Aesthetic dentists are specialists in smile makeovers. Cosmetic dentistry is being chosen by many as a way to improve their appearance and regain a youthful look with procedures that enhance the smile. Choosing the right aesthetic dentist is very important, and it helps to know what questions to ask before making a decision.
By law all dental professionals, including Cosmetic dentists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental nurses, dental therapists, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic therapists who provide dental care are required to be registered with the GDC.
Being comfortable with your dentist and all dental professionals who will be providing your dental care is important. You should expect an aesthetic dentist to put your interests first, and to respect your dignity and maintain your confidentiality. You should also expect that your dentist to maintain the knowledge and skills to provide you with the best possible care.
A cosmetic dentist should be experienced in the procedures that you are interested in. All patients are different, and there are varying results with different types of treatments. Most important is that you are satisfied with the results this dentist has achieved in the past. Before and after photos can help you decide if you are happy with this dentist’s work. Do the patients’ smiles look natural? Do dental implants, veneers and lumineers appear to be the right shape and color? Do the smiles appear balanced?
During an initial consultation, an aesthetic dentist will make recommendations for your treatment based on your needs and desires. A good dentist will take the time to answer all of your questions, and tell you the results you can expect. He should also inform you of alternative treatments, and be prepared to provide you with a written treatment plan upon request. You will also want to ask if the treatment will be done under the NHS or privately, and the likely cost. If there is no price list posted, you have the right to ask for one.
Finally, it is important to not agree to any dental procedure before you are confident that this is what you want to do. An aesthetic dentist should be able to address your concerns regarding your treatment, and answer all of your questions. Choosing to have cosmetic dentistry procedures done is a very personal choice, and you should feel confident that your dentist can provide you with the best treatment possible.