Choosing the right cosmetic dentist can be a tricky task in today’s cyber-information world. Search engines like Google host a wealth of information, giving the consumer the ability to search, gather information, see photos, and read reviews. But this is not censored information and in this author’s opinion—should be read with both eyes open. Let’s filter through it together. Here’s my advice:
Looking for Quality?
Never get treatment from a dentist who runs specials. Specials are run for expiring meat and stale doughnuts…not dentistry.
Looking for Something Special?
If you’re looking for specific treatment: i.e. cosmetic dentistry, orthodontia, or oral surgery, try to see specialists in their respective fields.
The saying goes: Jack of all trades—master of none.
General dentists that do everything are not as experienced as specialists who focus on specific areas of practice.
Beware of “The Marketers”
There are dentists today that have very slick marketing campaigns. This is really a double-edged sword. On one hand—it’s a good sign of creativity on their part—which every good cosmetic dentist should have. On the other hand—don’t get swept up in the marketing and lose your vision of the type of treatment you desire and deserve. The best way to filter out a “marketer” from the real thing is to closely examine their work. Have them show you their work, lots of it. And make sure it’s their work and not someone else’s.
The first thing when looking at someone’s work is to look at the photography. Any passionate cosmetic or aesthetic dentist will care about their photography, which means high-res, clear, and color-correct images free of debris, saliva etc. The photographs are doorways into their work; you cannot be successful in today’s dentistry if you’re not photographing it…for many reasons. It’s pretty easy to examine the quality or level of the aesthetic capability in someone’s work simply by asking yourself if it’s something that you’d be happy with.
The trick is to look closely at the “after” teeth and make sure they resemble an actual tooth, not a veneer or crown. All aesthetic dentistry should look “invisible”.
Research “The Educators”
Some Dentists are professors at dental schools, highly published in their field, researchers, etc. I believe that dentists who are leaders in their profession have some affiliation to a university and lecture to their peers.
The trick is to find the dentists that have a good mix of teaching and practicing.
The trick is to find the dentists that have a good mix of teaching and practicing. Being solely an educator does not necessarily make for a good operator. Conversely, being a good operator without any educational ties could leave the practitioner behind in the latest technologies or techniques. It’s good to have a nice mix of both.
That Certain “Something”
The last part is the intangible. It’s the feeling you get when you meet the doctor. After all, you are putting your health or smile in their hands. You are creating a special partnership that both parties have to be on board with.
The results of any cosmetic or aesthetic procedure is not 100% predictable. Therefore, having a doctor that you trust and will help you through any bumps along the road is invaluable. This is why some of the best referrals come from close friends or family who have been treated and already experienced the doctor’s care.
I hope these tips are helpful. If you have any questions, please write in to the site and I will answer back to help guide you through your journey.