For cosmetic dentistry, you want a cosmetic dentist. Seems simple enough, but here’s the problem: any dentist can call themselves a “cosmetic dentist.” So how do you tell the dentists who are truly serious about the art and craft of cosmetic dentistry from those who are happy to pick up a cosmetic case whenever they can, but aren’t really skilled at it? Here are a few things to look for.
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. If a dentist isn’t delivering quality cosmetic results, then they’re not really a cosmetic dentist you want to be working with. Start by looking at a dentist’s smile gallery and evaluating the quality of results. Would you be happy if you got these results? You should also look at testimonials on the dentist’s website (where they might be included in the smile gallery) and on independent review sites.
Make sure that all the images are actually of that dentist’s work, and that a dentist is continuing to add to their smile gallery. You want someone who is still doing good work, not a dentist who used to be great but is not just killing time until retirement. If a practice has multiple dentists, make sure you see work from all the dentists, or talk to the practice about which dentist performed which cases, then pick the right one for you.
Some of this information can only be obtained during a consultation, which is an important step in choosing your cosmetic dentist.
All dentists receive basic training in cosmetic dentistry as part of their dental education, but a dentist who is truly dedicated to cosmetic dentistry will continue to pursue dental education specifically focused on cosmetic techniques. A dentist should not only have taken classes, but should have attained the rank of Fellow or Master.
But a dentist who is truly serious about cosmetic dentistry probably isn’t just taking classes, he’s going to be teaching them, too. Look for dentists who have been recruited to teach at prestigious cosmetic dentistry schools like the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).
It takes the right tool to do the right job. Dentists that are serious about cosmetic dentistry have invested not only in their training, but also in their tools. Check to see that a dentist has tools that can help them deliver the most advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures.
One caveat here: some dentists don’t put their technology front and center on their websites. After all, technology is only a tool, and they don’t want potential patients to get distracted and focus on the tools of the trade when what really matters is the craftsman who is using those tools. But if you schedule a consultation, you’ll see the technology, and the dentist will be proud to talk about the tools they use to get great cosmetic results for patients.
Perhaps most important is how a dentist represents himself when you talk to him in person. If he’s serious about cosmetic dentistry, that’s going to come across. Ask them about their practice and see what they focus on. Ask them about your concerns and goals and see how well they respond to your question. If it’s not only detailed but also customized, then you know that you’re dealing with a dentist who is truly serious about cosmetic dentistry.
And remember that it’s not just what they say, but how they say it. You want a dentist who seems truly excited about the prospect of working on your cosmetic dentistry procedure, who is looking forward to getting you great results. That’s a dentist who is dedicated to cosmetic dentistry.
If you are looking for a serious cosmetic dentist in Tulsa, please call (918) 528-3330 for an appointment at Winters Dental Excellence today.