If you’re thinking about improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you’re about to make a great investment. Statistics show that people with a pearly white smile are considered to be more attractive, intelligent, successful and friendly, than those with darker teeth.
An even more compelling reason to invest in a mouth makeover is the surprising impact whiter teeth can have on your career. Research shows that people with whiter teeth are more likely to be given the job and, on average, earn considerably more than co-candidates for job interviews who have less desirable teeth.
As well as having a dramatically positive impact on the first impressions you make on acquaintances, like interviewers, a whiter smile with cosmetic dentistry is also known to boost self-esteem and self-confidence.
After hearing the positive effects that whiter teeth can have on your career, bank balance and well-being, I’m sure you’re even more convinced that it’s time to get in-touch with a cosmetic dentist to give you a dazzling smile. The key questions to ask now is – how can I be sure that the cosmetic dentist I’m selecting is reputable, qualified and experienced? In this article, I’ve put together top tips to help you choose the best cosmetic dentist for your requirements and tastes.
How to select the best cosmetic dentist for your needs
When considering which cosmetic dentist to employ, I’d recommend considering these key factors:
Cosmetic dentistry education and training
As with any profession, a reputable cosmetic dentist will have invested time and effort into skilling-up with the most reliable cosmetic dentistry treatments. In the UK, you are required to have an approved degree in dentistry to practice as a dentist. Other qualifications with kudos include membership of
- The British Dental Association (BDA) UK
- Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) UK
- American Association of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
- British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD)
For prospective dentistry patients in the UK, Dr BalwantVekaria of London City Smiles cosmetic dentists in London is an award-winning dentist who has a reassuringly prestigious resume of qualifications and accreditations. If your cosmetic dentist’s CV is not prominently displayed, don’t be too shy to ask about their education and training background.
Visual evidence of previous mouth makeovers
A picture paints a thousand words. If a cosmetic dentist provides you with lots of images of his or her work, and you’re impressed, they may be a good choice for your dental work. Buyer beware though, as you’ll know in today’s media driven world, all is not always as it seems. You need to be careful to check that any images of people with dazzlingly white teeth are the dentist’s actual former patients, not just stock photos. If you confirm that the images are of former patients, and you’re impressed with the mouth makeovers you see, you are well on your way to finding the right cosmetic dentist for you.
Offering a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures
A specialist cosmetic dentistry practice will offer a full range of cosmetic procedures. The dentist’s website is the obvious first port-of-call to find out which services are offered.
A family dentist is likely to perform lots of crown and bridge cases but may only perform veneer cases occasionally. In contrast to your average family dentist, a cosmetic dentist will regularly perform specifically cosmetic procedures. A specialist cosmetic dentist is likely to offer a number of these types of procedures:
- dental implants
- crown lengthening
- teeth stain removal
- smile makeovers
- teeth whitening,
- traditional and minimal-prep porcelain veneers
- white restorations
- fillings and crown restorations
- various options for teeth whitening
- cosmetic bonding and contouring
- laser gum contouring
- orthodontics such as Hollywood Smile
I hope you’ve found this article helpful in outlining some key questions to ask the dentist, to ensure you’re selecting the best cosmetic dentist for your mouth makeover.