Most people want a healthy, beautiful smile. Although 64.4% of Americans visit their dentist on a yearly basis, there’s a difference between going in for your general checkup and going to a cosmetic dentist for a smile makeover. Choosing the best dentist for your cosmetic needs can be a challenge, but we’ve compiled a few tips to make your decision a little bit easier.
- Obtain referrals
To find the best dentist in your area, you need to do more than a quick Google search. Instead of picking a practice name out of thin air, you should obtain referrals from friends, family, and your general dentist. Since the field of cosmetic dentistry is a bit different from family or general dentistry, you’ll want to choose a dentist who specializes in the kinds of procedures you’re looking to have done. Do plenty of research and make sure the dentist you choose comes highly recommended by people you trust.
- Check credentials
It’s not enough to just assume that your dentist has the proper accreditations. The very best dentists in the cosmetic dentistry field will be certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You can check for this certification yourself on the AACD website. While any dentist can become a member of the AACD, they can only become certified if they undergo extremely high levels of training and education. Your smile matters, so you’ll want to make sure that your teeth are in good hands.
- View work
Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding. Before you sit back in the chair, you’ll want to see photos of your dentist’s work. Before-and-after photos can give you a good idea of the quality of their work. Reputable dentists will be happy to show you these examples to help you decide whether the results are in line with what you want. Pay close attention to the specific procedure(s) you’re looking into. Some dentists may have these photos highlighted on their websites, as well.
If you’d like to find out more about our practice or about how Virginia Beach Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help make your smile more bright and beautiful, contact us today.