5 Tips for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

13 Jun 2018 by  Ali Long in Dentistry

Advancements in cosmetic dentistry provide numerous ways to improve your smile, correct troublesome issues and boost your confidence. There have been major innovations in natural-looking porcelain veneers, tooth whitening options, same-day dental implants and teeth straightening systems, giving you many possibilities for aesthetic and functional enhancements.

If you’re searching for a trusted and reputable cosmetic dentist in Suffolk County – someone who has the training, skill and experience to provide amazing results – we have a few tips to aid in your selection process.

The following criteria may be helpful in narrowing down your choices.

Education and credentials

In addition to a D.D. S. degree from an accredited institution, your cosmetic dentist should have extensive training in various types of cosmetic and surgical procedures including extractions, bone grafting, implant dentistry, laser dentistry, periodontal surgery and prosthetics. Look for membership in professional organizations like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Comfortable, caring environment

Going to the dentist can be stressful for people of all ages.  As soon as you enter the office, you should be in a calm, stress-free environment where patient comfort – and satisfaction — is a top priority. Are the staff personable and open to questions? Does the dentist have a friendly, caring bedside manner? If you’re very anxious, is sedation dentistry available?

State-of-the-art equipment & technology

Cosmetic dentistry is constantly evolving, and the best in the field want to stay abreast with the latest techniques and technological advancements. Does your potential dentist have a fully-equipped clinic with intraoral cameras, diode lasers, digital X-rays, monitor visuals and equipment for screening oral cancers?

Extensive experience in smile makeovers

Cosmetic dentistry is a delicate blend of science and art. Look for a cosmetic dentist who has years of experience honing their skills in the particular treatment you are considering, whether it is Lumineers, CEREC crowns or gum reconstruction. They may even open your eyes to a new solution that will yield even better long-term results. Before and after photos of actual patients who had smile makeovers are another good indicator of expertise.

A good communicator

Cosmetic dentistry can change your appearance dramatically, which means you need to understand your diagnosis, treatment options and what to expect. Good communication skills are essential, as you want a professional who can speak in clear, simple terms and someone who takes the time to thoroughly discuss your concerns, goals and expectations.

Suffolk County cosmetic dentistry

Just about every general dentist offers some cosmetic treatments these days, but when it comes to your smile, do you really want to take such a risk without doing your homework first? At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick strive to stay a step ahead of their peers through ongoing studies, lectures and conferences on the latest technologies and techniques designed to benefit patient aesthetics and dental health.

We invite you to schedule a complimentary consult with a cosmetic dentist Long Island residents have come to know and trust by calling 631.296.0609. Our office is centrally located at 31 Fairway Drive, in Rocky Point.

Additional Resources on Cosmetic Dentistry:

  1. Everyday Health, All About Cosmetic Dentistry https://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/cosmetic-dentistry.aspx
  2. American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Accredited members of the AACD http://yoursmilebecomesyou.com/cosmetic-dentistry/accredited-general-members/
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