Smile Magicians: How to Choose Cosmetic Dentists

61% of Americans wish they could change something about their smiles. Your smile is the first thing someone notices about you, so it’s only natural to feel a bit self-conscious when showing your pearly whites.

If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about your smile, cosmetic dentists could be the answer! But choosing a cosmetic dentist is a daunting task. After all, you only want to trust your teeth to the best dentist!

Are you curious about how to choose the right cosmetic dentist? One that can help you achieve a smile you’re proud of? Keep reading for some insight and tips on cosmetic dentistry.

What Is A Cosmetic Dentist?

A general dentist concerns themselves with the health, care and maintenance of your teeth, such as cleaning, filling cavities, prevention, and so forth. A cosmetic dentist is a sub-specialty field of dentistry and they assist you with the look of your smile.

A cosmetic dentist holds the same profession as a general dentist but should have additional education and training in cosmetic dentistry. This includes areas like the shape of the teeth in the smile, gum symmetry, tooth placement or replacement, whitening treatments, alignment correction, and more. In other words, how to get the WOW look when you flash your smile.

6 Things to Look For in Cosmetic Dentists

Because cosmetic dentistry is a special practice that changes you appearance, you’ll need to make sure the dentist has some prerequisites. Here are some things to keep in mind as you search for the perfect cosmetic dentist.

1. Training And Education

While a general dentist might be able to assist in smaller cosmetic procedures, a cosmetic dentist should have the education and training in cosmetic dentistry to provide further options. They’ll have extensive knowledge of the field and can make recommendations based on your goals for your smile. Find a dentist that is an credentialed or accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD. Dr. David Eshom, as such, is an credentialed and accredited member and has been one of only fifteen board members worldwide of the AACD.

2. Reviews, Testimonials, and Pictures

False advertising is real. Many practices do it to lure patients in.Reading reviews online or in the office can help put you at ease, knowing that the dentist genuinely cares about the patients and is a qualified professional. Reputable review sites such as Yelp or Google Business provide accurate reflections of the office.

A real tip is to always ask the office for actual pictures of their patient’s results for a smile makeover like yours. This will show you the real talent of the cosmetic dentist you are interviewing. If you like the results of their cases, you know they can do the same for you. This saves you time searching for the perfect cosmetic dentist!

3. Qualifications

Look for a cosmetic dentist that is a credentialed member of the AACD. They are required to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies related to cosmetic dentistry through training and extensive continuing education, they can receive credential in cosmetic dentistry much like a board certified medical doctors. The credential is no easy task, and it takes five years to complete and many case submissions, exams and symposium presentations. This proves that they are dedicated and have the talent to produce the best looking smile and highest quality treatments.

4. Methods

Before you make any decisions, it’s essential to meet with the cosmetic dentist first and explore your options. Every cosmetic dentist uses different techniques and materials to give their patients a smile they desire. Ask how the dentist works to achieve these results, the time requirements, and what type of method they prefer and why. At Dr. Eshom’s office, he takes close-up photos of your face, smile and teeth (his photo shoot), sits knee-to-knee with his patient, asks questions about goals for their smile and listens. After visual examination, he reviews the photos of the patient’s teeth and smile with his patient and points our opportunities to accomplish the patients goals with usually two different approaches. He also discusses cost, time and tooth structure removal for each option. From there, he answers questions and lets the patient decide what will be best for them. His consults are collaborative, not dictatorial. Also, find an office that offers free consultations, like Dr. Eshom’s. Lastly, you should feel like you can trust your cosmetic dentist. Make sure you feel comfortable in their office with the team and doctor.

Other questions to ask are the length of time the dentist has been in practice if there will be any downtime or side effects, and the longevity of the results. You should also ask if their work is guaranteed. Dr. Eshom guarantees his cosmetic work for 5 years. Every skilled cosmetic dentist should guarantee their work with a warranty, and if your dentist doesn’t, they may not be confident in your results

5. Services

A cosmetic dentist aims to improve the look and function of your teeth. A cosmetic dentist usually was a general dentist first, so they can also do fillings, crowns and cleanings to support your other needs. Much like their cosmetic dentistry, they will take care and be precise in these general dental procedures too. Inquire about what services they offer first before scheduling your appointment.

Be sure to tell the dentist about your goals for the look of your teeth, as well.

6. Payments

In most cases, insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic work, though every situation varies. Also, reach out to the dentist’s office team and see what accommodations can be made for financing. Dr Eshom’s office is very insurance friendly and will do all to get as much insurance benefits that are allowed under you plan.

Your dentist’s office should have an estimate of the cost of any cosmetic work you’ll have. They should give you an invoice or itinerary of all the procedures and the total cost. That’s why Dr. Eshom offers complimentary consultations for all cosmetic procedures to give you an accurate and detailed breakdown prior to committing to any treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about the type of treatment or procedure your receiving, reach out to your dentist for a better understanding.

The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies depending on the treatment you need and the materials that are used. From teeth whitening to implants to dental veneers, the options for cosmetic dentistry are many. With a variety of choices, the cost will fluctuate depending on the severity of your condition and how much work you’ll need. Dr. Eshom is a “minimally invasive” cosmetic dentist so he offers the best plan to make your smile the best with the least tooth structure loss. Look for cosmetic offices that offer payment plans or financing options, like Dr. Eshom’s office.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Is it For You?

Cosmetic dentists are there to brighten your smile and your day. They should be specially trained to help you gain the smile you’ve always wanted and boost your confidence.

Are you thinking about seeing a cosmetic dentist? The expert team at Dr. David Eshom’s office can answer all your questions. Contact us today to see how we can assist you!

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