Misconceptions About Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic_Dentist Although cosmetic dentistry has become more popular in recent years, and it is easier than ever to find friends who have experienced cosmetic dentistry procedures, there are still some persistent “myths” associated with the profession.

Here are four common misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry, along with the facts to counter each one.

Misconception #1 – Cosmetic dentistry is a recognized dental specialty.

The truth: Any dentist can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist. It is important to check for credentials, such as membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and to review their online and other materials for evidence that they have done many cosmetic procedures.

Misconception #2 – You can trust any dentist to meet your cosmetic dentistry needs.

The truth: As noted above, while it is legal for any dentist to say he or she is a cosmetic dentist, a smile makeover requires an investment of both time and money. Your new smile is a work of art that you will share with the world every time you open your mouth, so it make sense to find a cosmetic dentist with a track record of producing beautiful, reliable results.

Misconception #3 – If you’ve seen one set of cosmetic dentistry “before and after photos,” you’ve seen them all.

The truth: Just as you wouldn’t hire a contractor for your house without some proof that they could improve your dwelling competently, you shouldn’t hire a cosmetic dentist without carefully examining their work through before and after photos. You will want to work with someone who has produced results close to what you’re looking for in your own mouth. Also – it’s important to verify the photos represent the dentist’s actual patients. Believe it or not, stock “before and after” teeth photos are sold commercially, so beware.

Misconception #4 – Cosmetic dentistry is primarily focused on improving your looks.

The truth: Almost all cosmetic dentistry procedures – from porcelain veneers and Invisalign braces to dental implants – provide an oral health benefit. Some treatments protect natural teeth from cracks and chips that can lead to tooth decay and infection; others, like an implant, provide protection to other teeth and the jaw when a tooth must be removed.

“There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to selecting a cosmetic dentistry provider,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “So be sure to use all the tools at your disposal in order to make the best decision for you.”

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