Cosmetic Dentistry processes and treatments are quickly catching up with other forms of cosmetic treatments that people want to subject themselves to, for many reasons from aesthetic to medical. However, choosing the right professional to a cosmetic dental procedure on your teeth can be quite a task.
There may be a set of questions you want to ask yourself in choosing a professional that you can trust to do a good job. After all, it involves a lot of time, effort and money and one that needs a carefully thought out decision.
In helping arriving at the right decision, there are some basic issues that need more than satisfactory answers.
1. Is the cosmetic dentist suitably qualified?
This is the most important question. Cosmetic Dentistry is not recognized as a specialty area by the American Dental Association but accreditations from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is a must for every dentist who can hope to carry out cosmetic procedures. Dentists receiving accreditation from the AACD have undergone a substantial amount of education and training in cosmetic dentistry, passed comprehensive oral and written examinations, presented at least five cases of cosmetic dentistry procedures before a panel of experts and take an exam to attend to very high standards of ethics in cosmetic dentistry treatment. With these qualifications and credentials under his belt, a dentist is considered as having achieved the highest level of competency. Even after having obtained accreditation, a cosmetic dentist is required to actively participate in continuing education courses and be abreast of the latest technology trends in dental treatments.
2. Does the dentist have experience in special procedures especially in the area you are looking for?
Firstly, it will do you a world of good to read up and get some background research into the dental procedure you wish to have. A cosmetic dentist who specializes in multiple areas seems like a good choice especially if you need two or three different procedures. However, if the service requires is highly specialized, the best bet would be to go with a specialist in that particular area who can offer suggestions and variations for any extensive work. But that specialization should be combined with adequate experience in the procedure required.
3. Does the dentist have records of results of previous patients and can you speak to one or two of them for reference / testimonials?
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