More and more people are now becoming more conscious of their smiles thus increasing the need for a cosmetic dentist. Unlike a general dentist, those who are involved in cosmetic dentistry put additional focus on the aesthetic appearance in addition to the health of the teeth. Because of the demand, some will claim to offer such procedures but are in reality untrained to do so. It does not come as a surprise then that we often hear of “horror stories” from patients who were worked on by dentists claiming to be knowledgeable in cosmetic dentistry.
One such story for example is about a patient who had veneers fitted on his teeth. However as time passed, the veneer started to have a yellow color. One possible answer is that the veneer may not have been made of porcelain considering this material is highly color-stable. It could be that the dentist simply used a resin and did it so as to appease the patient and get paid. Even with stories like this, there are still a number of dentists who put patient care ahead of earning money. Here are four qualities of a good cosmetic dentist.
A. Continuing Education — As professionals find new and more effective ways for people to have that perfect smile, with it comes the advancement not just of procedures but technology as well. By continuing to take trainings, a good dentist does not only become updated on what is new but further enhances his skills as well.
B. Experienced — Training may be a good way to further one’s skill but to test if that training has been effective then a good dentist has to have the experience to back it up. The longer a cosmetic dentist has been practicing, the better the chances that he has become an expert in it. It goes without saying that along with this long experience should be a string of successful and satisfied patients.
C. Awards/Organizations —Since cosmetic dentistry is still not an approved specialization, then a dentist must make sure that he or she belongs to an accredited organization. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is one such organization which requires that dentists undergo extensive training in order to be accredited. Along with the accreditation a good dentist should also be able to inform patients of any awards received.
D. Patient Centered — This is one of the most important yet often forgotten aspect when talking about a good dentist. A good dentist must be patient-centered. That is, he or she must be willing to listen to what the patient wants and not immediately force procedures on said patient. If the dentist believes that the patient has been misinformed then he or she should make sure to tell that patient. A number of dentists nowadays claim to know about cosmetic procedures but only as a way to get more profits rather than helping patients.
These are the four qualities of what makes a good dentist. Though we have focused on cosmetic procedures, this is also applicable to the dental industry can include an emergency dentist or general dentist for that matter.