Not everyone is blessed with a perfect smile, and in days gone by, there wasn’t much that you could do about it. Now, however, with advances in cosmetic dentistry, most things are possible. There are many incredibly innovative techniques to enhance people’s smiles, from the relatively inexpensive to the extremely costly. The important point is that there are many options available, but by the same token, there are now many more chancers in the cosmetic dentistry field. Anyone who does a bit of bonding and teeth whitening can call themselves a cosmetic dentist.
The field is, however, generally far more complex than that, and you have to be careful when you choose a cosmetic dentist. We have put together a quick checklist for you to use when choosing a skilled cosmetic dentist.
The best place to start would be to find someone, a friend maybe, who has had complex smile enhancement, and ask them to refer you to their cosmetic dentist. Most people who have had cosmetic dentistry don’t really want to talk about it, so this might be a little more difficult than you think.
Once you’ve found a possible candidate, go and check their website. Find out what kind of treatments they offer. Often, you will find reviews on their website that you can check.
As mentioned earlier, anyone who does veneering and teeth whitening can call themselves a cosmetic dentist. However, if they have third-party accreditation in Cosmetic Dentistry, they have undergone a rigorous training and certification process. It is critical that the cosmetic dentist is qualified to perform the procedures he or she is advertising.
The next thing to try and determine is how experienced the cosmetic dentist is in the treatment that you are contemplating. Visit their website and look carefully at the glamour gallery and the before and after pictures. Look for quality, and try and gauge from the website the volume of clients treated. You want to see a lot of natural-looking, beautiful smiles. Be wary of flashy sites that use stock art photos.
The Initial Consultation
Once you have your shortlist, book an initial consultation. Most cosmetic dentists offer a reduced fee or no fee for the first consultation. The dentist is obviously trying to attract clients, but is also showing his willingness to build a personal relationship between you. Go armed with a list of what you would like done. Watch carefully how the cosmetic dentist handles what you want as opposed as to what he can feasibly do. Be careful of oversell. Do you get on with him and his staff?
You are going to invest in smile enhancement, so you need to be careful about whom you get to do the work. You are entitled to ask whatever questions you like. Above all, don’t make a hasty decision. Your dentist should explain all options and give reasons for the cosmetic treatments he or she suggests. Your smile is the cornerstone of your personal charm, so trust it to a cosmetic dentistry specialist to bring out that sparkle.