There was a time when a dentist was no more than a tooth repair-person, but those days are long gone, and today’s patients expect more from dentistry. You want to love your smile, and attract attention for all the right reasons every time you open your mouth. For your most beautiful smile, you need a cosmetic dentist.
You might assume that anyone in Chicago calling herself or himself a cosmetic dentist has received specific training and passed cosmetic dentistry certification to earn the right to that title. You would be wrong. Cosmetic dentists are not required to have any special credentials, and there is no board certification available for this branch of dentistry. Any dental practice can be advertised as cosmetic, regardless of whether or not the dentist has any knowledge of smile design, or any particular artistic talent.
The risks of choosing an unknown cosmetic dentist
Cosmetic dentistry is defined as any type of dental work that makes your smile look better. That’s a pretty broad definition. A bad set of dentures would look better than no teeth at all, and an off-color filling would look better than a cavity. However, if you are seeing a cosmetic dentist, you aren’t looking for marginal improvement; you are looking for a dazzling smile.
Then there is the fact that “cosmetic improvement” is a matter of opinion; everyone has a different idea of a perfect smile. Some people like “Hollywood perfect” teeth, and others like a natural look with subtle variations. Some like a wide, bold smile and others like a softer, more conservative look. There might even be a dentist out there who thinks that green teeth would look better than white ones; in that case, a grassy new set of veneers could be dubbed a “cosmetic improvement.
Making a choice that you won’t regret
If you want a smile you can be proud of, then you want a talented cosmetic dentist who will listen to you, understand what you want, and work to turn that vision into a reality. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:
- Ask to see “before and after” pictures of real patients
- Choose an established dental practice
- Ask to see reviews or testimonials from real patients
- Look for a dentist with experience
- If you want the best of the best, look for a practice that has won awards from respected organizations. With a winning dental team and the wonders of modern cosmetic dentistry, you can have the smile of your dreams – with the wrong dental team; you could have the smile of your nightmares!