5 Questions to Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist before You Agree to Treatment
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When you get cosmetic dentistry, you are putting your pearls of great price in someone else’s hand. You have to make sure that the person is worthy of your trust and will restore or maintain your oral and overall health. Here are some important questions you can ask to help identify the right dentist for your smile makeover.
What Are Your Credentials?
Unlike many different types of dentists, there is no educational requirement to become a “cosmetic dentist.” The dentist you’re considering may be well-trained in cosmetic procedures, or they may not be. You have to make sure you know. And hearing it from the dentist themselves can help you get a better understand of what they’ve really learned–it’s a lot more helpful than just a list of schools they attended on their website.
How Much Cosmetic Dentistry Do You Do?
As with anything, properly doing cosmetic dentistry requires that a person has a lot of practice to develop their skills and practices those skills regularly to maintain them.
Since anybody can say they’re a cosmetic dentist, there’s no requirement that cosmetic dentists really focus on that kind of procedure. The dentist you’re considering may be someone who doesn’t really do a lot of cosmetic dentistry, although they’d like to. You might be among their first cases. If you can avoid it, you’d rather not be somebody’s “learning experience.”
Can I See Before and Afters from a Recent Patient?
This is partly a check on the above question, and partly an opportunity to make sure a dentist has more cases than they put online in their before and after gallery.
A dentist who is regularly performing cosmetic dentistry will of course have recent images that probably haven’t made it on their website. And they’ll be happy to share them with you. Check the quality of these images carefully to make sure they’re as good as or better than the cases you saw online.
Related questions you might ask include: Can I see images from a case like mine? Or Can I talk to a recent patient? Seeing images of a “case like yours” tells you what your dentist thinks your case is like. And if a dentist doesn’t have a patient who is willing to talk to you, that might be a red flag.
Are You Trained in Bite Science?
Many dentists don’t realize the close connections between the function of the bite and the appearance of the smile. Nor do they understand how your bite impacts the health of your mouth as well as your overall health.
You want a dentist who knows these things and can take them into account when designing your cosmetic restorations. Otherwise, you may be setting yourself up for problems.
What Are You Doing to Make My Results Last?
It’s relatively easy for a dentist to make smile restorations that look good now. It’s a lot harder to make sure those results look good 5, 10, or 20 years into the future.
Make sure your dentist has a plan for maximizing the longevity of your restorations, although, of course, long-term results can’t always be guaranteed.
Dr. Kent E. White Is Ready to Answer Your Questions
If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Nashville, TN, we invite you to consider Dr. Kent E. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry. He is thoroughly trained in cosmetic and neuromuscular dentistry. His talent and experience have made him a recognized teacher and master of these disciplines.
Please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment with Dr. White. You can ask him all your questions, and we think you’ll love his answers.