In an increasingly image-conscious world, the booming sector of cosmetic dentistry is hardly a surprise. Of course, as more dental practitioners join the burgeoning ranks to become cosmetic dentists, patients may have a harder time deciding which aesthetically trained dentist would better cater to their individual needs and budgets.

What is the difference between a cosmetic dentist and a regular dentist?

Most cosmetic dentists are trained in general dentistry and offer similar services to that of your local practitioner. However, they also provide additional services that are focused on improving the appearance of your teeth, in most cases, utilising advanced dental techniques and materials.

The practice of enhancing the beauty of your smile is part science and part art. Unlike other dental disciplines, the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to beautify one’s smile and facial appearance while maintaining the teeth’s functionality and integrity. A good cosmetic dentist therefore combines the depth of clinical skills and knowledge with a flair for facial and smile aesthetics. Like many healthcare professionals, cosmetic dentists should take as much interest in your wellbeing, especially your teeth and gums. They are also focused in designing a beautiful smile that will complement your facial features including lips, cheeks and rest of your face.

Choosing the right cosmetic dentist generally involves more than just browsing the Internet. It is suggested that you consider:

Experience

As the adage goes: “Experience is the best teacher” - Visit the practice site and research the experience qualifications of the dentist, relative to the treatment options you are interested in. An experienced cosmetic dentist would have generally perfected the techniques and handled different situations that inevitably arise in their course of work.

Accreditation

Is the practice accredited with a reputable institution? This is important as most accreditations are awarded based on the practice fulfilling certain performance-based criteria that demonstrates unique traits such as work ethics, safety considerations, organisational abilities etc. Accreditations like Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) recognise private dental practices that are proficient in the area of patient safety as well as quality improvement processes that promote better patient care.

Range of services

It is wise to search for a cosmetic dentist that offers a wide variety of procedures. For one, you have more choice. The fact that most cosmetic procedures can be combined to achieve specific aesthetic goals makes locating all the services under one roof a convenient and cost-effective, long-term strategy.

Photo testimonies

You may ask the dentist for before/after treatment shots of former patients to get a better idea of what you can expect. The images also provide a visual gauge of the dentist’s clinical and aesthetic abilities. They may further attest to the skills of the dental technician who is responsible for fabricating the life-like prosthetics in a dental laboratory.

If you wish to find out how a dental procedure can beautify your smile, you can organise a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists based at the Albany Creek clinic. Call our friendly staff at (07) 3264 9590.