Cosmetic dentistry can do wonders for smiles that have become less than perfect over the years. However, it’s not only the cosmetic dental procedure that can recreate your smile, but it is your cosmetic dentist that is ultimately responsible for obtaining the best results. Unfortunately, cosmetic dentists are not all cut from the same cloth and they can vary in their experience and skill sets. In order to find the best cosmetic dentist, here are seven things you should look for:
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is a professional organization dedicated to improving the field of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentists with AACD credentials have completed the rigorous process which consists of a written examination, several clinical cases, and an oral examination. This process takes years to complete and only about 350 dentists around the world have earned AACD accreditation. To learn more about AACD accreditation, see: “What are AACD Credentials and Why They’re Important”.
Completely Dedicated to Cosmetic Dentistry
Many dentists claim to be cosmetic dentists, but a true cosmetic dentist devotes the majority of their time and practice to cosmetic dentistry. When researching possible cosmetic dentists, be sure to ask them how often they perform cosmetic dental treatments.
An Office With the Latest Dental Technology
Recently, there have been many advancements in dental technology that can produce better aesthetic results faster and more comfortably than in the past. A top cosmetic dentist will provide their patients with the use of this technology to ensure the best results and patient experience. Some examples of dental technology include digital x-rays, dental lasers, and intraoral cameras or scanners.
Examples of Their Work
In most cases, cosmetic dentists who are proud of their work will display several before and after pictures for potential patients to look at. This will let you examine what they are capable of to determine if you will be satisfied with the end result. While browsing through these photos, you may also come across a case similar to yours, so you can see what has been done in the past.
Makes You Comfortable
Many people suffer from some level of dental anxiety, so it becomes essential to find a cosmetic dentist that makes you feel comfortable during treatment. The best cosmetic dentist is one that will listen to your concerns, answer all your questions, and carefully explain their treatment approach.
Dedicate Enough Time
Along with making you comfortable, a great cosmetic dentist will also make sure they devote enough time to your appointments and treatments. Now every dental office has its busy days, but if you are constantly feeling like you’re on an assembly line or being rushed out of the office, you may want to find another cosmetic dentist.
Offers Payment Options
Unfortunately, dental insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic dental treatments. A good cosmetic dentist realizes this and provides their patients with different payment options. Some people may avoid cosmetic dental treatment because of the cost, however affordable cosmetic dentistry is possible through monthly payments and financing plans.
When looking for the best cosmetic dentist for your needs, it is important to also look for these seven things. Cosmetic dentists who have these seven things are more likely to provide you with great, lasting results. Not all cosmetic dentists are the same, but with this guide, you can find a top cosmetic dentist in your area.
Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.