Are you looking for an expert to completely transform the appearance of your smile? If so, you need a cosmetic dentist! Because the American Dental Association doesn’t recognize cosmetic dentistry as a specialty, any dentist can claim to be a “cosmetic dentist.” So how do you know which practice to visit for your life-changing treatment? Read on to learn about the 5 most important factors to keep in mind during your search.
#1. Experience & Training
The first step you can take to weed out some of the competition is to check the background and education of your potential cosmetic dentist. Where did they get their dental degree? Have they received any awards? Have they taken any continuing education courses related to cosmetic dentistry? You can usually find the answers to these questions in the doctor’s bio. Once you’ve learned more about your potential cosmetic dentist, you will feel more confident in your choice.
#2. Advanced Technology
Cosmetic dentistry blends art and science to create the beautiful smile of your dreams. However, you can’t receive the best treatment without the latest technology. That’s why you should check to ensure that the practice you’re considering has advanced dental equipment like laser dentistry, all-digital X-rays, and sedation.
#3. Payment Options
Cosmetic dentistry usually is not covered by dental insurance because it is seen as elective. That’s why, especially if you’re on a tight budget, choosing a cosmetic dentist who accepts various payment methods is vital. Do they have any cosmetic dentistry specials they are currently running? Do they accept alternative financing?
#4. Before & After Photos
When it comes down to it, the most important part of cosmetic dentistry is the end result – the smile of your dreams. That’s why it’s a good idea to look at your potential dentist’s before and after photos (also called a smile gallery). Once you look at their work firsthand, you’ll have a better idea of the results you’ll be able to achieve by choosing that particular cosmetic dentist.
Last but certainly not least, there is simply no substitute for your comfort. Visit your potential dental office in person and speak with the staff to see if you feel welcome and relaxed. After taking a quick tour and learning more about the practice and dental team, you’ll be ready to make your decision and get started with cosmetic dentistry.
Finding a cosmetic dentist is easy with a little know-how. Follow these 5 tips to choose the perfect cosmetic dentist for you!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Susan Kutis has won not just 1, but 4 different “top dentists” awards throughout her career. She has extensive experience, plus numerous hours of continuing education in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Kutis is even a faculty member at The Pacific Aesthetic Continuum, where she travels twice a year to teach other dentists how to place veneers and fix larger, complex full-mouth reconstruction cases. To schedule an appointment, she can be reached through her website or by phone at (303) 973-1112.