manner. Doing a bit of research to choose the right dentist can be the difference between receiving a subpar or a stunning smile.
To find out how Dr. Grossman can help to craft a gorgeous smile, contact us today.