Because not all general dentists have training in cosmetic dentistry , make sure you do your homework and research before selecting a dentist to redesign your smile.
Beginning the search for your cosmetic dentist
It is important that your cosmetic dentist has had specialized and continuing training on up-to-date cosmetic dentistry procedures. You wouldn't want to trust you teeth to a general dentist who enjoys performing cosmetic procedures, because the training and experience would be lacking.
1. Check with friends or family who have had cosmetic dentistry work done and ask who they would recommend.
2. Ask your regular dentist if there's anyone they would recommend.
3. Go to the websites of cosmetic dentistry organizations and see who in your area is licensed:
•Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) (www.lviglobal.com )
•American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) (www.aacd.com )
•P.A.C.-Live (www.paclive.com )
•American Society of Dental Aesthetics (ASDA) (www.asdatoday.com/about.html )
4. Look at the websites of those cosmetic dentists in your area who are licensed by the above dental associations. There should be a lot of information to guide you, including Before and After photo galleries, a biographical sketch of the dentist, and descriptions of all the procedures offered.
After you have located some promising cosmetic dentists you'll want to make sure they're properly licensed and qualified:
•Contact your state's dental licensing board. An internet search will help you locate the correct agency in your state.
•Contact the local county or circuit court where the dentist practices and ask about any malpractice suits filed against him or her. If this dentist has had more than three medical malpractice judgments in the last five years, consider looking for another provider.
Schedule an initial consultation with our cosmetic dentist
Write down all your questions and during your consultation, be sure to get clear answers to them. Don't be afraid to ask how long they been doing cosmetic dentistry and what kind of training they had with the procedure that you are considering. Also ask about the risks and what the complication rate in his or her office is for your specific procedure.
Ask to see before and after photos of the cosmetic dentist's actual patients. He or she should also be willing to provide references of past patients who have had the procedure(s) that you are considering.
If at any time you feel uncomfortable with the answers you are receiving, or have any misgivings about trusting this particular dentist, don't hesitate to move on. Your dental health and your smile are too important to entrust to any dentist but the very best.
If you live in the Portland area, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Matin today to schedule your initial consultation. She is a graduate of LVI and is specially trained in the full range of cosmetic dentistry services.