If you have never visited a cosmetic dentist before, you may be wondering how to select one that is right for you. Here are three factors that we believe you should consider when making your decision.
Proper Training Key in Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist
One of the most important factors you should consider when choosing the right cosmetic dentist is background and dental training.
Minimally, dentists in Australia must have a Bachelor of Dental Surgery/B Dent or Bachelor of Dental Science from an Australian, New Zealand, or United Kingdom university before registering with a state to practice as a dentist. Registration requirements vary from state to state. Additionally, those who graduate from other foreign universities must become a resident of a state with an approved visa for employment to become a registered dentist.
It’s also important to find out the number of years a cosmetic dentist has practiced, especially in the specific treatment you require. This should include advanced training in cosmetic dentistry beyond the initial dental training.
Type of Cosmetic Dentistry Experience Helps Determine Best Cosmetic Dentist
Naturally, one of the first things you need to consider is the type of cosmetic dentistry procedure you are having done. Find out how many times your cosmetic dentist has completed this type of procedure. Ask for before-and-after photographs of the dentist’s work.
You also might want to find out what lab the dentist uses for procedures such as crowns and veneers to ensure it is a certified dental lab.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist You Can Talk to Comfortably
Lastly, it is vital that you select a cosmetic dentist that makes you feel comfortable. You will want to discuss thoroughly all aspects of any dental procedure you require. Find a cosmetic dentist who is open, honest, and able to communicate easily about the dental treatment and what you should expect.
You may want to be prepared with a list of questions to ensure you know things such as:
- Length of time in practice
- Number of times he has performed this dental treatment or procedure
- Possibility of complications and how to prevent them
- Your alternative dental choices
- Steps involved in this dental treatment or procedure
- How long it will take from start to recovery
- The expected outcome
- The total cost
Finding the right cosmetic dentist for you is all about finding someone who is capable, confident, and makes you feel confident. Don’t go to just any cosmetic dentist. Talk to family members and friends to see if they can recommend someone they trust.
It’s important to your smile.