As the song from the Broadway musical Annie goes, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile.” And yes, having a great smile really does a lot of difference. As a matter of fact, a recent research has revealed that attractiveness may, in fact, affect perceptions tied to life success and personality.
Moreover, a study conducted by an independent research firm Kelton Research provides new evidence that an attractive white smile has a direct effect on successful interpersonal interactions, both socially and professionally.
It is always a good idea to seek ways to improve and enhance yourself. That is why choosing to have a great smile is not just a thing of vanity—it is a big step towards a more confident and more beautiful you.
Before we delve into the discussion on how to choose the perfect cosmetic dentist for you, let us first understand the concept of cosmetic dentistry. According to the definition offered by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, “cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile.”
Listed below are four tips to hopefully guide you in choosing the cosmetic dentist that best suits you.
1) Ask For Referrals
This is the best place to start. Ask that friend who recently got a smile upgrade that looked really nicely done. Ask about how well it fits him/her and how good the cosmetic dentist was. Also, do not shy away from asking other dental professionals you personally know who they recommend.
Family and friends are the best ones to ask because you can be rest assured that they will give honest opinions and answer your queries no hold barred.
2) View Previous Works
Most cosmetic dental clinics document the dental procedures previously performed by them with ‘before-and-after’ photos. They are usually viewable inside the dentist’s clinic or online if they have a website.
In fact, you can even see the work of the famous NYC dentist live on TV when Miss Universe comes on. However, you should be careful not to be fooled by fake before-and-after samples as they really do exist.
3) Do Not Compromise Quality For Affordability
Yes—cosmetic dentistry can be costly. However, you should not compromise quality work for affordability. Beware that some cosmetic products and/or procedures sold and done by non-dentists are too high risk. They usually end up destroying your smile instead of upgrading it.
Save up and go for quality dental surgeries. Complex procedures like cosmetic dental surgeries require experience and expertise.
4) Hold Experience And Education Of Dentist With High Regard
As was said above, experience and expertise are required in complex procedures like cosmetic dental surgeries. You should strive to find a cosmetic dentist who is well-versed in the most up-to-date dental treatments. This will give you the assurance that your future cosmetic dental surgery will be safe and worth it.
You can try looking up their websites and learn about the different training and areas of expertise they have. Also, maintaining professional membership in cosmetic dentistry associations and pursuing continuing education and training are also good signs that your potential cosmetic dentist is dedicated and passionate about what he/she does.