What To Look For In A Cosmetic Dentist

Phoenix_Cosmetic_Dentist When you go “practitioner shopping” for a Phoenix cosmetic dentist, you will have dozens of professionals from which to select. And this is an important decision – the work that they do for you will be on display for the world to see every time you smile.

Depending on what your goals are for improving your smile, you may already have very specific benchmarks in mind when you evaluate a Phoenix cosmetic dentist. At a minimum, the following items should be on your selection criteria list:

  • Cosmetic dentistry should be their specialty. Any dentist can call him or herself a cosmetic dentist, but you should look for one who specializes in cosmetic procedures.
  • The dentist should have extensive post-graduate training and experience. Many Phoenix cosmetic dentists are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and receive training on the latest procedures, techniques, and products.
  • The practitioner should have patient testimonials you can review, or (even better) lists of satisfied clients who will speak to you directly about the dentist’s work.
  • Review before-and-after photos of his or her work. When looking at these online, focus on the ones that show enough of the client’s face to ensure these were not stock photos purchased for the site!
  • If you come in for a consultation, make sure there is a “fit” between you and the dentist. Do you think you can work with this dentist, and partner closely with him or her during an extensive restorative process?
  • Notice the technology in their office. Does it seem up-to-date and well maintained?
  • Ask about their ceramicist. The ceramicist is the technician who takes the dentist’s design for a tooth and creates a durable, attractive, functional restoration. Ask if they use a “master ceramicist.”

“Your Phoenix cosmetic dentist is your partner in your smile’s transformation,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “Select them as carefully as you would when hiring any other medical professional.”



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