What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most think of tooth whitening or porcelain veneers, but a cosmetic dentist can provide much more.
A skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help to improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem, and confidence. Today, cosmetic dentistry has continued to evolve to where cosmetic dentists can address functional and esthetic patient concerns.
Choosing the best cosmetic dentist
AACD member dentists strive to be the best in their field. If you are searching for a cosmetic dentist near you, try our Find a Dentist tool. This directory lists AACD member dentists from around the world.
There are numerous criteria upon which you can select a cosmetic dentist. For some patients it comes down to convenience and cost. But if you’re looking for the best cosmetic dentist that will help you achieve your best smile, evaluate candidates on these points:
Training & Education in Cosmetic Dentistry
Very few dental schools provide general education in cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, it is essential that a dentist pursue post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry to master the principles. There are numerous, well respected cosmetic dentistry education programs. The AACD provides ample learning opportunities for member dentists. Those dentists striving to be the best apply for Accreditation in the AACD, testing their skill through practical examinations and real-life case presentations. Learn more about the difference between an AACD member dentist and an accredited member.
Skill & Experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
In addition to education and hands-on training, it is important to know how many years of experience a dentist has practicing cosmetic dentistry. Also ask the dentist how much of his or her practice is devoted to cosmetic dentistry. While there is no specialty in cosmetic dentistry, those who strive to be the best in their field see a significant volume of patients for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. As with any craft, the level of skill often corresponds with the number of years of experience. That’s not to say that a new dentist can’t provide excellent cosmetic dental treatment. Which brings us to the last point…
Before and After Photos & Patient Testimonials
Ask to see examples of cosmetic work completed by the dentist. You can also search online for reviews and testimonials and even ask the dentist if you can speak with a few of his or her patients.
But what it all comes down to is how comfortable do you feel in the practice. If the dentist and staff make you feel comfortable and well cared for, you’re sure to have a great experience.