Are you thinking about getting a smile makeover? If you are, you want to make sure the dentist who performs the makeover is well qualified to do so. Getting the results you want depends on the skills and training of the dentist providing the treatment. Currently, cosmetic dentistry does not exist as a recognized specialty field of expertise within dentistry the way orthodontics or oral surgery does. The latter two fields require extra years of comprehensive study and training. Those who refer to themselves as cosmetic dentists may or may not have training and certification in certain cosmetic dental treatments.
What Training Does Your Cosmetic Dentist Have?
When you are looking for a particular cosmetic dental treatment, you want to make sure your dentist has some training in that area. Some treatments offer certificates or some indication that the dentist has completed training in the procedure. Cosmetic dental procedures can depend on many factors including the condition of the teeth, bone structure, health of gums, etc. If you are opting for a procedure in which one or more of these factors are crucial and the cosmetic dentist does not have the proper training, there is the chance that the procedure may not turn out as well as expected or it may even fail at a later date.
You’ve settled on a specific procedure to enhance your smile. Now you need to find people who have successfully had the same procedure completed; talk to them about their experience and what dentist they used. The cosmetic dentist you see should have before and after pictures available of his or her own patients. You don’t want to look at stock photos of before and after shots of random people. You want to see the work of the dentist who is going to do your work.
Is Your Cosmetic Dentist a Member of the AACD?
If you are looking for a highly qualified cosmetic dentist to perform your procedure, you should check their credentials for membership in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or AACD. Members of the AACD usually have current training on cutting edge advances in cosmetic dentistry. They are informed of the trends and they have opportunities to attend workshops and training on the newest innovations.
Your smile makeover is a big step in enhancing your overall appearance. You need to make sure that you are in good hands. We take your smile seriously at Texas Premier Dental. If you want a beautiful smile makeover, contact us for an exam and consultation.