Whitening, veneers, bonding, shaping or dental implants. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, there are endless procedure options available to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. But how do you know which cosmetic procedure is right for you and your smile? And more importantly, how do you confidently select the cosmetic dentist to deliver on that smile?
It seems like a simple process, right? Do a quick Google search and schedule an appointment with the cosmetic dentist nearest to you. But the reality is, that not all cosmetic dentistry is created equal. That seems harsh, but it’s an honest truth. In a sea of endless options, it can be difficult to know how to decipher the differences between cosmetic dentists. But selecting the right cosmetic dentist is crucial to ensuring you receive the results you desire. Do the Google search, but ask yourself – and your dentist – these questions before you commit to a cosmetic procedure. Your smile and your wallet will thank you.
How many hours do you put into continuing education annually?
The minimum hours required to maintain a dental license is 16. That’s it. But the ability to create the Instagram-worthy smile you desire requires an extensive amount of education and training annually. The amount of hours your provider puts into their own education will give you clear picture of whether they are constantly learning and adapting to new procedures and treatment alternatives, or whether they are resting on the bare minimum.
Can I see your before and after images?
What we say is one thing, but the results we produce is everything. Most dentists willingly put their before and after results on display. At first glance, many of the results look similar, giving patients brighter, straighter teeth.
With a closer, more granular eye, there are significant differences. Differences you deserve to be able to spot for yourself. Next time you look at a smile makeover, look closely at the teeth individually. Are they extremely long? Do they have an unevenness about them?
You can also look at multiple smile makeovers and see whether or not the smile looks the exact same from person to person. You want a dentist who can create an individually-designed smile for each person and their own facial proportions, not a one-size-fits-all smile.
What type of technology are you using in your practice?
Leading cosmetic dentists consistently adapt to the latest technological advancements, and that adaptation is important. Whether it’s 3D imaging or digital impressions, you want a dentist who has ready access to innovative, modern technology.
Think about it this way: would you hire a photographer who uses a polaroid to photograph your most important moments? Absolutely not. If your photos deserve the best, so does your smile.
We encourage you to check out our smile gallery!