May 24, 2019
Are you wanting to whiten your smile or fix that chip in your tooth? It’s easy to decide which cosmetic dental procedure you want, but do you know how to find the right dentist to do it? The American Dental Association doesn’t recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, so any dentist can claim to be a cosmetic one. It’s important to keep in mind some key qualifications when determining who will best brighten your smile. In this post, you’ll learn what to look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist that’s right for you.
The Top 6 Qualities of a Cosmetic Dentist
Keep these desirable aspects in mind when reviewing your practitioner options near Boston. However, make sure to always trust your instincts and put your comfort first.
A cosmetic dentist with many years of experience is more likely to be well-equipped to address your every need. Research your prospective dentists’ pasts and see which school they attended and if they’ve completed any continuing education courses or have specialty training in cosmetic procedures.
Make sure to also check which professional organizations your potential dentist belongs to. Keep in mind that the most qualified cosmetic dentists are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This association is dedicated to keeping up with the latest cosmetic advances and requires the completion of a comprehensive credentialing program.
References and Reviews
If any of your friends, family or coworkers have undergone a cosmetic dental treatment, ask them for a referral. You can also speak to your general dentist to see who they would recommend for your procedure. Checking a practitioner’s online reviews may also be helpful; pay close attention to testimonials from patients who received the same treatment that you are interested in.
An experienced cosmetic dentist will have a photo album available (online or in person) documenting before-and-after cases for you to review. Pay special attention to the cases that involved the treatment you are interested in.
Location and Hours
Cosmetic procedures can require multiple visits, so make sure that the dental office is in a convenient location from your home or work. Review the office’s hours and consider if they suit your schedule. Keep in mind how long it will take the dentist to finish your smile’s makeover.
If a dentist is perfectly qualified for your cosmetic needs but doesn’t feel like the right fit for you, don’t feel hesitant to choose a different practitioner. It’s important to choose someone who makes you feel safe and at ease. You should feel able to ask questions and trust the answers you receive.
Major decisions such as purchasing a new car or insurance plan require careful consideration and thorough research. Your choice in a cosmetic dentist should be just as important. Feel free to reach out to potential candidates and ask for information that will make you feel secure and safe in your decision.
About the Author
Dr. Jack B. Share has over 40 years of experience practicing dentistry. With almost a decade of teaching experience, he has contributed to textbook chapters on cosmetic dentistry and published numerous papers on cosmetic dental topics. Dr. Share is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association and Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. If you have further questions about cosmetic dentistry, he can be reached through his website or at 617-742-1350.
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