3 Steps to Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist for You
Whether you’re fixing a few minor problems with your teeth’s appearance or contemplating a complete “smile makeover,” you need to have confidence in the dentist performing the work.
Your area may offer a lot of choices in cosmetic dentists, so it can be difficult to narrow your decision to one.
To help you out, here’s a 3-step process for finding the cosmetic dentist who’s right for you.
Step 1: Know what you want.
Before embarking on your search, take time to ask yourself what you want changed about your smile. Your first move is to the mirror: what about your current smile bothers you (disfigured teeth, spacing, gum appearance, etc.)? What kind of smile do you want: a dazzling, perfect “Hollywood Smile” or something more natural with variations in shade and spacing? It’s also helpful to look through magazines or other photo sources for examples of smiles you find attractive — and don’t forget photos of your younger self.
Step 2: Research your choice availability.
You might start first with friends and family who’ve had positive results from cosmetic dental work. You can then review their providers’ websites, looking especially at any pictorial samples of their work. Look also for credentials from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Dentists credentialed by the latter organization must show their competency in cosmetic techniques and keep up with the latest trends with continuing education.
Step 3: Schedule an initial consultation.
Hopefully you’ll be able to narrow your choice to one or two. But before you commit, visit your top choice for an initial consultation. Besides discussing your particular situation, this meeting will also give you a chance to gauge how comfortable you are with the dentist: are they a good listener and open to your concerns and desires? It’s also the best time to discuss cost and financing arrangements.
Your smile makeover is a partnership between you and your dentist. Finding the right “partner” will be crucial to a satisfying outcome.