How to Choose Your Dentist for Cosmetic Dentistry
When it comes to your smile, you want to be confident you’re choosing the right cosmetic dentist. After all, it can impact your confidence, your lifestyle and the way others perceive you. Cosmetic dentistry goes beyond just aesthetics, too; it’s all about restoring functionality to your mouth, so you can chew and talk as normal.
In Australia, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognised specialty, which means any qualified general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. So, how can you be sure your dentist has the skills and experience to deliver leading-class care and optimal results for your smile?
Check their credentials
For the best possible results, make sure your dentist has received formal cosmetic dentistry training, as many general dentists claim to be qualified in this area.
Be wary of outlandish claims such as “Dr. X has carried out X number of smile makeovers”. If the number seems too high, it probably is, and they’re likely including simple whitening treatments in the claim, for example. Find out about their real, relevant qualifications before booking in for treatment.
Find out about their further education
All Australia-based dentists undergo cosmetic dentistry training as part of their undergraduate degree. However, you’ll want to keep an eye out for dentists that have gone on to study cosmetic dentistry as part of a graduate degree, or any other relevant further education.
This takes a little research on your part, though most dentists display their biographies on their website, so the information shouldn’t be difficult to find.
Are they a member of any relevant organisations?
Being part of professional organisations displays a commitment to ongoing education, research and specialism in the area of cosmetic dentistry.
Ask for before/after photos
Take a look at the dentist’s portfolio – which may be posted online, but should always be made available on request. Pay particular attention to cases similar to your own, if you already know the treatment you’d like to have done.
Meet them in person
The best way to determine if a dentist is the right match for you is to arrange a meeting and ask them as many questions as you need. You’ll be able to get a feel for the quality of the facilities, and whether you feel comfortable working with a particular professional.
During this face-to-face meeting, note how welcome and relaxed you’re made to feel, and how friendly and knowledgeable the entire dentistry team is.
Book a consultation at The Dental Boutique
The skilled private cosmetic dentists at The Dental Boutique would be happy to answer any of your questions at an initial consultation, to help you determine if our clinic and team are right for you. To make an appointment, simply email [email protected] or call (07) 5591 2262.