How To Choose A Cosmetic Dentist

How to choose a Cosmetic Dentist. When choosing a dentist or cosmetic dentist, interview them and ask to see photos of their actual work. Ask for references to see if previous patients were happy with the outcome.

Cosmetic Dentistry is a form of dentistry that focuses on the appearance of a patient's oral cavity and surrounding structures, rather than treating oral diseases. Cosmetic dentistry is available to help a person achieve a perfect, healthy smile. A few procedures a cosmetic dentistry are whitening, enamel shaping, bonding and veneers. While the best option, not everybody has access to famous Beverly Hills dentist Arthur Glosman DDS as he only serves Californians. This article is meant for those individuals.


"If you are sitting down with a dentist, and interviewing a dentist to do the work, I would ask them to see photos of their actual work," says Dr. Lawrence Addleson who practices general restorative and cosmetic dentistry, with an emphasis on aesthetics. He has been practicing dentistry for 36 years and has been practicing cosmetic dentistry for 29 years. "I think that is really critical. Another thing you should ask the dentist is if the photos around the office are theirs. A lot of times there are companies that sell you pictures of veneers, bonding, and implants, which you can hang on the wall. Also, you should see if you can call some of the patients to see how they felt about the work they received and get a reference, and have a conversation with them. There should always be good documentation with a good cosmetic dentist. If he has a website, visit it and if there are photos on the web, ask if the images are of their work as well. Ask him about his credentials and where he devotes his time in dentistry. A cosmetic dentist should really focus on a trade, or if he is a jack of all trades, if he is doing everything from orthodontics to extractions to fillings, maybe he is doing a little too much of everything."




Another great resource to use to find a cosmetic dentist near you is to visit The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry at www.aacd.com. An accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has completed extensive advanced training and education in cosmetic dentistry. In addition, a member of this organization has successfully passed a rigorous Accreditation Board Examination of their work and cases.

"One of the first places someone should look is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website," says Addleson. "We have a rigorous examination process, and through the process where you actually show your work, you either achieve accreditation from the academy or fellowship."

When discussing procedures with your cosmetic dentist, they should review the treatment plan and procedure costs with you prior to you giving them your consent to proceed. It is a good idea to review the results, what you expect to look like and what they are proposing, costs and follow ups. If risks are involved, discuss the risks and ask any question you feel necessary.

"If a person is having an issue, they need to contact their dentist and start doing some fact finding," says Addleson. "Start to understand all the options that they have. There are different causes for different problems. There is more to just making the teeth pretty; a dentist needs to decide what will work best for this patient. There are questions that dentists need to be asking themselves: What is the cost, and what is the best form of treatment for the patient? Let the patient know that. I think that is what patients are looking for-good advice and to know what is in their best interest, and to pick a dentist that makes sense to them and can fill their need."

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