If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to choose a cosmetic dentist who is truly dedicated to the art and craft of the discipline. Unfortunately, any dentist can say they’re a cosmetic dentist, but you don’t want a dentist who is only a part-time cosmetic dentist. So how do you tell which are the dentists that really focus on cosmetic dentistry rather than those that simply take cosmetic dentistry cases sometimes.
The most basic distinguisher is that you should only work with dentists who have extensive training in cosmetic dentistry. This shows an investment in the discipline, and it means that this dentist probably knows a few tricks that most dentists won’t.
But a serious cosmetic dentist likely isn’t only on the receiving end of training. Instead, they are cosmetic dentistry teachers who help show other dentists how to achieve quality results. Look for both education and teaching experience at prestigious cosmetic dentistry schools like the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).
Technology is another way that dentists invest in cosmetic dentistry. The technology advertised in a practice should be primarily focused on cosmetic procedures rather than general dentistry procedures.
But any dentist can buy technology. It’s another thing entirely to invent some. A serious cosmetic dentist has likely thought long and hard on the problems associated with cosmetic dentistry and has devised a solution to one or more of them. For example, FOY Dentures ® were invented by Dr. Rod Strickland after years of dedicated study of what makes traditional dentures unpleasant for both dentists and patients.
A huge part of your decision should be related to the ability of the dentist to achieve quality results. Look at the dentist’s before-and-after images and make sure these show quality results that you would be happy to achieve. Also look at testimonials and see what people are praising the dentist for. The procedures should be mostly cosmetic, and people should regularly mention the results they achieve.
It’s also good if there’s a mix of older and recent images. You want to make sure a dentist is continuing to do quality work. And if there are multiple dentists in a practice, make sure you see results from all dentists. You might have to ask about dates and dentists related to images during your consultation.
When you talk to a dentist in person, you can gauge whether they’re serious about cosmetic dentistry or not. Talk to them about what they do and see how they respond to the question. If they’re really interested in cosmetic procedures, they’ll focus on that type of procedure. You can tell from their voice, too, how committed they are.