Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist to whiten your smile or perform some other cosmetic dental surgery or procedure? It is important that you choose a cosmetic dentist carefully, because your smile is one of your most important assets. The things that you should look for when choosing a cosmetic dentist are: proper training and education, good patient success rate, and that you are comfortable with them.
In order to practice any type of dentistry, technically all you need is a dental license. But, there are professional dental organizations which provide additional training and certification for the various dental professionals-such as a cosmetic dentist. When you are choosing a dentist you should make sure that they have the professional training that is required and that they are in good standing with the State Licensing Board. If there are any complaints against the dentist of your choice, check to see if they have been resolved and how they were resolved.
You should definitely find out if the cosmetic dentist you are looking at has experience in performing the procedure you are going to have done and if the experiences have been successful. One way to do that is to ask to see an album of before and after pictures of patients who have had your procedure done or a similar procedure done. You can also ask for references to contact. Friends and family may also be a good resource for cosmetic dentist referrals. Ask if they would use the dentist again and what they liked and did not like about the dentist if anything.
Sit down with any dentist that you are considering and ask any questions that you may have. Some sample questions include: How long will the procedure take? How many visits will it take? What discomfort can I expect, if any? What is the recovery time? Make sure that the dentist is aware of your goals and expectations for the procedure and that they agree with them. They should be honest with you about the outcome. Almost any dental procedure will cause some pain and discomfort even if it is just momentary.